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Tesla Model S: Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

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Note: This procedure is for vehicles with panoramic roofs built after December 23, 2014. On older vehicles, the satellite radio antenna is located under the liftgate glass (refer to procedure).

Removal

  1. Remove the panoramic roof fixed glass (refer to procedure).
  2. Remove the LH and RH C-post upper trim (refer to procedure).
  3. Pull down the rear of the headliner. Note: Do not remove the headliner completely.
  4. Remove the electrical tape and cable ties as needed to access the yellow satellite antenna connector in the electrical harness at the LH upper C-pillar.

    Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

  5. Disconnect the yellow satellite antenna connector from the electrical harness.
  6. Cut the antenna electrical harness near the satellite antenna. Note: Part of this harness is mounted under the panoramic roof frame. The old harness is not completely removed during this procedure.

    Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

  7. Use a plastic trim tool or other thin non-abrasive tool to release the satellite antenna from the roof crossmember.
  8. Remove the satellite antenna.
  9. Cut the antenna electrical harness near the bottom of the roof crossmember.
Installation
  1. Remove and discard the mounting clips from the electrical harness on the new antenna.
  2. Remove all adhesive residue from the antenna mounting surface with alcohol wipes. Allow the alcohol to dry fully before continuing.
  3. Peel the backing material from the bottom of the antenna and affix the antenna to the mounting surface in the location shown.

    Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

    1 13 mm
    2 18 mm
    3 15 mm
  4. Test-fit the the satellite antenna electrical harness.
  5. Position material to collect metal shavings below the LH rear roof crossmember.
  6. Drill a hole with a diameter of at least 15 mm (5/8 in) through the panoramic roof frame and roof crossmember.

    Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

  7. Deburr the hole.
  8. Vacuum all metal shavings.
  9. Route the new satellite antenna harness in the panoramic roof frame channel and through the hole.

    Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

  10. Connect the antenna connector to the electrical harness at the LH C-post upper. Tip: Wrap the electrical connector with foam tape or felt tape to prevent rattles when the vehicle is reassembled.
  11. Secure the satellite antenna harness to the panoramic roof frame with electrical harness tape or similar adhesive tape.

    Note: The harness and hole are not exposed to the environment once the panoramic roof fixed glass is installed. No special water-proofing measures are required.

    Tape highlighted in yellow

    Antenna - Satellite Radio - Roof-Mounted (Remove and Replace)

  12. Reinstall the components that were removed for access.

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