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Tesla Model S: Air bag - Driver's (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Safety and Restraint / Air bag - Driver's (Remove and Replace)

Warning: If the 12V power supply is disconnected, do not attempt to open the front doors with door glass in closed position. Failure to follow this instruction could result in door glass shatter.

Note: Before disconnecting the 12V power supply, ensure that the driver's door window is fully open. Failure to follow this instruction could result in vehicle lockout.

Removal

  1. Open both front windows.
  2. Adjust the steering column:
    • Raise the steering column to its highest position.
    • Fully extend the steering column.
  3. Disconnect 12V power.
    • Rear wheel drive (RWD): Refer to procedure.
    • Dual Motor: Refer to procedure.
  4. Ensure that the first responder loop has been disconnected for at least 2 minutes.
  5. Turn the steering wheel 90 degrees for better access to the screws.
  6. Release the screws (x2) that secure the driver's airbag to the steering wheel assembly (torque 7 Nm).

    Note: Components have been removed in this graphic to aid clarity.

     Air bag - Driver's (Remove and Replace)

  7. Carefully release the driver's airbag from the steering wheel assembly.

    Warning: To avoid personal injury, observe all relevant safety precautions before removing or testing any SRS components.

    Warning: To avoid personal injury, eye protection must be worn when performing this operation.

     Air bag - Driver's (Remove and Replace)

  8. Disconnect the driver's airbag electrical connectors.
  9. Remove the driver's airbag from the vehicle.

Warning: Store the air bag module with the deployment side facing up. This will prevent it from being propelled if accidentally deployed, which might cause injury.

Installation

Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following:

Caution: Replace all Patchbolt(s). Ensure that there are no air bag alerts.

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