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Tesla Model S: Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Roof / Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) / Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

Installation

  1. Use a scraping tool to remove the majority of the adhesive from the body, leaving a smooth layer of the original adhesive approximately 1 mm thick or less.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  2. Remove all existing butyl patches and replace them with new ones.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  3. Vacuum any debris around the roof frame area.
  4. Remove the drive link stops from the new roof frame.
  5. Remove the drive cables and links from the new roof frame.
  6. If retrofitting a 2nd generation panoramic roof frame onto a vehicle that originally had a 1st generation panoramic roof frame, remove the curtain airbag nut clips from the body.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  7. 2nd generation roof frames: Loosen the front applique screws (x6) and remove the front applique.
  8. Test fit the new roof frame and the fixed glass. Caution: Make sure that the front and rear datum pins are placed properly.
  9. If retrofitting a 2nd generation panoramic roof frame onto a vehicle that originally had a 1st generation panoramic roof frame, modify the vehicle body:
    1. Mark the bottom of the front header for the notches (x6) that need to be cut.

      Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

    2. Remove the new roof frame.
    3. Transfer the marks from the bottom to the top of the front header.
    4. Install a protective cover over the front of the headliner and the interior.
    5. Use a die grinder with a carbide burr bit to create notches in the header panel that are approximately 5 mm (3/16 in) deep (x6) in the locations marked previously.

      Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

    6. Vacuum all debris.
    7. Remove the protective cover.
    8. Test fit the new roof frame with the fixed glass and verify that the notches line up. Tip: Use a mirror to make it easier to see the notches.
    9. Remove the new roof frame.
  10. Loosely install the roof rack anchors.
  11. Vacuum the top of the headliner.
  12. Install the finisher at the rear of the roof opening by sliding the groove of the finisher over the edge of the body panel.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  13. Wipe all of the sealing surfaces with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or with alcohol wipes.
  14. Apply primer to all adhesive paths on the body and all roof components, and on any bare metal on the body opening.

    Caution: Check the expiration date of the primer and adhesive before use.

    Caution: Check the primer and adhesive packaging for the appropriate working times for each product. Prepare the necessary tools and work environment so that the the frame can be installed within the specified working times.

    Note: The procedures requires approximately 4 tubes of adhesive.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  15. Assemble the adhesive applicator.
  16. Cut the tip of the adhesive applicator so that it will produce a bead 8 mm (5/16 in) wide and 14 mm (9/16 in) high.
  17. Apply adhesive to the vehicle body over the existing adhesive.

    Caution: To avoid gaps where water might penetrate, start the bead at the front or the back of the body (not the sides).

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  18. With assistance, position and align the new roof frame to the body. Put the existing copper guide tubes at the front into the new roof frame. Evenly and progressively press the frame onto the spacers.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  19. Measure the gaps between the new roof frame and the body on each side, and adjust the frame so that the gaps are even on each side.
  20. Apply adhesive to the new roof frame in the area for the fixed glass. Caution: To avoid gaps where water might penetrate, start the bead at the front or the back of the frame (not the sides).
  21. Test fit the fixed glass to ensure that it sits flush to the roof frame.
  22. Install the fixed glass. Caution: Make sure that the front and rear datum pins are placed properly.
  23. Apply suitable tape or weights (such as sand bags) to hold the frame in place while the adhesive cures. Caution: Do not drive the vehicle until the adhesive has cured. Refer to the adhesive packaging for the safe drive-away time.
  24. Examine the integrity of the whole length of the adhesive joint and add more if required.
  25. Clean off any excess adhesive extruded from the joint.
  26. Install the bolts (x4) (torque 10 Nm) to secure the frame to the body.
  27. For 1st generation frames: Install butyl patches over the centering bolts.
  28. Install the drive links and cables into the new roof frame. Note: The end of the LH drive cable is red; the end of the RH drive cable is yellow.
  29. Slide each link forward to align with the notch to provide room to insert the red drive link stops. Slide the links back and position the blocks. Secure each block with 2 screws from inside the cabin (torque 10 Nm).
  30. Remove the protective tape from the sides of the vehicle.
  31. Apply adhesive along the path indicated by the lines on the underside of the front applique.
  32. With assistance, slide the front of the front applique under the body panel.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  33. For 2nd generation frames: Install the screws (x6) that secure the rear of the applique to the roof frame (torque 1 Nm).

    Caution: Be careful not to cross-thread or over-torque the screws.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  34. Install the front applique seal by pressing it into the applique, starting from one of the ends.

    Note: Use P-80 emulsion if the seal does not easily go in all the way.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  35. Apply suitable tape or weights (such as sand bags) to secure the applique, especially the back corners, while the adhesive cures. Continue to the next step.

    Caution: Make sure that the corners of the applique are flush with the body.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  36. Install the side appliques.
  37. Wipe the adhesive path with alcohol wipes.
  38. Install the panoramic roof sliding glass assembly (refer to procedure). Note: Start the rear screws (x2) before installing the front screws (x2).
  39. Install the curtain airbag cannisters and reconnect the electrical connectors to the airbag cannisters. Note: If retrofitting a 2nd generation panoramic roof frame onto a vehicle that originally had a 1st generation panoramic roof frame, install the curtain airbag mounting bolt in the rearward hole.
  40. If retrofitting a 2nd generation panoramic roof frame onto a vehicle that originally had a 1st generation panoramic roof frame, replace the sunroof controller module:
    • Left hand drive (LHD) vehicles: Refer to procedure
    • Right hand drive (RHD) vehicles: Refer to procedure
  41. Connect the 12V negative terminal and the First Responder Loop.
  42. Secure the sunroof motors.
  43. Install the footwell covers.
  44. Install new roof rack anchors (x4) with nuts (x2) (torque 11 Nm).
  45. Connect the front drain tubes. Note: Rotate the hose ends to aid in installation.
  46. Connect the rear drain tubes.
  47. Connect the pinch sensor harness connector and secure the connector to the roof with a cable tie.

    Caution: Use caution with the wire routing near the side curtain airbag.

    Note: If retrofitting a 2nd generation panoramic roof frame onto a vehicle that originally had a 1st generation panoramic roof frame, install the pinch sensor adapter harness between the connectors (x2) of the new roof frame and the vehicle pinch sensor harness.

    Frame - Panoramic Roof Assembly (Remove and Replace) - Installation

  48. Install the bolts that secure the drive cable tubes.
  49. Install the headliner (refer to procedure). Note: If retrofitting a 2nd generation panoramic roof frame onto a vehicle that originally had a 1st generation panoramic roof frame, install a new panoramic roof middle cover.
  50. Calibrate the panoramic roof (refer to procedure).
  51. Test the sliding glass assembly in all positions, and open and close it several times.
  52. Perform a vehicle test drive, listening for any creaks or rattles from the roof, headliner, or instrument panel.

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