Tesla Windshield Wipers Won’t Turn Off (This Worked For Me)

Imagine you are cruising down the highway. Enjoy the ride with your favorite music and a gorgeous view through the windshield and suddenly your windshield wipers are turned on without any input. You are turning your wipers off but they keep turning on over and over. It would be very frustrating.

My brother had faced the same problem. He told me and we researched it and found out all the possible causes and solutions for Tesla windshield wipers not turning off.

In this article, I am going to explain these causes and solutions for Tesla windshield wipers not turning off.

Let’s get started…

Tesla windshield wipers won’t turn off – Causes And Solution

The solutions for Tesla windshield wipers not turning off are very simple and easy. You can easily turn off your windshield wipers with these solutions. The causes for this problem are activated autopilot, glitches and bugs in your Tesla software, sensors malfunctioning, faulty wiper stalk, and electrical issue.

Now I am going to explain these causes and solutions for Tesla windshield wipers not turning off.

Keep reading…

1. Activated Autopilot or FSD

Your Tesla autopilot system has rain-sensing capabilities that enable your vehicle to detect rain, snowfall, and other precipitation on your windshield and to turn on the windshield wipers.

If you turn off the wipers, these will again turn on automatically to clean your windshield.


Turning off the autopilot can fix this problem. Turning off the autopilot will also disable the windshield wipers to turn on automatically.

To turn off the autopilot you just need to gently move the right stalk upwards or just press the brake paddle. You can also turn the autopilot off by jerking your Tesla a little bit. We don’t recommend doing this.

2. Software glitches

One of the most common causes of the problem is glitches and bugs in your Tesla software. Glitches and bugs can occur due to outdated software or errors in the wiper control module.

Such bugs and errors cause Tesla to recognize the command to turn off windshield wipers.


  1. The first thing you should do to fix your wipers is reset the wiper controls.

Follow these steps to reset the wiper controls,

  • Go to the “control“.
  • Go to “wiper controls“.
  • You will see an option to reset the wiper controls.
  • Tap on the reset button.
  • Wait for the reset to complete.

2. Performing a soft reset can also fix this problem by removing the glitches and errors in your Tesla.

To reset the Tesla follow these steps,

  • Ensure that you are seated in the driver’s seat and the vehicle is parked.
  • Press and hold the two scroll wheels buttons.
  • Hold the buttons until the touchscreen turns off and the Tesla logo appears.
  • Now release the buttons and wait for the touch screen to reboot.

3. Outdated software is also a reason why your Tesla windshield wipers are having problem. Updating your Tesla software can fix this problem.

Follow up to update your Tesla software.

  • 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“.

3. Sensor Malfunction

Malfunctioning of sensors can also lead to such problems. Accumulation of dust and debris on the sensors and cameras can also cause the malfunction of your Tesla sensors.

Calibration errors and faults in your Tesla Sense are also reasons for your sensors malfunctioning.


  1. Make sure that there is no accumulation of dust and debris on the sensors and cameras. If you find it, clean the sensors until there is nothing in it.

2. Recalibrating the sensors can also fix the problem of windshield wipers.

To calibrate the sensors follow these steps,

  • Go to Tesla’s settings menu.
  • Go to the sensors section.
  • Tap on the sensor calibration option.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions. 

3. Faults in your Tesla sensors can also cause this problem. If you suspect that the sensors are not good, you need to fix them or replace them with new ones. For this, you will need some professional assistance.

4. Contact the Tesla customer service or visit the nearest dealership. The professional technicians will inspect your sensors and cameras and will fix them.

4. Faulty wiper stalk

The left stalk which is the wiper stalk is responsible for the windshield wipers. If that stalk becomes faulty, it can also cause the problem with wipers.


Check your wiper stalk for any physical damage like loose connections, corrosion, or worn-out buttons. If you suspect any of these visual damages, you need to fix this. If you have some knowledge of technical work, you can fix that wiring and replace the button yourself.

If you don’t you will need some professional assistance to fix these. Contact Tesla customer service or visit the nearest dealership to fix them.

5. Hard reset

Performing a hard reset can also fix Tesla windshield wipers issue. A hard reset will fix all the errors and glitches and your Tesla will be like a new one.

But you should only do it when all the other solutions don’t work. Because a hard reset will remove all the data and information that you have provided to your Tesla.

Follow these steps to perform a hard reset,

  • Ensure that your Tesla is parked, and the vehicle is turned off.
  • Open the front trunk and locate the 12V battery.
  • Disconnect the Negative Terminal from the battery.
  • Leave the negative terminal disconnected for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Reconnect the Negative Terminal and Turn on your Tesla.

6. Connect customer support

We have tried and discussed all the problems that can cause the issue off but if the windshield wipers are still turning on, try connecting the Tesla customer service. They will diagnose the problem and will assist you to fix this problem.

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 this article. The solutions include

  • Disable the autopilot.
  • Reset wiper settings.
  • Perform a soft reset.
  • Update your Tesla software.
  • Ensure there is no dust on the sensors.
  • Recalibrate the sensors.
  • Fix the sensors or replace them.
  • Fix your wiper stalk.
  • Perform a hard reset.
  • Contact Tesla customer service.

We have discussed all these in detail and answered some questions that you might have in your mind.

If you have something to share with us about this topic feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Can I manually turn off the windshield wipers if they won’t stop in my Tesla? 

Yes, you can manually turn off the windshield wipers by adjusting the wiper controls on the steering column or through the infotainment system.

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