Tesla Charge Port Latch Not Engaged (How To Fix)

The “Charge Port Latch Not Engaged” error is a frequent issue that Tesla owners experience. This problem causes trouble while charging the car, and the Tesla owner will feel annoyed.

In this article, I will look at the usual reasons for this message being displayed, alongside the actions you can perform to fix the issue.

Let’s Begin….!!!

How To Fix Tesla Charge Port Latch Not Engaged

There are several reasons that will cause this problem. It may be due to any physical damage or the charge port may fill with debris. Additionally, problems with software may also result in deficient charge ports. We are going to discuss some of the reasons for this error along with their solutions below:

1. Cracked Charge Pin Tips:

This is the most common issue that can cause this problem. The charge pins are the main source of transforming electricity to your Tesla by connecting with the plug. In your Tesla charger, each pin contains a plastic tip. But rarely a pin fracture or fails to contact, or dirt accumulates into the handle portion that connects to your car.

Damage, deterioration, or additional factors that interfere with the mechanism’s capacity to keep the charging connector secure may be some reasons behind the broken charge pin of your Tesla charger.


If compressed air is available, use it to blow out all the dirt and debris from your charging port, and then you can carry on charging as usual. Otherwise, support from the Tesla service provides instructions to solve this problem.

On the charger pins, if you observe some broken plastic tips, you may require to replace them. Ideally, you can also install an alternative version by substituting the charge port that is more resilient.

2. Debris in the Charge Port Inlet:

While trying to insert it, you may have some problems with the charging cable which can lead to this issue. Your charging cable may not be properly connecting with the charge port lock due to wear and tear or damage to your Tesla’s charge port inlet.

The other reason behind this may be due to some kind of debris that accumulates in your charge port inlet and damages your inlet. It also prevents you from fully inserting the charging cable.


You need to get rid of any type of dirt or debris by using a soft piece of cloth to delicately clean the inlet with the help of a flashlight. You should not use any sharp thing to clean because it might damage the pin. Try inserting again after cleaning your charge port to check if the problem is solved or not.

3. Software Malfunctioning:

Sometimes the error may appear without any visual damage. The main reason behind this is software malfunctioning, system error, network issues, or any other factor that can cause this problem in your Tesla. Because Tesla provides you with regular software updates, that are necessary to install to prevent errors in your Tesla.


You might use a new charger or reset the vehicle’s software to get rid of the problem.

Firstly before installing the new software, you can restart the older version by repeatedly holding down both scroll buttons on your touchscreen until the screen becomes black.

You can also fix this problem by updating the software of your Tesla if any is available. 

You can update your Tesla by following these steps.

  • Ensure that your Tesla vehicle is connected to a stable network.
  • Tap on the “Controls” icon on the screen.
  • Select “Software” from the menu.
  • Look for the “Software Update” button to check for available updates.
  • Click on “Install Now“.

You may also use a different charger that is appropriate for your car to check if its works or not.

4. Environmental Issues:

This error can also be caused due to extreme weather conditions. In colder climates, the range of Tesla tends to decrease, and it takes a longer time to charge your Tesla which depends upon several circumstances.

Around the charge port of your Tesla, an accumulation of ice may also occur that prevents the latch from fully fastening with the connector. Similarly, in colder climates, Tesla car batteries lose more power.


Battery expert Shirley Meng, professor of nanoengineering and materials science at the University of California San Diego said that “When it’s severely chilly outside, you must take extra care. However, do not think of this technology as being stagnant. Many scientists are working on solving this, and it will improve.”

If you suspect that the accumulation of ice or freezing of your charge port latch is causing this issue. You need to de-freeze the latch port. You can melt the ice by using a hair dryer at low fan speed.

To avoid this problem in the future you should park your Tesla in a garage or under any hood where it can stay safe and protected.

5. Tesla Support Service

Contact Tesla customer service for more help if your problem cannot be fixed using the troubleshooting techniques that we have listed above. They can give you some extra information or may arrange a service appointment to identify and fix the problem.


It’s very necessary to pay attention to your charging port to avoid any type of inconvenience in the future. Tesla requires regular servicing and repairs to keep its charging devices in excellent condition for operations. You can avoid this problem by following the recommendations below:

●      Place your charging cable in a proper spot.

●      Avoid exposing your charging cable to high temperatures.

●      Clean your charge port regularly.

●      Frequently check your charging cable.

●      The charge cable will be fully inserted if the vehicle starts charging and the charge port indicator flashes green. Therefore, while charging, assure yourself that the charging cable is completely inserted.

●      Use charging stations and adapters that are well-matched with your Tesla.

●      To increase the efficiency of your vehicle’s charging system, Tesla provides software upgrades. Checking for and installing these updates can help prevent future errors.

●      Maintenance of your Tesla on a regular basis can assist in identifying possible concerns before they develop into significant issues. Bring your Tesla in for routine maintenance at a licensed repair shop.

Final thoughts

So far we have discussed all the possible causes and solutions for the problem Tesla climate control keeps stunning on. The problems and solutions are explained in the above article. The solutions may be including:

  • The charging port latch should be clean.
  • Charging pin tips should not be damaged.
  • The charge port inlet should be spotless.
  • Tesla software should be updated.
  • You should rest your Tesla settings.
  • Verify if there is any frozen charging port or inlet.
  • For further assistance try to in touch with Tesla customer support service.

We have discussed all these in detail and answered some of the questions you might think.

Feel free to tell us information about the topic. We would acknowledge your interest.

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