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Tesla Model S: Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / High Voltage System / Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) / Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

Installation

  1. Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following:  
  2. If the charge port has alignment pins, use wire-cutting pliers or a similar tool to trim them flush.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  3. Remove any adhesive patch residue from the mating surfaces of the high voltage cable lugs.
  4. If the charge port was previously installed, remove any adhesive patch residue from the surfaces of the terminals.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  5. If the trim/light ring assembly was removed, re-insert it into the body opening first.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  6. Connect the light ring wiring harness to the charge port, making sure that the harness mates with an audible click. Tuck the harness into the unused space above the trim/light ring assembly.

    Caution: Make sure that the wiring harness is positioned away from the top right charge port mounting hole. If the harness interferes with the hole, it can be damaged when the mounting bolt is installed.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  7. Snap the charge port into the trim/light ring assembly.
  8. Loosely install the top left bolt to the charge port. Do not torque the bolt at this time.
  9. Install the remaining bolts (x3) that secure the charge port to the body.
  10. Tigthen all 4 bolts in the sequence shown (torque 5 Nm).

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  11. Place a paint mark on each mounting bolt to indicate that it has been properly tightened. Use one continuous motion to mark the bolt head, washer, and the plastic surface of the charge port.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  12. Pull the tab outward to remove the pawl actuator cover from the back of the charge port.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  13. Push the pawl actuator tab to the left to release the pawl, then insert the charge port alignment tool into the charge port.

    Caution: A charge port alignment tool must be inserted into the charge port before attaching the high voltage cables. Otherwise, the force of the high voltage cables pulling on the backs of the pins causes the pins to become misaligned.

    Note: The charge port alignment tool should only be used on vehicles manufactured for North America and Japan. Vehicles manufactured for all other countries include the European charge port and do not require use of the charge port alignment tool during this procedure.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  14. Move the HV cables into position. Install the ground bracket clamp.
  15. Tighten the lower nut that secures the charge port cable clamp to the body (torque 6 Nm). Do not tighten the clamp nut at this time.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  16. Install the bolts (x2) that secure the HV cables to the charge port (torque 9 Nm). Caution: Do not use any washers other than the captive washers that are part of the new bolts.
  17. Place a paint mark on each bolt to indicate that it has been properly tightened. Use one continuous motion to mark the bolt head, washer, and the surface of the lug.

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  18. Adjust the high voltage cables to minimize strain on the charge port. Tighten the cable clamp upper nut (torque 5 Nm).

    Charge Port - Single Phase - Non-Motorized (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  19. Push the pawl actuator tab to the left to release the pawl, then remove the charge port alignment tool from the charge port if used.
  20. Reinstall the pawl actuator cover.
  21. Perform a vehicle firmware update if a new charge port was installed. This ensures that the charge port's firmware is at the same revision as the vehicle firmware.

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