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Tesla Model S: Front Drive Unit (From Below) (Remove and Install) - Installation

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Front Drive Unit / Front Drive Unit (From Below) (Remove and Install) / Front Drive Unit (From Below) (Remove and Install) - Installation

Installation

Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following:
  • Use alcohol wipes to clean the mating surfaces between the RH motor mount and drive unit.
  • When securing the motor to the mounts, use the shim tools to ensure that there is sufficient clearance:
    1. Attach the 15 mm ratchet tool to a torque wrench.

      Caution: Ensure that the ratchet tool is 90 degrees perpendicular to the handle of the torque wrench when using the tool.

      Front Drive Unit (From Below) (Remove and Install) - Installation

      1 90 degree angle

    2. Position the 3 shim tools between the RH motor mount and body.

      Front Drive Unit (From Below) (Remove and Install) - Installation

    3. Install the bolts (x4) that secure the motor to the RH mount in the order shown (torque 75 Nm).

      Note: Use the ratchet tool to fully tighten the first and fourth bolt.

      Front Drive Unit (From Below) (Remove and Install) - Installation

    4. Install the bolts (x3) that secure the motor to the LH mount (torque 38 Nm).
  • When installing the driveshaft into the drive unit:
    • Ensure that the opening of the snap ring is facing towards the bottom of the drive unit.
    • Do not damage or displace the oil seal.
    • Verify that the driveshaft is fully seated by carefully pushing it into the drive unit until there is an audible "click" from the snap ring.
  • Recharge the AC system.
  • Fill the drive unit with the correct amount of proper fluid:

    Note:

    • Use the fluid specified in General Information > Fluids and Capacities > Fluids .
    • Use the amount specified in General Information > Fluids and Capacities > Fluid Capacities .

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