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Tesla Model S: Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Exterior fittings / Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

Special tool required for this procedure:

Supplier Part Number Description
Tesla 1049517-00-A Ergonomic Silicone Seam Roller
Bosch 732-PHT318-TSL Molding Hold Down Tool
Removal

Caution: Protect exterior paint surfaces that surround the liftgate applique before performing this procedure.

  1. Using a trim stick or other suitable tool, carefully and evenly release the fasteners (x5) that secure the applique to the liftgate body panel.

    Caution: Care must be taken to avoid damage to exterior trim mounting points.

    Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

  2. Carefully release the adhesive tape that secures the applique to the fog/reverse lamps.
  3. Remove the rear applique.
  4. Inspect the clips for damage, and replace if required.

    Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

Installation

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

  1. Remove all remaining adhesive from the applique and the tail/backup lamps.
  2. Clean the mating surfaces and lenses on the applique and the tail/backup lamps with an isopropyl alcohol-based solution. Allow the alcohol to fully dry before moving forward with the procedure.

    Caution: In order to prevent cracking the lens, only use isopropyl alcohol to clean the lens.

    Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

  3. Apply new applique tape when reinstalling the applique.
  4. Working outwards from the center of the applique, press very firmly on the applique using a silicone seam roller to completely seal the applique tape.

    Caution: Do not damage the liftgate applique lenses.

    Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

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  5. Apply pressure to both ends of the applique:
    1. Secure both ends of the applique with tape.
    2. Use molding hold down tools to apply pressure to each end of the applique.

      Caution: Do not damage the liftgate applique lenses.

      Applique - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

    3. Wait at least 5 minutes before removing the molding hold down tools and tape.

    Caution: Failure to wait at least 5 minutes before removing the molding hold down tool can result in improper adhesion of the applique tape.

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