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Tesla Model S: Air Spring Module - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Suspension / Air Spring Module - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Warning: If the vehicle has air suspension, activate "Jack" mode on the touchscreen before raising and supporting the vehicle. Removal

  1. Raise and support the vehicle (refer to procedure). Warning: Do not work on an incorrectly supported vehicle.
  2. Depressurize the air spring (refer to procedure).
  3. Remove the front road wheel (refer to procedure).
  4. Lower the vehicle.
  5. Remove the center underhood apron (refer to procedure).
  6. Remove the nuts (x3) that secure the air spring module top mount (torque 39 Nm).

    Air Spring Module - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  7. Raise the vehicle.
  8. Note the orientation of the clip that secures the brake hose to the air spring module. Release the clip.
  9. Remove the nut and bolt that secure the air spring module to the lower arm (torque 140 Nm).

    Caution: Take care not to damage component(s).

    Caution: Replace all nylon-insert locknuts.

    Note: The following image shows a rear wheel drive (RWD) air spring module. The air spring module in a dual motor (DM) vehicle looks different.

    Air Spring Module - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  10. Carefully compress the air spring module and release it from the lower arm.

    Air Spring Module - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  11. Release the air pressure line from the chassis rail clip.
  12. Maneuver the air spring module to access the air pressure line. Caution: Thoroughly clean the air pressure line ports prior to disconnection. Failure to maintain cleanliness will adversely affect system performance.
  13. Undo the collar and remove the air pressure line (torque 5 Nm).

    Caution: Plug pipe connections to prevent ingress of moisture or dirt.

    Air Spring Module - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  14. Remove the air spring module.

    Caution: Ensure that you do not damage the halfshaft if removing an air spring module from a DM vehicle.

    RWD air spring module DM air spring module
Installation
  1. Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following: Caution: Replace all nylon-insert locknuts. Note: Clean the affected areas before installation. Caution: Only fully tighten suspension nuts and bolts when the vehicle is on a 4-post lift and the suspension is in the ride height position.
  2. Ensure that the clip that secures the brake hose to the air spring module is installed correctly.
    • Rear wheel drive (RWD) vehicles: The hose and the clip are installed from the same direction.

      Note: Ensure that the clip is fully seated, with the "fingers" both remaining on the bottom side of the retaining bracket.

      Top view, RWD (correct)
      Top view, RWD (correct)

      Bottom view, RWD (correct)
      Bottom view, RWD (correct)

    • Dual motor (DM) vehicles: The clip is installed from the rear.

      Note: Ensure that the clip is fully seated, with the "fingers" both remaining on the bottom side of the retaining bracket.

      Top view, DM (incorrect)
      Top view, DM (incorrect)

      Top view, DM (correct)
      Top view, DM (correct)

      Bottom view, DM (correct)
      Bottom view, DM (correct)

  3. Prior to attaching the air pressure line to the air spring module, ensure that all interfaces are clean to prevent possible leaks.
  4. Pressurize the air spring (refer to procedure).

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