Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Polishing, Touch Up, and Body Repair

Tesla Model S (2012-2023) Owner's Manual / Maintenance / Cleaning / Polishing, Touch Up, and Body Repair

To preserve the cosmetic appearance of the body, you can occasionally treat the paint surfaces with an approved polish containing:

  • Very mild abrasive to remove surface contamination without removing or damaging the paint.
  • Filling compounds that fill scratches and reduce their visibility.
  • Wax to provide a protective coating between the paint and environmental elements.

Regularly inspect the exterior paint for damage. Treat minor chips and scratches using a paint touch-up pen (available for purchase from Tesla). Use the touch-up pen after washing but before polishing or waxing.

Repair rock chips, fractures or scratches. Refer to https://www.tesla.com/support/body-shop-support for more information on repair locations and available services.

CAUTION: Do not use cutting pastes, color restoration compounds, or polishes containing harsh abrasives. These can scour the surface and permanently damage the paint.

CAUTION: Do not use chrome polish or other abrasive cleaners.


     Using a Car Cover

    To preserve the cosmetic appearance of the body when Model S is not being used, use a genuine Tesla car cover. Car covers can be purchased from Tesla. See Parts and Accessories. CAUTION: Use onl

     Wiper Blades and Washer Jets

     Checking and Cleaning Wiper Blades

    Periodically clean the edge of the wiper blades and check the rubber for cracks, splits, and roughness. If damaged, replace the blade immediately to prevent damage to the glass and improve visibili


     TXV Valve - Evaporator (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Recover refrigerant from the vehicle (refer to procedure) Remove underhood storage unit (refer to procedure) Remove nut securing pipe retaining plate to evaporator TXV (torque 22 Nm). Remove bolt securing A/C pipe bracket to cross-brace (torque 6 Nm).


    Charging does not start. The green "Ready" light in the software application is dimmed. Check that the HV power supply is plugged in and turned on. Check the connections at the rear of the charger/interface control box. Discharging does not start.

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