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Tesla Model S: Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

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

Removal

  1. Remove regulator assembly (refer to procedure)
  2. Make sure exterior release handle is fully retracted.
  3. Disconnect handle harness connector.
  4. Remove nuts (x4) securing door release assembly to reinforcement (torque 9 Nm).
  5. Carefully release door handle assembly from door outer panel.

    Caution: Take care not to damage component(s).

    Caution: Protect exterior paint surfaces during this procedure.

    Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  6. Remove exterior release handle assembly from door.

    Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  7. Remove door handle rear seal.
  8. Remove screws (x4) securing handle grip backplate and remove (torque 2 Nm).

    Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  9. Release LED from door grip.
  10. Release door grip from fork and remove.

    Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Installation

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

  • Install the grip and back plate on the new handle assembly before reinstallation.
  • Use Toolbox to update or redeploy the firmware:
    • If the vehicle is not running the latest firmware, run the "Vehicle Firmware Update" procedure.
    • If the vehicle is running the latest firmware, run the "Firmware Redeploy" procedure.
  • After installation, check operation of replacement door handle.

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