Tesla Not Charging: How To Fix It?

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The worst nightmare for anyone who owns a Tesla. When you go to get into your car at the supercharging station, you find that it isn’t charging. Despite the fact that Tesla has experienced charging issues, there are now fixes available. Read this article and you can learn how to fix this problem.

Why A Tesla Isn’t Charging

It Could Be A Fuse

The fuse box is a great place to start whenever something electronic in your car isn’t working. An integral part of your car’s wiring is a fuse, which serves as a sacrifice. This technology is not brand-new because it has been used on gas-powered vehicles as well.

The basic concept is that the fuse will self-destruct if your car experiences a surge or spike in power. Instead of, say, replacing the entire motor when it malfunctions, you only need to change the fuse.

Battery Might Be Damaged

It may not even accept the charge if the battery is damaged because of this. This could be a reference to any physical harm that has been done to your battery.

Limited charging is just one of many signs you’ll notice if this is the situation. You can also consider Tesla’s performance overall, your ability to travel a certain distance in it, and any other bugs it may have.

Your Power Went Out

It’s possible that the electricity in your house went out. It should go without saying that a dead grid will prevent your car from charging. Before attempting to diagnose the problem with your car, quickly check to see if there is power in your home.

The Circuit Tripped

It’s also conceivable that only your charger’s circuit tripped and shut off. If your car has a Level 1 charger, find out which circuit supplies the outlet.

It’s a little harder to locate the charger if it’s hardwired to your grid. I would advise getting in touch with the electrician who originally ran the wire. They will be aware of the incident. You could also look for a label for your garage charger on the circuit breaker.

Public Charger Might Be Defective

You might be able to hold the charger responsible if your car stopped charging while you were using a public charger. Like many other public services, these are frequently not maintained as well as they ought to be.

Have You Forgotten To Make The Supercharger Payment

A Tesla Supercharger requires a fee for use, so be prepared to pay. Contrary to popular belief, there is a cost associated with these services.

You won’t be able to begin charging if the charger is unpaid. In the future, bear this in mind.

Charging Port Could Be Corroded

The charging port on your Tesla may begin to corrode if it is left idle for an extended period of time or is left outside. Charging will then be sporadic after this occurs. You might have a partially charged Tesla if it starts charging but then randomly stops charging throughout the night.

Check the charging cable as well to see if there is any corrosion on the plug. If that’s the case, the issue will persist.

You Have A Battery Charge Limiter

The battery in your Tesla could be dying due to a certain phenomenon. The key is overcharging your battery. It may seem like a strange idea, but it’s one of the most important ways to maintain the long-term health of your electric battery.

The Plug Isn’t Pushed In Far Enough

Checking to see if the plug is inserted far enough into your Tesla is one of the easiest fixes. The plug sometimes needs to be pushed all the way into the connection port with a little bit of force.

Outlet Connection Isn’t Secure

On the other hand, the charger may not be properly connected to the wall. Verify the charger plug is fully inserted by looking at the wall outlet to which it is connected.

Remove it entirely from the wall socket before plugging it back in for confirmation. Remove the plug and contact your electrician right away if the outlet shows any signs of damage. 

Your Tesla Is Glitching

There is a well-known bug where a Tesla will stop charging just short of 100%. When the battery in your car reaches 95 to 99%, it simply stops taking in new charges.

The Car Is Protecting Its Battery

For the battery’s protection, Teslas have a hidden feature. Tesla vehicles have software that prevents charging if they use too many Superchargers until a technician examines the car.

This is a well-known problem that has existed ever since Superchargers were first introduced.

You Scheduled A Starting Time

The ability to schedule a start time is present on many chargers. You might find that your car isn’t fully charged when you wake up if you unintentionally set this up.

When your car is plugged in but the scheduled starting time arrives later, this occurs.

The Chip Burnt Out

You can find a lot of chips all over your Tesla. Your Tesla’s ability to accept the incoming charge is due in large part to one component. The flash storage chip, called the embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC), is what you need.

A soft recall has been issued for the eMMC due to some reliability issues. In essence, the chip burns out because it is overworked. Once burned out, the car becomes confused and will either stop charging at random or won’t allow charging to begin at all.

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How To Fix The Problem

Connect Your Charger To Wi-Fi

One of Tesla chargers’ key selling points is the ability to perform smart charging. You can schedule charges, keep track of usage, and modify your settings once you’re connected to Wi-Fi. You can’t access those settings and your charger won’t start receiving the inputs it needs to charge your car if the charger isn’t connected.

Check Your Charger Timer Settings

Your car can be programmed to only charge during certain hours. Therefore, if you come back one afternoon and plug in your charger but have it set to only work at night, your car won’t get charged.

Having such a setting on makes it likely that you won’t remember to turn it off, which can be frustrating when it comes time to use the car again.

Fortunately, the solution is straightforward. Open your app and modify the timer so it can function during the day while the charger is online. You can return to your preferred setting once the car has been charged.

Use The Timer Override Button

As a follow-up to the above point, you can temporarily cancel any charging schedules preventing your car from getting fueled when you want by pressing the timer override button on your car’s dashboard.

Once you’re plugged in and ready to start charging, a Tesla only requires that you tap the “Start Charging” button on the touchscreen. Your pre-planned charging intervals resume if you choose to “Stop Charging.”

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Remove The Extension Cable

It’s likely that your Tesla won’t charge if you recently installed a home extension cable. Most modern Tesla charging stations have more current than these cables are capable of handling. Additionally, your car’s connector is recessed. Probably not enough of the connector is being accessed by the plug for the car to be charged.

The home charger cable is extended by using extension cables. You can avoid using the extension cable by moving your car closer to the charger.

Check The Connector

The charging point connector on a new home charger model might not work with the one in your car. It’s possible that a car with a CCS port (found on European Tesla models) instead of Tesla’s exclusive port won’t function with a US home charger and vice versa.

Before installing a home charger, make sure it is compatible to prevent this charging issue. An incompatible charger won’t be installed by a qualified installer. 

Check For Malfunction With The Charger

If the car won’t charge but your connections are fine, the charger might not be working properly. Does your charger see a lot of use? There’s a good chance that it will eventually develop issues that prevent it from charging your EV.

Although it’s not a frequent issue, you can’t completely rule it out. To check if the charger is on, use the diagnostic function in your car app. You can ask for repairs from service personnel if you notice any problems.

Check The Battery Level

Overcharging can be avoided with some Tesla chargers. To prevent energy waste and a decrease in your battery’s capacity, the charger may automatically shut off if your battery is fully charged or nearly full.

If the battery is at 80% or more of its capacity and isn’t charging, the charger setup might be to blame. To get some advice, consult your manual or ask your installer.

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Check For Light Signals

Light signals will be used by your Tesla charger to inform the system when there are issues. Here are a few light signal examples, definitions, and solutions.

  • No Charger Lights 

Your charger may have a power supply issue if you can’t see any lights on it. It demonstrates that your breaker panel is not providing power.

Verifying that the power supply is on will help you to solve the issue. Call an electrician to confirm voltage presence at the terminal block if the charger isn’t responsive while the power supply is on. The charger should start functioning once the voltage has been restored.

  • Solid Red Light

There is an internal problem with your charger if the light is solid red. The wall connector might need to be replaced because it is damaged. By switching the circuit breaker off, waiting five seconds, and then turning it back on, you can verify the issue. Contact a certified technician or Tesla support if the light doesn’t go out.

Reset Your Tesla

Try a reset if you’ve done everything mentioned above and your charging problems persist. 

  • Put your car in Park
  • Press both scroll buttons on the steering wheel
  • The interior screen will go black and the Tesla logo will reappear
  • This process will take no longer than 3 minutes

Perhaps all you needed was an update to get things moving again.

Call Tesla’s Technical Support

The next step will be to get in touch with Tesla’s technical support if you have exhausted all of your options for troubleshooting your Tesla and still can’t pinpoint the issue’s cause. By dialing 1-888-518-3752, you can reach this support group.

Through your Tesla mobile app, you can also get in touch with customer service. Usually, they can arrange for a mobile technician appointment at the place of your choice (home, office, etc.).).

Final Thoughts

Usually, a power issue is the cause of a Tesla not charging or charging only partially. In many instances, you don’t even need to wait for the charging schedule to start; you can simply restart the charger or start charging manually. 

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