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How to Reboot Your Tesla Model X

How to Reboot Your Tesla Model X
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We’ve covered procedures for rebooting your Tesla Model S and Model 3 in the past. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, I would encourage you to click here and here for these tutorials. Today, we cover Tesla’s only SUV to date and take a look at a few different ways to reboot the Tesla Model X.

The Model X is a special car. From the innovative body design to the space-age (and somewhat controversial) falcon doors, the Model X is unlike anything else the auto industry has ever offered. I especially like the various “Easter Eggs” that have been discovered by owners. There’s something fantastic and nerdy about them that really appeals to me. I think this holiday lightshow “Easter Egg” is my favorite:

Computers, Computers, Computers

The Model X is not a simple machine. From the super-powerful all-electric drivetrain to the microchip that regulates the climate, computers are essential. So what happens when the computers inside your Model X stop cooperating? We’ve all experienced the frustration that comes with stubborn electronics. If you’re like me, you call your company’s tech support, yell at the person unfortunate to have picked up the phone, and eventually get the issue resolved. But what happens if tech support is unavailable or some other issue prevents you from reaching out side help? If you follow the steps below, you should be good to go!

Hard vs. Soft

The plan of action you take to reboot your Tesla Model X will largely depend on what “type” of reboot is needed. Tesla recommends that you try and reboot your Model X from “soft to hard” so to speak. Elon and Co. also insist that the car be stationary and parked in a safe location, even though some of the re-boots can be performed while moving. Here are the five options for rebooting your Tesla Model X according to Tesla’s website:

Reboot Option 1: Scroll Wheel

This reboot can be completed by pressing and holding both scroll wheels on the steering wheel. This type of reboot should restart the central screen.

Reboot Option 2: Top Button

Complete this reboot by pressing and holding the buttons above the scroll wheels on the steering wheel. This will reboot the driver’s dash and screen.

Reboot Option 3: Steering Wheel and Brake Pedal

Please do not attempt to open the car’s doors when completing this reboot. Press the brake pedal and keep it down for the duration. Press and hold both buttons above the scroll wheels and both scroll wheels as well. Hold these down for 10 seconds or until you notice the driver’s dash and screen restart.

Reboot Option 4: Total Power Down

Like option 3, Tesla insists that you do not open the doors during this procedure. Do NOT press the brake pedal down while completing this reboot. On your main screen go to the Service Menu and select the “Power Off” option. Your screens and interior lights will shut off. Wait approximately 3 minutes before trying to awake the car and then press the brake pedal to awaken.

Reboot Option 5: Full Factory Reset

Please note that this option is not recommended unless no other option exists (i.e. your’e stuck on top of a mountain with no cell signal to call a tow truck and a Sasquatch is attacking you). Simply follow all directions from Option 4, but select “Factory Reset” as opposed to the “Power Off” option.

So there you have it. If any of our readers have tried any of these options or have found a different way to reboot your Model X, we would love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Source | Image: Tesla

Source | Video:  Ori Zaltzman via YouTube

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Neil Brooks
Neil Brooks is an electric vehicle owner and lover currently based in the greater Washington D.C. area. Neil is a fan of all things electric and may be the only person in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to own both an electric leaf blower and an electric chainsaw. When he's not busy blogging about the latest on electric technology he enjoys grilling, rock climbing, and taking naps in his hammock.