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Tesla vehicles are equipped with advanced GPS systems to help navigate and provide location-based services. However, some Tesla owners may encounter issues with their vehicle’s location not updating or showing incorrect information. 

In this blog post, we will discuss possible causes of these issues and offer solutions to help you get your Tesla’s GPS location back on track.

Verify Your GPS Connection

Before diving into more complex solutions, verify that your Tesla’s GPS connection is functioning correctly. A poor or nonexistent GPS signal can cause your vehicle’s location to be stuck or not update properly. If your GPS connection is weak or nonexistent, try relocating your vehicle to an area with better signal reception and recheck the GPS connection.

Restart Your Tesla

In some cases, simply restarting your Tesla can resolve GPS location issues[1]. To do this, power off your vehicle and wait for a few minutes before starting it up again. Check to see if the location has been updated or corrected after restarting.

Check for Software Updates

Outdated software can sometimes cause issues with your Tesla’s GPS location. Ensure that your vehicle is running the latest Tesla software updates by checking the “Software” page on your touchscreen under the “Controls” heading. 

If there are updates available, follow the prompts to download and install them.

Adjust Your Wheel Configuration

While it may not seem related, some users have reported that changing their Tesla’s wheel configuration can resolve GPS location updating issues[4]. To try this method, park your car and go to the main menu. Tap Service > Wheel Configuration and change your current wheel size to another value. Tap “confirm” to start the reboot process. After rebooting, check if your Tesla’s location has been updated.

Verify Internet Connection

A stable internet connection is required for your Tesla’s GPS system to function properly. Check your vehicle’s internet connection to ensure it is not causing the location updating issue[8]. If your connection is unstable, try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network or using your vehicle’s built-in LTE connectivity.

Contact Tesla Support

If you have tried all of the above troubleshooting steps and your Tesla’s location is still not updating, it may be best to contact Tesla Support for further assistance. They can help diagnose any underlying issues and provide solutions to resolve the problem.

Common Scenarios of Incorrect Location

There are two common scenarios where Tesla owners report their vehicle’s location being incorrect:

  1. The car appears to be in the wrong location on the map, typically Fremont[2].
  2. When accessing services through the web browser or SIM card, the car appears to be in a different country, typically Holland[2].

For these scenarios, contacting Tesla Support may be the best course of action to resolve the issue.

Final Thoughts

Tesla’s advanced GPS system is a critical feature for navigation and location-based services. If your Tesla’s location is not updating or showing incorrect information, following the troubleshooting steps outlined in this blog post can help resolve most common issues.

Remember to keep your Tesla’s software up-to-date, verify your GPS and internet connections, and don’t hesitate to contact Tesla Support for further assistance if necessary. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your Tesla’s GPS location stays accurate and reliable, providing a seamless driving experience.