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Tesla Model S: DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / High Voltage System / DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

Warning: Only technicians who have been trained in High Voltage Awareness are permitted to perform this procedure. Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and insulating HV gloves with a minimum rating of class 00 (500V) must be worn any time a high voltage cable is handled. Refer to Tech Note TN-15-92-003, "High Voltage Awareness Care Points" for additional safety information.

Warning: To avoid personal injury or equipment damage from electrostatic discharge, an ESD wrist strap must be worn while carrying out this procedure.

Removal

  1. Perform the vehicle electrical isolation procedure (refer to procedure).
  2. Remove the front RH upper wheel arch liner (refer to procedure).
  3. Clamp the DCDC converter feed and return coolant hoses.
  4. Position a container to collect the coolant.
  5. Release the clips (x2) that secure the feed and return coolant hoses to the DCDC converter. Release the hoses from the converter.

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

    Note: Note installed position of components before removal.

    DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

  6. Remove the nut and washers that secure the 12V ground terminal to the DCDC converter (torque 16 Nm). Release the harness and move it aside.

    DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

  7. Release the DCDC converter 12V positive terminal insulation cover.
  8. Remove the nut and washers securing the 12V positive terminal to the DCDC converter (torque 9 Nm). Release the harness and move it aside.
  9. Release the clip that secures the harness to the DCDC converter.

    DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

Warning: Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and insulating HV gloves with a minimum rating of class 00 (500V) must be worn while performing the remainder of this procedure.

Warning: Ensure that the multimeter and leads are capable of handling at least 500V.

  1. Remove the bolt that secures the HV connector cover (torque 18 Nm).
  2. Use a multimeter to check voltages across the HV cables and to ground:
    • B+ to ground
    • B- to ground
    • B+ to B- Warning: If any voltage reading is more than 10V, the high voltage contactors are not fully opened. Due to the risk of electrocution, contact Service Engineering before performing any further work.
  3. Disconnect the HV harness from the DCDC converter (torque 5 Nm).
  4. Disconnect the HV harness connectors (x3) that secure the battery coolant, electric heater, cabin heater and compressor to the DCDC converter. Note: Note installed position of components before removal.
  5. Disconnect the signal harness connector from the DCDC converter.
  6. Release the clips (x3) that secure the harness to the DCDC converter.

    DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

  7. Remove the bolt and nuts (x2) that secure the DCDC converter to the body (torque 9 Nm).

    DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

  8. Remove the DCDC converter from the vehicle.

    DCDC Converter - 1st Generation (Remove and Replace)

Installation

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

Warning: Only use cleaning agents and solvents in a well-ventilated area.

Note: Clean the affected areas before installation.

  • Refill and bleed the cooling system (refer to procedure).
  • If necessary, perform a full firmware update.

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