Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)


Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following:
  • Before installing the mounting bolts, ensure that the mounting bracket holes are aligned with the threaded nut inserts behind the body panel. If the nut insert does not align with the bolt hole:
    1. Remove the rear sill trim panel (refer to procedure).
    2. Slide the nut insert into position.

      Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)

  • Verify that the third row seat has full range of motion and latches properly:
    • Ensure that the side latches are engaging correctly into the LH and RH strikers. If the latches are aligned too high, the trunk floor carpet is keeping the seat from sitting in the proper position. Kneel on both sides of the seat cushion, using your body weight to compress the seat and carpet. The carpet should stay compressed, keeping the hooks in proper alignment permanently.

      Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)

    • Ensure that the upper latch on the 3rd row seat click smoothly into place and is securely fastened to the 2nd row seatback.
      1. Remove the 3 screws on the back of the latch trim cover.

        Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)

      2. Lift the handle cover. Remove the latch trim cover to expose the 4 retaining nuts.

        Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)

      3. Loosen the 4 nuts slightly, so that the latch assembly is free to move up and down for adjustment.

        Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)

      4. With the 3rd row seatback latched to the 2nd row seat, center the latch position free play. The latch assembly will self-align to the 2nd row seat striker.

        Seat Assembly - 3rd Row (Replace)

      5. Tighten the 4 latch nuts (torque 5 Nm).
      6. Unlatch the 3rd row seat. Reinstall the latch surround trim piece and secure it with the 3 screws (torque 0.5 Nm).
      7. Verify proper latching of the 3rd row seat to the 2nd row seat back for smooth engaging and release.


     Cover - Outer Side - Driver's Seat (Remove and Install)

    Removal Open both driver's side doors. Power the seat height adjust fully upwards for access. Remove the screw that secures the outer side cover to the seat (torque 1 Nm).

     Cover - Back Rest - Driver's Seat (Remove and Install)

     Cover - Back Rest - Driver's Seat (Remove)

    Removal Prepare a padded work area Remove the driver's seat assembly (refer to procedure). With an assistant, place the seat onto a padded work area so that the plastic seat back



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