Tesla Glove Box Won’t Open Or Close: All You Need To Know

Last updated on September 12th, 2023 at 03:04 am

The glove box is a common part of the Tesla vehicle as it is a storage compartment for most users. 

Sometimes, the Tesla box can get stuck or break. If you’re looking for reasons and fixes to the problem, you are in the right place! 

Once you understand how it functions, releasing the stuck glove box will be easy.

If your glove box won’t open or close, the trigger is likely broken and no longer springs back. Manually releasing the circular triggers on the glove compartment’s left and right sides and attempting to close the glove compartment can reveal if this is the issue. If this is the issue, you’ll have to replace it if it can’t open. The Tesla warranty covers this particular item.

At the end of this article, you’ll be able to understand why Tesla glove boxes get stuck and how to fix them. 

Why Won’t My Tesla Glove Box Open or Close?

Tesla Glove Box Won't Open Or Close

Your Tesla glove box can get stuck when the trigger only draws back when your glove box stays closed. 

You can check if this is the problem by manually unclasping the circular holds on the glove compartment’s right and left sides and attempting to close them. 

If it keeps closing, there’s a problem, and they need to be adjusted. The Tesla warranty covers this specific component.

You can determine whether this is the issue by manually pushing the triggers on the left and right sides of the glove compartment cover and attempting to lock it. 

If it still closes after this method, there is a problem, and you’ll have to replace the hooks immediately. 

Also, you can hit the car control symbol in the bottom-right corner of the screen, then tap the Glove box button to open the glove compartment.

Automatically, the light comes on, and the glove box opens. But, of course, your Tesla may be in valet mode if your glove box opens. 

For the Tesla Model S, the glove compartment locks externally with the “Walk-away or Key locking.” Also, the Model S locks when it is in Valet mode.

How Do You Fix a Tesla Glove Box That Won’t Open or Close?

You can fix a stuck Tesla glove box on the Model 3 in three ways. Try using the solutions listed below to resolve these problems:

#1. Using the Display

Your Tesla glove box automatically opens and closes with an electric motor, so you can’t simply grab a handle and drag it until it opens if it breaks or becomes stuck.

Your Tesla’s touch screen might come in handy with another approach to unlock the glove box:

  • On the home screen, click the Tesla icon. A control menu will show up.
  • Look for the icon that resembles an open glove box; underneath it is “Open Glove Box.”

The glove compartment will instantly unlock. However, despite the efficiency of the display option, some Tesla owners have expressed discontent with it.

The table below shows the pros and cons of Tesla owner’s complaints. 

Pros Cons
It is fast and accessible.It may only work when there’s power in the vehicle.
It is an excellent security featureIt may be unnecessary 
It gives the vehicle a great aesthetic look.It’ll likely be an additional engineering problem in the future.

If using the display is no longer possible for any reason, or if this option is not suitable for any other reason.

There are still two other ways to unlock the glove box, which we will further discuss. 

#2. Tesla Voice Recognition 

The unique voice command button is among the cheapest and simplest ways to unlock the Tesla Model Y or 3’s glove box.

To accomplish that, do the following: 

  • You will find a button on the steering wheel on the right side for the specific voice guiding tool. Hold it down and press it for a minute or two. 
  • Say “open the glove box” out loud now. On the main screen, there will be a notification informing you of the successful opening of the glove compartment.

The effect, opening of the glove box, and the illumination of the backlight are all immediately noticeable.

If you had previously activated this function in testing your model settings, a popup would show asking you to input the glove compartment pin code after using the car’s voice command.

You can only access the glove box once after inputting the correct pin code.

#3. Physically Release the Latch

After attempting the two techniques above and failing for any reason, you can open the glove box using some tools.

If your Tesla’s glove compartment is clasped and won’t open with the initial methods, you can attempt opening it with your hands, as it is easy.

To physically get access to the car’s glove box latch feature, adhere to the steps listed below:

  • Lock the driver’s side door first, then unlock the passenger door.
  • Detach the flanking panel from the console’s back window.
  • To unlock the jammed latch, use a wrench, a diagonal pin such as tweezers, or a screwdriver

Here, it would be best if you opened the glove compartment. Fastening the exterior of the glove box door, raise it if it clicks into place, and then you can close your Tesla glove box.

Closing the glove compartment requires a physical push compared to the software-assisted opening.

If these options don’t work, contact or schedule your vehicle with Tesla assistance using the Tesla app.

How Do You Reset a Tesla Glove Box? 

If you need help remembering your glove compartment PIN, you can reset it by entering the login details for your Tesla account.

You can find it at the bottom of the screen. Then, follow the on-screen instructions.

If your Tesla’s glove box holds sensitive information, like your Sentry Mode USB Drive, consider installing a glove box PIN. 

You will require a PIN when someone tries to open the glove box. Remember, the glove compartment shouldn’t function as a coffer, as that was not part of its modification. 

The steps you must follow to enable the PIN to operate on your glove box are listed below:

  • Click on the car symbol to view the settings for your vehicle.
  • The Security & Safety choice
  • By descending, select “Glove box PIN.”
  • You’ll have to create a PIN.

It would be best to attain the PIN you created for the car’s glove box each time you tap on the icon to make it accessible.

You can open the glove box manually by obtaining access to the side panel of the dashboard and disengaging the clasp. Also, access is required to unlock and open the passenger-side door.


#1. Do Tesla Models Y and 3 Carry Glove Boxes?

Yes, both Model Y and Model 3 have a glove box.

#2. Is the Car’s Glove Box Locked When the Car is Locked?

Except that the vehicle has adequate security through its touchpad, the glove compartment gets secured when shut.

#3. Can I Unlock My Tesla Glove Box While in Valet Mode?

You cannot open the glove box when your Tesla Model Y and Model 3 are in Valet Mode. The glove compartment is among the locations in the car that Tesla Valet Mode limits access to.

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