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Tesla Model S: Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Brakes / Brake Caliper - 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. Remove the rear underhood apron (refer to procedure).
  2. Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap and place an absorbent material around the opening of the reservoir. Note: Place suitable absorbent material around the affected area to absorb any possible fluid spillage. Caution: If brake fluid is spilled on a painted surface, wash off immediately with clean water.
  3. Remove the front wheel (refer to procedure).
  4. Remove the brake pad retaining pins.
  5. Collect the anti-rattle clip.

    Note: Always check that the anti-rattle clip has not been damaged. This part is easily damaged and is important to help eliminate squeaks.

    Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  6. Ease the caliper pistons back.
  7. Remove the brake pads from the caliper and collect the shims (x2).

    Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  8. Remove the bolt and washers that secure the brake hose to the caliper (torque 34 Nm).

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

    Note: Place suitable absorbent material around the affected area to absorb any possible fluid spillage.

    Caution: If brake fluid is spilled on a painted surface, wash off immediately with clean water.

    Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  9. Remove and discard the bolts (x2) that secure the caliper to the knuckle (torque 120 Nm).

    Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  10. Remove the caliper from the vehicle.
Installation

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

Caution: Ensure that the brake hose is aligned correctly with no excessive twist or bends.

Note: If the brake hose is removed from the caliper, it must be replaced; the crush washers are not serviceable parts.

  • Apply an even layer of Silaramic lubricant (1063021-00-A) to the caliper pad slides. Remove any excess lubricant.

    Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  • Apply an even layer of copper paste between the shim and the backing plate on the brake pads. Remove any paste that squeezes out after installing the shim.

    Caution: Ensure that the brake pads move freely.

    Caution: Do not apply copper paste to the caliper, seals, or any component other than the shim and backing plate.

    Brake Caliper - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  • Perform the brake bleed procedure (refer to procedure). Caution: If brake fluid is spilled on a painted surface, wash off immediately with clean water.
  • Pump the brake pedal at least 5 times to seat the pads against the brake rotors.

Warning: Always check that the brake pads are seated correctly before driving the vehicle.

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