Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Brake Caliper Pad Slides

Note: This is recommended for cold weather regions.

Note: Cleaning and lubricating the caliper pad slides/abutments is not included in the Annual Service price.

 Note: Perform the following steps on all 4 calipers.

  1. Remove the pad retaining pins and collect the anti-rattle spring.

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

    Front caliper Rear caliper

    Front caliper

    Rear caliper

  2. Use a suitable tool to gently push the pistons back into caliper.
  3. Remove the brake pads from the caliper.

    Brake Caliper Pad Slides

  4. Thoroughly clean the caliper pad slides and abutments with a hand brush (1057223-00-A) and soapy water.

    Caution: If there is rust or pitting on the caliper that cannot be removed with a hand brush, replace the caliper.

    • Front brake caliper (refer to procedure).
    • Rear brake caliper (refer to procedure).

    Brake Caliper Pad Slides

  5. Apply an even layer of Silaramic lubricant (1063021-00-A) to the caliper pad slides. Remove any excess lubricant.
  6. Apply an even layer of copper paste between the shim and the backing plate. 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 Pad Slides

Transmission Fluid

Drain and refill the fluid from the gearbox(es):

  • Rear wheel drive (RWD) vehicles:
    • Drain and refill the fluid from the large rear drive unit (refer to procedure).
  • Non-Performance Dual Motor vehicles:
    • Drain and refill the fluid from the front drive unit (refer to procedure).
    • Drain and refill the fluid from the small rear drive unit (refer to procedure).
  • Performance Dual Motor vehicles:
    • Drain and refill the fluid from the front drive unit (refer to procedure).
    • Drain and refill the fluid from the large rear drive unit (refer to procedure).
Tire Rotation
  1. Refer to the recommended tire rotation pattern for the vehicle.
  2. Remove the wheels and reinstall them in the appropriate positions (refer to procedure).
Thermal System Test
  1. Connect a laptop with Toolbox 2.0 or later to the vehicle.
  2. Navigate to Panels > Thermal > Thermal System Test.
  3. Click the Start/Play button.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Suspension Fasteners
  1. Check the torque of the front suspension bolts (refer to procedure).
  2. Check the torque of the rear suspension bolts (refer to procedure).
Wheel Alignment Check

Perform a wheel alignment check (refer to procedure).

Wheel Alignment Adjustment

Note: This is recommended if the wheel alignment check determines the wheel alignment is out of specification.

Note: Wheel alignment adjustment is not included in the Annual Service price.

Perform a wheel alignment adjustment (refer to procedure).

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