Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount

Warning: To avoid personal injury, eye protection must be worn when performing this operation.

Warning: To avoid personal injury, safety-toe shoes and cut-resistant gloves are recommended when performing this operation.

Note: A demonstration video for removing and replacing the drive unit bushing can be found on the Tesla Academy training site. It is listed as TAS-DU-BUSHING-OLT-01_EN: Model S Drive Unit Bushing Removal Video.

The drive unit bushing tool set includes the following parts:

Bushing - Drive Unit - Rear (Remove and Replace)

1 Driver
2 Front bushing cup
3 Rear bushing cup
4 Nut bearing assemblies
5 Threaded rod
Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount
  1. Remove the drive unit (refer to procedure).
  2. Use brake cleaner to clean the threaded rod and the nut bearing assemblies.
  3. Use 3M Spray Lube 08878 or equivalent to lubricate the threaded rod and the nut bearing assemblies.
  4. Thread 1 nut bearing assembly onto 1 end of the threaded rod.
  5. Slide the closed end of the rear bushing cup onto the other end of the threaded rod.

    Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount

  6. Slide the other end of the threaded rod through the left side of the rear bushing.

    Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount

  7. Slide the driver onto the other end of the threaded rod so that the side of the driver with the single tapered counterbore faces the bushing.

    Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount

    1 Faces bushing
    2 Faces nut bearing assembly
  8. Thread the second nut bearing assembly onto the other end of the threaded rod until it lightly touches the driver.
  9. Adjust the assembly until the rear bushing cup is seated flush against the front motor mount.
  10. Place a 1 in (24 mm) ratchet wrench onto each nut bearing assembly.
  11. Alternate rotating the ratchet wrenches to push the driver towards the rear bushing cup until the bushing is removed into the bushing cup.

    Caution: If the effort required to rotate the ratchet wrenches is excessive, the tool is misaligned and continued ratcheting could cause damage. Loosen the nut bearing assemblies on the threaded rod, add lubrication to the threaded rod, realign the parts, and begin again.

    Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount

  12. Remove the tool and the bushing from the rear motor mount.

    Bushing Removal, Rear Motor Mount

  13. Disassemble the removed tool. Discard the bushing.

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