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Tesla Model S: Latch - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2023) Service Manual / Closures / Latch - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)


  1. Open liftgate and secure at working height.
  2. Remove liftgate trim (refer to procedure)
  3. Disconnect wiring harness connector.
  4. Remove screws (x2) securing liftgate latch assembly (torque 10 Nm).

    Latch - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

  5. Release outer cable from abutment and disconnect inner cable from latch assembly.

    Latch - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

  6. Remove latch assembly.
  1. Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following.  
  2. Power the cinch motor until the correct alignment is reached. Open liftgate and torque tighten bolts.


     Striker - Liftgate (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Open liftgate. Remove liftgate striker cover. Remove bolts (x2) securing striker to body (torque 10 Nm).

     Actuator - Cinching (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Open liftgate and secure at working height. Remove liftgate trim (refer to procedure) Remove screws x3 securing cinch motor to liftgate. Release harness clip, rotate the c

     Cable - Cinching (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove cinch actuator from liftgate (refer to procedure) Disconnect cinch cable from latch assembly. Remove cin


     Center Console Assembly (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove the drop in center console assembly, if installed (refer to procedure). Remove the under-screen cubby. Remove the LH center console closeout extension (refer to procedure). Remove the RH center console closeout extension. Remove the rear center console

     Charging stopped - Charge cable disconnected

    Close charge port - Press brake pedal and retry Charging has stopped because your vehicle has detected that the connection between the charge port and charge cable has been unexpectedly interrupted. Before disconnecting a charge cable, make sure you first stop charging. With some external chargi

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