Tesla Rear Seat Windows Don’t Go Fully Down (Finally Fixed)

You want to open the window of your car to get some fresh air or a traffic infraction, whatever the cause; you just want to take a back when the window stays still. 

When your Tesla rear seat windows won’t go fully down during rainy or cold weather, it is quite a frustrating situation for you. 

This is a typical issue, but there are some quick and inexpensive fixes. Let’s look at how and why window regulator problems occur in this article.

Let’s Get Started…!!!

How to Fix Tesla Rear Seat Windows Don’t Go Fully Down

You probably learned that the windows in most of your automobiles do not go down as far in the back doors as they do in the front. 

This realization most likely occurred when you were a young child and had to sit in the rear row while your parents or older siblings sat up front. 

You were then forced to choose between risking vehicle sickness by staring out the side or at the back of the seat in front of you.

There could be many reasons why the back seat windows in your Tesla won’t fully open. Here are a few typical explanations:

1. Safety Concerns

Although the physical constraints of the door and window are the main cause of the rear windows only rolling down halfway or partially, safety is also one of the factors. 

In general, young children and animals like to ride in the rear of a car. That’s why it is advantageous for rear windows to be unable to fully open, preventing them from crawling out the window and suffering (considerable) injuries.

2. Child Safety Locks

The rear windows of your Tesla cars frequently have child safety locks installed. The child safety lock feature may prevent your rear windows from fully lowering, so you have to make sure it is turned on. 

To prevent the windows from fully closing, make sure the child safety lock is not activated. To activate the child locks you have to follow the below-stated steps:

  • On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks > Child Lock.
  • You can choose to engage the child lock on both rear doors, or you can choose Left or Right to engage it on just a specific door.

3. Window Calibration

The window system may occasionally need to be recalibrated because it may be the cause of your Tesla rear seat windows malfunction. 

Your Tesla vehicle’s auto-calibration capability can be activated through the vehicle’s settings or by adhering to the owner’s manuals’ detailed instructions.

You can calibrate a window to solve the problem if it performs unexpectedly in the unlikely occasion that it does. To perform the calibration procedure of your window, try to adhere to the following steps:

  • Lock the door that leads to the impacted window.
  • Close the driver’s door while seated in the driver’s seat.
  • Raise the problematic window until it stalls using the switch on the driver’s door.
  • Lower the troubled window till it stalls by using the switch on the driver’s door.
  • Step 3 should be repeated while raising the problematic window until it stalls.

Ideally, your window has now been tuned. After attempting the calibration process a few times, if your problem persists try to get in touch with the Tesla service center.

4) Error due to Obstructions

Check the window tracks and seals for any debris, foreign objects, or impediments that might be preventing the windows from fully going down. 

The window won’t be able to go down fully if there is even a small object trapped in the track.

5. Window Motor or Regulator Issue

Your Tesla rear seat window does not go fully down if there is an issue with your motor or regulator. To fix this issue you have to replace the motor by following the below-stated steps:

To begin working on your window motor regulator first, you must have to remove the door panel.

  • Pry the sail panel off.
  • Next, pry the door and pull the trim off. The trim beneath the door pull should then be removed by prying. The door panel should be lifted off.
  • Afterward, you have to unplug the wiring harnesses.
  • Releases the latch rod.
  • Remove the 11mm bolts from the window regulator while maintaining your grip on the window.
  • After that, you have to raise the window by pulling the regulator forward.
  • Remove the two 11mm nuts on the window regulator track while holding the window in place with painter’s tape.
  • Remove the window regulator’s six rivets by drilling them out, and then unplug the window motor connector.
  • The window motor should be connected, and the window regulator track should be secured with two 11mm bolts.
  • The latch rod should then be reconnected.
  • After that, you should check the regulator and raise it to the proper height. The window should now be slowly lowered to the regulator.
  • If your window has an automatic feature, raise it all the way and tighten the two 11mm bolts holding the window and regulator together.
  • Bring the window down and then press and hold the button for three seconds.
  • Now you have to install the door panel.
  • After connecting the wire harnesses to the door panel, raise the door panel into position.
  • Push the door panel clips in after that. The four 7mm screws in the panel’s center must now be tightened.
  • Next, tighten the two 7mm screws that are attached to the panel’s bottom. Right at the top, tighten the 7mm screw.
  • Then, you have to press down on the trim that is directly below the door pull.
  • The door pulls trim needs to be pressed against. And finally, press the sail panel.

6. Software Update

Over-the-air software updates are sent to your Tesla vehicles, and these updates may occasionally address window operation-related problems. 

That’s why if you think that the issue is due to software you have to make sure to update the latest software version on your Tesla car.

7. Window Reset

Frequently, your Tesla vehicles include a mechanism that lets you reset the windows to fix the problem you might be facing. Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  • With the engine off, take a seat in the driver’s seat.
  • Make sure all doors are shut completely.
  • Keep the window switch for the problematic rear window depressed for at least 10 seconds in the “down” position.
  • For 10 seconds you have to press and hold the switch in the “up” position.
  • On the other side follow the same procedure.
  • In the end, you must have to check the functionality of your rear seat windows.

8. Construction of the Window

Many car owners build their vehicles in such a manner that the rear seat windows are not capable of going fully down. 

The reason behind this is the curves that are present in your back wheel. The windows are inefficient in rolling down and are not flexible enough. 

To fix this you have only one option left which is to divide your Tesla rear seat windows into two compartments, in this way, the front section will go fully down.

9. Environmental Conditions

The working of your rear seat windows will largely be affected by the weather conditions in your surrounding area. 

When the condition becomes better the problem will also go away. You deal with this problem you should try to open the driver as well as passenger side controls of your Tesla vehicle. 

In this manner, you will confirm whether the issue is with your windows itself or it is just due to environmental circumstances.

10. Damaged or Broken Window

If you have tried all the under-stated options then the last might be your Tesla windows itself. If you see that the passengers in other Tesla vehicle’s rear seat windows moving by your side completely fall then you must check your windows. 

Maybe your entire window is broken or damaged which is causing it to work properly. To fix this issue simply you have to just go to your nearby Tesla center and buy a new window regulator. 

You can also repair your vehicle window if you have some knowledge of engineering.

11. Contact your Tesla Customer Service Center

We prefer you contact your Tesla customer service center to fix your problem. You just have to explain to them about your issue in detail. They will provide you with better guidance.

Final Thoughts

Till now, I have explored all the factors that are contributing to your Tesla rear seat windows not going fully down and also proposed some potential solutions. Potential solutions could encompass:

  1. Focus on your safety first.
  2. Child safety locks should be activated.
  3. Calibrate the windows.
  4. The windows should be clean.
  5. Replace the faulty window motor or regulator.
  6. Update your Tesla software.
  7. Reset your window.
  8. Check the construction mechanism of your Tesla windows.
  9. Focus on other contributing factors from the environment.
  10. Replace the damaged or broken window with the new one.
  11. Reach out to your Tesla customer service center.

I hope that the data I have provided you in this article will help you to solve your problem. You can adapt the above-mentioned proceeding actions to fix the problem.

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any information you want to convey to us relevant to the topic. We would be delighted to hear from you.

How should I know that my Tesla window motor needs to be replaced?

Your window will not go fully down or even if it is going down the process is very slow. You might also hear a clicking sound whenever your Tesla window motor needs replacement.

Can my Tesla windows retract completely?

No, generally you cannot do much to retract your rear seat windows completely. It is because of the safety concerns and the physical restrictions.

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