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Tesla Model S: Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Suspension / Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Warning: If the vehicle has air suspension, activate "Jack" mode on the touchscreen before raising and supporting the vehicle.

Removal

  1. Remove the front hub (refer to procedure).
  2. Remove the screws (x2 or x3) that secure the dust shield to the knuckle (torque 8 Nm).

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

    Note: Components have been removed in this graphic to aid clarity.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  3. Remove the dust shield.
  4. Remove the nuts (x2) that secure the lower control arm ball joints to the knuckle (torque 195 Nm).
  5. Hold the tie rod ball joint pin with an allen wrench while removing the nut that secures the tie rod end to the knuckle (torque 103 Nm).

    Caution: To prevent ball joint damage, always hold the ball joint pin with a wrench while loosening or tightening the lock nut.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  6. Release the tie rod end from the knuckle.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  7. Remove the screws (x2) that secure the wheel speed sensor harness bracket and the sensor retaining screw (torque 8 Nm).
  8. Release the wheel speed sensor harness clip from the knuckle.
  9. Release the wheel speed sensor from the knuckle and position aside.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  10. Remove the nut that secures the sway bar link to the knuckle and disconnect the link (torque 70 Nm).

    Caution: To prevent ball joint damage, always hold the ball joint pin with a wrench while loosening or tightening the lock nut.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  11. Remove the bolt and nut that secure the knuckle to the upper control arm ball joint (torque 60 Nm).

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  12. Disconnect the knuckle from the upper control arm.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  13. Release the lower ball joints from the knuckle.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  14. Remove the knuckle.

    Knuckle - Suspension - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Installation

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

Caution: Replace all nylon-insert locknuts.

Perform a four wheel alignment check (refer to procedure).

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