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Tesla Model S: Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Brakes / Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

Warning: If the vehicle has air suspension, activate "Jack" mode on the touchscreen before raising and supporting the vehicle.

Special tool required for this procedure:

Supplier Part Number Description
Tesla 1057223-00-A Hand Brush
Removal
  1. Remove the rear underhood apron (refer to procedure).
  2. Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap.

    Caution: Clean the surrounding area prior to removing the component.

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

    Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

  3. Remove the rear wheels (refer to procedure).
  4. 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.

    Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

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

    Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

  7. Check that the caliper pad slides are dirt free and the seals are in good condition.
Installation

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

Note: Clean the affected areas before installation.

  • 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 (refer to procedure).

    Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

  • Apply an even layer of Silaramic lubricant (1063021-00-A) to the caliper pad slides. Remove any excess lubricant.
  • Apply an even layer of copper paste between the shim and the backing plate. Remove any paste that squeezes out after installing the shim.

    Brake Pads - Rear - Set (Remove and Replace)

    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.

  • 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.
  • Top off the brake fluid level as required. Caution: If brake fluid is spilled on a painted surface, wash off immediately with clean water.
  • Perform the burnishing procedure (refer to procedure).

Brake Pads - Burnishing

Warning: Be sure to comply with all local traffic safety laws and only perform such maneuvers in a suitable location such as a nonresidential side street with little to no traffic.
  1. On the touchscreen, select Controls > Driving, then select the "Low" regenerative braking level.
  2. Drive the vehicle 50-55 mph (80-90 kph) on a straight road.
  3. Apply moderate, consistent pressure to the brake pedal, releasing at 10 mph (15 kph).
  4. Repeat this procedure 6 times, waiting at least 30 seconds between applications.
  5. Reset the regenerative braking level if it was originally set to "Standard".

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