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Tesla Model S: Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Closures / Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Removal

  1. Remove Door Motor (refer to procedure)
  2. Remove Door Grip (refer to procedure)
  3. Remove press sensor screw.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  4. Release door press sensor wiring connector.
  5. Remove pivot pin connecting control link to PVT cartridge.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  6. Position control link and remove screw securing position sensor to link (torque 1 Nm).

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  7. Remove screw securing position sensor to housing, release connector and remove position sensor and harness assembly (torque 1.5 Nm).

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  8. Remove control link pivot pin to housing and remove control link.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  9. Release torsion springs (x2) from fork.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  10. Remove circlip retaining fork pivot shaft.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  11. Using a suitable drift, remove fork pivot shaft, collect torsion springs and paddle gear.

    Note: DO NOT use excessive force to fit the pivot shaft. If all components are correctly aligned, firm hand pressure on a drift will be sufficient.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  12. Remove fork assembly from housing.
  13. Remove pivot pins securing pvt cartridges to fork, taking note of installed position. Remove cartridges.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  14. If door press sensor is to be replaced. Using a suitable flat blade, release double sided tape and remove sensor from the fork.

    Fork and Control Link - Door - Exterior Handle - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Installation
  1. If door pressure sensor is to be replaced, remove double sided tape backing and install sensor to fork.
  2. Install the PVT cartridges to the fork and fit pivot pins. Check orientation of cartridges.
  3. Position paddle gear to fork and install fork to housing.
  4. Install torsion springs to housing.
  5. Install the fork pivot shaft, ensuring the flat section is uppermost. Align the paddle gear, springs and fork to housing as pivot is inserted. Note: DO NOT use excessive force to fit the pivot shaft. If all components are correctly aligned, firm hand pressure on a drift will be sufficient.
  6. Install circlip retaining fork pivot shaft and engage the torsion springs to fork.
  7. Position and align control link to housing, ensure orientation is correct. Install pivot pin to control link.
  8. Align harness and position sensors to housing control link. Align position sensor dowels and install the screws.
  9. Align control link to PVT cartridge and fit pivot pin
  10. Install the door press sensor, adjusting the screw to engage the first ten threads.

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