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Tesla Model Y: Applying WD-40 to Door Handle Pivot Pins

Tesla Model Y (2020-2024) Owner's Manual / Driving / Cold Weather Best Practices / Applying WD-40 to Door Handle Pivot Pins

In severe winter conditions, applying WD-40 to door handle pivot pins can help prevent ice buildup that might immobilize the handle. Consider applying WD-40 to the door handle pivot pins if you are expecting freezing rain, heavy snow, or icy conditions. Reapply as needed.

CAUTION: Read and observe the instructions and warnings provided by WD-40 prior to performing this procedure.

To apply WD-40 to the door handle pivot pin:

1. Open the door handle and prop it open using a folded towel or other soft material.

2. Attach the provided straw to the nozzle of the WD-40 bottle.

3. Put on eye protection.

4. Place the end of the straw next to the pivot pin and spray it for approximately one second, taking care not to accidentally spray other components.

NOTE: Rest the end of the straw on the top of the spring around the pivot pin to better aim the spray.

WARNING: Make sure eye protection is worn when performing this step.

Applying WD-40 to Door Handle Pivot Pins

5. Remove the towel or other soft material used to prop the door handle open.

6. Pivot the door handle in and out approximately ten times.

7. For a second time, place the end of the straw next to the pivot pin and spray it for approximately one second, taking care not to accidentally spray other components.

NOTE: Rest the end of the straw on the top of the spring around the pivot pin to better aim the spray.

8. Remove the towel or other soft material used to prop the door handle open.

9. Pivot the door handle in and out approximately ten times.

10. Perform this procedure on the other three door handles.

Windows

  • On the mobile app, navigate to Climate > Defrost as mentioned previously. Your vehicle heats the driver and passenger windows to melt ice that could prevent windows from moving.
  • Model Y automatically makes a slight adjustment to the position of the windows to make it easier to open doors in cold temperature.
  • Use the mobile app to schedule a service appointment for Tesla to provide hydrophobic coating to your windows for a nominal fee.

Mirrors

If ice buildup is expected when parking, turn off Auto-Fold Mirrors. Touch Controls > Auto-Fold. Ice can prevent exterior side mirrors from folding or unfolding.

NOTE: Side mirrors automatically heat as needed during preconditioning, or when the rear defroster is turned on.

Wipers

If you expect snow or ice to build up when parked, touch Controls > Service > Wiper Service Mode. This raises wipers against the windshield so they can defrost when the windshield defrosts (see Wipers and Washers). You can also turn on wiper defrosters (if equipped). See Climate Controls.

Tires and Tire Chains

  • Use winter tires to increase traction in snowy or icy conditions. You can purchase winter tires on http://www.tesla.com (see Seasonal Tire Types).
  • Tire chains provide additional traction when driving in snowy or icy conditions. Check local regulations to determine if tire chains are recommended or required during winter months. See Using Tire Chains for more information.

Your vehicle's tire pressures will drop in cold ambient temperatures. If the TPMS indicator light appears, inflate the tires before driving. The tires will lose one PSI for every 10º F (6º C) drop in outside temperature (see Tire Care and Maintenance). Proper tire pressures help protect tires from potholes and improve range when properly inflated.

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