Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Liftgate Glass (Replace)


  1. Use the adhesive scraper to remove the excess urethane from the body.
  2. Temporarily reconnect the CHMSL to the harness in the center of the liftgate and have an assistant depress the brake pedal. Ensure that the CHMSL lights up properly. If any of the LEDs have been damaged, replace the CHMSL.
  3. Disconnect the CHMSL and secure it to the liftgate glass using double-sided tape (3M 06397 or equivalent).
  4. Close the liftgate.
  5. Attach the spacers to the glass at the locations shown.

    Caution: To prevent degraded radio reception, ensure that the spacers do not contact any part of the antenna grid.

    Liftgate Glass (Replace)

  6. Apply primer as directed by the adhesive manufacturer. Note: 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 glass can be installed within the specified working times. Note: This procedure requires approximately 2 tubes of urethane.
  7. Fully clean the urethane area.
  8. Cut the applicator tip on the urethane tube to the appropriate size.
  9. Apply the urethane to the liftgate glass. Be sure to follow the original pattern.

    Caution: To prevent degraded radio reception, do not allow adhesive to contact the radio antenna grid. Ensure that the adhesive is far enough away from the lower edges of the antenna grid that it will not touch the grid once the glass is installed.

    Liftgate Glass (Replace) Liftgate Glass (Replace)

  10. Install the rear liftgate glass, making sure that the gaps between the glass and the liftgate are even front to back and side to side. Evenly and progressively press the glass onto the spacers.
  11. Clean off any excess adhesive that was extruded from the joint. Warning: Do not drive the vehicle until the adhesive has cured. Refer to the adhesive packaging for the safe drive-away time.
  12. Reconnect all harness connections.
  13. Have an assistant use a hose to spray water along the edges of the liftgate glass. Ensure that no water leaks into the interior.
  14. Reinstall all components that were removed for access.

Liftgate Glass - Defrost Element (Remove and Replace)


Remove the liftgate glass (refer to procedure).

Note: The defrost element is part of the liftgate glass. If the defrost element is damaged, redo the liftgate glazing.




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