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[top]Roadster VDS Messages

A list of the VDS messages which can appear and if possible, some advice to the owner who sees them. The VDS can operate in Standard or Debug mode. You enter Debug mode either by tapping the VDS six times and entering a special code, or by letting MPT get in your car.

ID Color Text under normal circumstances Debug text (not normally displayed) Notes / Suggestions
Battery Problem Service Required
2 Battery too cold Vehicle shutting down
3 blue Maintenance Service Required Have the car serviced or reset the service interval.
4 Battery too hot Vehicle shutting down
6 Battery Problem Service Required
7 Battery Service Required
8 Vehicle Idle for 1 Hour Shutting Down
10 Charging Problem
13 Battery Problem Service Required
16 Battery Problem Service Required
23 SHUTTING DOWN PULL OVER SAFELY
25 blue Memory Stick transfer in progress. ... Car is downloading logs to USB memory stick.
28 Transfer to memory stick has failed
30 Airbag System Service required
50 Communication Problem Service Required
51 Communication Problem Service Required
52 Communication Problem Service Required
53 GPS: No data fault
54 Coolant System Problem Charging restricted to
55 IP: No data fault
56 Communication Problem Power Reduced
59 Communication Problem Service Required
61 Park Lock Problem Vehicle May be Free-Rolling
90 Transmission error Service required
91 Transmission error Service required
92 Transmission error Service required
93 Transmission error Service required
94 Park Lock Problem Vehicle May be Free-Rolling
95 Park failed to disengage. Service required.
97 Park Lock Problem Vehicle May be Free-Rolling
99 Park Lock Problem Vehicle May be Free-Rolling
101 Parking System Service Required
102 Parking System Service Required
103 Parking System Service Required
105 Parking System Service Required
106 Parking System Service Required
107 Parking System Service Required
259 Charge Aborted Battery Problem Service Required Battery is too low to charge
260 Battery Service Required
261 Service required Charging restricted
263 Powertrain Problem Restart When Safe
264 Powertrain Problem Restart When Safe
265 Powertrain Problem Restart When Safe
269 BSM: Negative contactor/economizer stuck low
271 Battery Problem Vehicle shutting down BSM: Contractor power failure Has happened when starting car too soon after service plug has been inserted. Fix: Pull/insert it again and wait a few minutes before starting car.
272 Powertrain Problem Restart When Safe
273 Powertrain Problem Restart When Safe
274 Powertrain Problem Restart When Safe
275 Powertrain Problem Service Required
276 Powertrain Problem Service Required
277 Powertrain Problem Service Required
278 Powertrain Problem Service Required
279 Powertrain Problem Service Required
281 BSM: Orientation fault
282 BSM: ESS OverTermp fault
283 BSM: Isolation fault
284 BSM: Voltage sensor error
285 BSM: Isolation fault before closing contactors
286 BSM: Isolation fault while contactors closed
287 Power train Problem Service Required BSM: Isolation fault before charge
288 BSM: V_ess too low during precharge, t2
398 blue Key must be on to select new tires
399 Cannot select new tires while moving
400 blue Coast in a straight line at 20-60mph for 10 seconds
401 TPMS: Left front tire very soft
402 TPMS: Left front tire soft
403 TPMS: Right front tire very soft
404 TPMS: Right front tire soft
405 TPMS: Left rear tire very soft
406 TPMS: Left rear tire soft
407 TPMS: Right rear tire very soft
408 TPMS: Right rear tire soft
409 TPMS: Hardware Error Tire pressure cannot be monitored reliably, e.g. if you just swapped your wheels. For a while, TM was selling a "TPMS Reset Tool" which seems to be no longer available (April 2014).
411 TPMS: Tire OverTerm warning
412 TPMS: Rapid tire pressure loss
413 TPMS: Check left front tire
414 TPMS: Check right front tire
415 TPMS: Check left back tire
416 TPMS: Check right back tire
420 SWP: APS off, but no pulse from BPS
428 orange 12V Battery Service Required SWP: Aux Battery Supply Low Turned out battery fuse was missing. Or an old Battery (0x81248884)
429 SWP: Eeprom checksum error
430 SWP: CAN Rx OverFlow
527 Yellow Right Headlight Bulb Out Check right front high beam bulb Replace the right high beam headlight bulb.
528 Yellow Left Headlight Bulb Out Check left front high beam bulb Replace the left high beam headlight bulb.
529 Orange Right Headlight Bulb Out Check right front low beam bulb Replace the right low beam headlight bulb.
530 Orange Left Headlight Bulb Out Check left front low beam bulb Replace the left low beam headlight bulb.
539 Orange Check Right Front Turn Bulb
600 APS: Cooling issue; power limiting in effect
601 ESS: MaxT brick too hot; power limiting in effect
602 SHUTDOWN IMMINENT Power limited
603 BSM: Isolation resistance fault; power limiting in effect
604 Battery Low Power Reduced ESS: Low State of charge: power limiting in effect You need to recharge
605 Standard range SOC floor reached. Stop & Charge.
606 Yellow ESS:Range Mode Remaining charge uncertain You need to recharge
607 ESS: MaxT brick extremely hot; power limiting in effect
608 ESS: Almost empty. Car stops in 3 miles
609 ESS: BSM/CSB/BMB no data fault; power limited
610 ESS: Almost empty. Car stops in 2 miles
611 ESS: Almost empty. Car stops in 1 mile
612 Multiple Temp Sensor Faults; Vehicle entering limp mode
613 VMS: Use MC120 to avoid trickle charge
700 Brake fluid low
701 ABS: Service required
702 ABS: Service required
703 ABS: Service required
720 900A discharge limit exceeded
721 863A discharge limit esceeded
722 805A discharge limit exceeded
723 300A discharge limit exceeded
724 200A discharge limit exceeded
725 190A charge limit exceeded
726 75A charge limit exceeded
727 60A charge limit exceeded
728 Overtemp event during charge or regen
729 Undertemp event during charge or regen
730 750A discharge warning
731 450A discharge warning; power limited
732 300A discharge warning; power limited
733 200A discharge warning; power limited
734 75A charge warning
735 60A charge warning
880 While staring, keep foot off accelerator pedal
881 While starting, foot brake must be pressed
882 Before starting, charge port door must be closed
883 Before starting, exit Tow mode The car is still in tow mode, so it cannot be started.
884 Battery empty Can't start
885 BMB No Data fault Can't start
886 Battery cold Can't start
887 Red Can't start Version number mismatch Paired with 1553
888 red Disarm vehicle with key fob before starting VMS/PEM key mismatch Press the button on the keyfob.
889 Service Required. Charing restricted to storage level.
901 DMC HW: PhaseA OverCurrent Fault
902 DMC HW: PhaseB OverCurrent Fault
903 DMC HW: PhaseC OverCurrent Fault
904 DMC HW: Battery OverVoltage Fault
905 DMC HW: PhaseA Low Side Desat Fault
906 DMC HW: PhaseA High Side Desat Fault
907 DMC HW: PhaseA Bias Under Voltage Fault
908 DMC HW: PhaseA Bus Over voltage fault
909 DMC HW: PhaseB Low Side Desat Fault
910 DMC HW: PhaseB High Side Desat Fault
911 DMC HW: PhaseB Biad UnderVoltage fault
912 DMC HW: PhaseB Bus OverVoltage fault
913 DMC HW: PhaseC Low Side Desat fault
914 DMC HW: PhaseC High Side Desat fault
915 DMC HW: PhaseC Bias UnderVoltage fault
916 DMC HW: PhaseC Bus OverVoltage fault
917 DMC HW: APS UnderVoltage fault
918 DMC HW: Motor OverTerm fault
919 DMC HW: Pedal Monitor fault
920 DMC HW: Line OverCurrent fault
921 DMC HW: PhaseA OverTemp fault
922 DMC HW: PhaseB OverTemp fault
923 DMC HW: PhaseC OverTerm fault
924 DMC HW: ESS Cable Interlock fault The dealer believes this might be caused by slight corrosion on the terminals of the safety wire.
925 DMC HW: COmmon Mode Sense fault
926 DMC HW: PDP Interrupt fault
927 DMC HW: PhaseA OverCurrent fault
928 DMC HW: PhaseB OverCurrent fault
929 DMC HW: PhaseC OverCurrent fault
930 DMC FW: PhaseA OverCurrent Peak fault
931 DMC FW: PhaseB OverCurrent Peak fault
932 DMC FW: PhaseC OverCurrent Peak fault
933 DMC FW: Line OverCurrent fault
934 DMC FW: Line OverCurrent Peak Fault
935 DMC FW: Line OverVoltage fault
936 yellow Charging Problem DMC FW: Line OverVoltage Peak fault
937 Charge Problem Extension Cord Detected DMC FW: Line UnderVoltage fault
938 DMC FW: Battery OverVoltage fault
939 DMC FW: Battery UnderVoltage fault
940 DMC FW: Motor OverSpeed fault
941 DMC FW: Motor Sensor1 OverTemp fault
942 DMC FW: Motor Sensor2 OverTerm fault
943 DMC FW: Motor Sensor1 UnderTemp fault
944 DMC FW: Motor Sensor2 UnderTerm fault
945 System too hot - Vehicle shutting down DMC FW: PhaseA OverTemp fault
946 DMC FW: PhaseA Temp Diff fault
947 System Too Hot - Vehicle Shutting Down DMC FW: PhaseB OverTemp fault Preceded by error message 1152. Resolution: PEM fans replaced. Likely cause - 1152 indicative of contactor(s) sticking open, but not fatal. Moisture in the open contactors may have caused rusting, resulting in this error.
948 DMC FW: PhaseB Temp Diff fault
949 DMC FW: PhaseC OverTemp fault
950 DMC FW: PhaseC Temp Diff fault
951 DMC FW: Ambient OverTemp fault
952 DMC FW: Amvient UnderTemp fault
953 Line Voltage Lost Sync DMC FW: Line Voltage Lost Sync or OverFrequency Fault Bad power; try lowering the current and restarting (or breaker tripped)
954 Line Voltage Lost Sync DMC FW: Line Voltage Lost Sync or UnderFrequency Fault Bad power; try lowering the current and restarting (or breaker tripped)
955 DMC FW: Line Sync Loss fault
956 DMC FW: HCS Faulted
957 DMC FW: PEM Vbat diff from BSM Vbat fault
958 DMC FW: HCS Invalid Pilot Signal fault
959 DMC FW: Line Current or Voltage Offset Too Large fault
960 DMC FW: VBrickMax versus VBattery Error fault You don't want to know.
961 DMC FW: VBrickMax or VBrickLimit is invalid
962 DMC FW: Line Current Error fault
963 DMC FW: Line Curretn Not Equal Request fault
964 DMC FW: Pilot Signal Present in Drive Mode fault
965 DMC FW: Gear Selector Comms fault
966 DMC FW: Invalid Shift Request Fault
967 DMC FW: Press brake before shifting fault
968 DMC FW: Lost VMS Comms fault
969 DMC FW: Lost DFC Comms fault
970 DMC FW: Lost ABS Comms (and TC) fault
971 DMC FW: CAN Comms Error fault
972 DMC FW: Accelerator Erorr fault
973 DMC FW: Motor Encoder Error fault
974 DMC FW: Pole Current Error Fault
975 DMC FW: ABS Error fault
976 DMC FW: Invalid State fault
977 Car moved while charging - charge stopped. DMC FW: Moving during charge fault Got this for trying to change the wheels while charging the car! Spinning front right wheel by hand (after jacking up car) triggered the message.
978 DMC FW: Invalid State request fault
979 DMC FW: Invalid Mode request fault
980 DMC FW: Invalid Charge Request fault
981 DMC FW: Bad State Transition Fault Dog tripped over charging cable. Discuss.
Charger seems to be having troubles. A reset from the chargepoint fixed it.
982 DMC FW: Mode Trans Condition fault
983 DMC FW: Memory Error fault
984 DMC FW: Bad Argument fault
985 DMC FW: Interrupt Time too Long fault
986 DMC FW: MotorTemp Sensor1 fault
987 DMC FW: MotorTemp Sensor2 fault
988 DMC FW: MotorTemp Sensors differ fault
989 DMC FW: VBrickMin Not Increasing
990 DMC FW: Voltage Discharge Time fault
991 DMC FW: 5V Power
992 DMC FW: Lost TCM comms
993 DMC FW: PCS Current Offset Too Large fault
994 DMC FW: Watchdog timer reset fault
995 DMC FW: TCM Refusal fault
996 DMC FW: Unsafe gear transition fault Press brake before shifting
997 DMC FW: CAN Rx
998 DMC FW: CAN Tx
999 DMC FW: CAN Overrun
1069 Orange DMC FW: Motor sensor 1 OverTemp warning. Torque limited
1070 Orange DMC FW: Motor sensor 2 OverTemp warning. Torque limited
1073 DMC FW: PhaseA OverTemp warning. Torque limited
1074 DMC FW: PhaseA Temp Diff warning
1075 DMC FW: PhaseB OverTemp warning. Torque limited
1076 DMC FW: PhaseB Temp Diff warning
1077 DMC FW: PhaseC OverTemp warning. Torque limited
1078 DMC FW: PhaseC Temp Diff warning
1084 External Charger Problem
1087 DMC FW: Line Current or Voltage Offset Too Large warning PEM fuse(s) blown, needs to be replaced. Can show up incidentally without meaning any trouble.
1092 Do not plug in charge cable while driving Key left in ignition while trying to plug in?
1095 Press brake pedal before shift. DMC FW: Press brake before shift. Press brake pedal and then select a gear.
1103 ABS & Traction Control Problems. Service Required. ? Pulling out ignition key and waiting until car shutdown (15 minutes) cleared it. Tesla couldn't find issue.
1124 Unsafe Gear Shift Transition Denied Car moving too fast for gear change drive/reverse
1138 Voltage on Charge Port Line2 during drive with charge door open
1144 Powertrain Problem Service Required DMC PEM Fan Problem Call your Tesla Shop! Alt: Check your Battery Coolant level (I got this error constantly after over-filling the coolant, once I siphoned a little off the error went away)
1146 DMC Motor Fan Problem Low fan speed. Only appears in debug mode? [1].
1152 Charge time increased due to high temperatures. DMC WARNING Charge Thermal Limit (bonnie) Caused car charging rate to intermittently drop from 70amp to as low as 19amp, did not correlate to outside temp or motor temp - PEM & fans cleaned, believed to be result of massive cloud of insulation on freeway that I drove thru - if you see error, check that out first

PEM fans replaced after error 947 received. No further issues.
1153 DMC Wear Factor Warning
1160 Drivers door ajar Close the door.
1161 Passenger door ajar Close the door.
1162 Trunk ajar Close the trunk.
1165 Key in Key Switch Door Ajar Driver door opened while car is on
1166 Release Parking Brake Car is driven while parking brake (partially) engaged
1167 blue Headlights still on
1169 Charge port open Charge port opened when car is on
1170 Tow Mode is not available while car is on
1174 Fasten Seatbelt Fasten your seatbelt.
1416 Low Power System Service Required
1426 HVAC: High current pump failure
1452 orange HVAC: Low pressure
1453 Coolant System Problem Service Required HVAC: Refrigerant High Pressure
1463 HVAC: overheat warning HVAC: Compressor OverTemp HVAC system will pause ~1 minute and continue cooling.
Do not charge inside hot garage with closed Garage door.
Only appears in debug mode.
1465 HVAC: Low current pump fault
1469 HVAC: Compressor comms timeout
1471 HVAC: Compressor DTC comms timeout
1493 yellow ESS: Extremely Low. Begin Charging ASAP.
1533 Software Problem Service Required
1553 Red Software problem, Service required VMS: VMS firmware version doesn't match car wide release Dump log over usb, check flash/messages, for most recent "VMS: VMS restarted" line, compare with VMS version in flash/firmware.rc file
1554 orange VMS: Not receiving VDS version number Car can drive but a full RESET is needed: In the front hood pull battery fuse and in the trunk pull the orange ESS Main switch. Then wait 3 minutes.
1664 yellow PM: Lost VMS comms warning Blue connector at VMS not plugged in
1900 orange Communication Problem: Service Required VMS-VDS comms fault Happened twice while trying to download logs to USB stick. Went away on third attempt but logs were rejected by Tesla Motors Upload. The USB stick does not seem to be faulty.
1901 blue N/A Window with just text "N/A"
2005 yellow No response to request to stop charging follow error of ID1554
2017 yellow No response to request to change charge mode follow error of ID1554
2031 yellow No response to request to save charging time follow error of ID1554
2033 yellow No response to request to save charge timing follow error of ID1554
2035 yellow No response to request to save current limit follow error of ID1554
2037 yellow No response to request to save cost/kWh follow error of ID1554
2070 yellow No response to request to get keyfob function follow error of ID1554
2078 yellow There was a problem processing your request No response to request to enter Tow Mode follow error of ID1554
2096 yellow No response to Pin submission follow error of ID1554
? External Charger Problem ? UMC's red fault light blinking. Unplugged car & UMC, then replugged and all OK.
3011 Drive Button Failure Vehicle May not be Able to Enter Drive
3021 SHFT: Neutral switch Stuck Down
3022 SHFT: DRIVE switch Stuck Down
[1] I only ever saw this message in debug mode, and it was coming up a lot (several times per hour of driving). It completely stopped when I left debug mode. Not sure if this is coincidence.

[top]Common issues and solutions

Q: Stock halogen headlights aren't that good. What to do?
A: Upgrade them to Xenon HIDs.

Q: I don't have an iPhone, what should I do with the iPhone dock?
A: Convert it to USB

Q: My key fob only opens the car when I'm really close to it.
A1: Replace the battery
A2: Extend/move the antenna cable

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