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Tesla Model S: Bracket - License Plate - Front (Retrofit)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Exterior fittings / Bracket - License Plate - Front (Retrofit)

Special tool required for this procedure:

Supplier Part Number Description
Tesla 223-28550-TSL WIHA (TORQUE SCREWDRIVER .1 - .6NM)
Procedure
  1. Clean the affected area with a clean shop towel.
  2. Test fit the license plate bracket on the front fascia applique:
    • The middle hole in the license plate bracket is centered below the Tesla logo.

      Tip: Use tape or similar means of ensuring that the hole is completely centered.

      Bracket - License Plate - Front (Retrofit)

    • There is no gap between the base of the front fascia applique and the curved section at the base of the license plate bracket.
      Bracket flush with applique Gap between bracket and applique

      Bracket flush with applique

      Gap between bracket and applique

  3. Use a paint pen to mark the front fascia applique at the center of the holes (x3) in the license plate bracket. Remove the license plate bracket.

    Bracket - License Plate - Front (Retrofit)

  4. Drill a hole through the front fascia applique in the areas marked in the previous step.
    • 1st generation front fascia applique: Use a 19/64 in drill bit.
    • 2nd generation front fascia applique: Use a 1/8 in (3.5 mm) drill bit.
    Warning: Wear protective eyewear and hearing protection when drilling. Caution: Only drill through the front fascia applique. Drilling too far can result in damage to the vehicle.
  5. Clean the affected area.
  6. Install the front license plate bracket:
    • 1st generation front fascia applique: Secure the license plate bracket with push clips (x3).
    • 2nd generation front fascia applique: Secure the license plate bracket with the self-tapping screws (x3) (torque 0.5 Nm).

    Caution: Do not overtorque the screws.

    1st generation applique: 2nd generation applique:

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