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Tesla Model S: Shaft - Steering Column - Intermediate Lower (Dual Motor) (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Steering / Shaft - Steering Column - Intermediate Lower (Dual Motor) (Remove and Replace)

Warning: If the 12V power supply is disconnected, do not attempt to open any doors with door glass in closed position. Failure to follow this instruction could result in door glass shatter.

Note: Before disconnecting the 12V power supply, ensure that the driver's door window is fully open. Failure to follow this instruction could result in vehicle lockout.

Removal

  1. Ensure that the front wheels are pointed straight ahead.
  2. Lock the steering wheel in position.
  3. Remove the HV battery (refer to procedure).
  4. Mark the lower intermediate shaft position relative to the steering rack.
  5. Remove the bolt that secures the lower intermediate shaft to the steering rack (torque 49 Nm).

    Shaft - Steering Column - Intermediate Lower (Dual Motor) (Remove and Replace)

  6. Mark the lower intermediate shaft position relative to the upper intermediate shaft and pinion.
  7. Remove the nut and bolt that secure the lower intermediate shaft to the upper intermediate shaft (torque 50 Nm).

    Shaft - Steering Column - Intermediate Lower (Dual Motor) (Remove and Replace)

  8. Release the lower intermediate shaft from the slot in the upper intermediate shaft.
  9. Release the lower intermediate shaft from the steering rack.
  10. Remove the lower intermediate shaft from the vehicle.
Installation

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

Note: Clean the affected areas before installation.

  1. Ensure that the lower intermediate shaft to pinion marks align correctly.
  2. Unlock the steering wheel.
  3. Connect a laptop with Toolbox 2.0 or later to the vehicle.
  4. In Toolbox, select Panels > Steering > Power Steering (EPAS) Control. Click the Start/Play button and follow the onscreen instructions.

Note: After calibrating EPAS, drive the vehicle for a minimum of 5 minutes before returning the vehicle to the customer.

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