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Tesla Model S: Spring and Damper Assembly - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Suspension / Spring and Damper Assembly - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

Removal

  1. Remove the front road wheel (refer to procedure).
  2. Lower the vehicle.
  3. Remove the underhood apron (refer to procedure).
  4. Remove the nuts (x3) that secure the coil spring module top mounting (torque 39 Nm).

    Spring and Damper Assembly - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  5. Raise the vehicle.
  6. Release the wheel speed sensor harness from the knuckle.
  7. Remove the nut and bolt that secure the upper control arm to the knuckle (torque 60 Nm).

    Spring and Damper Assembly - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  8. Note the orientation of the clip that secures the brake hose to the spring and damper assembly. Release the clip.
  9. Remove the nut and bolt that secure the spring and damper assembly to the lower arm (torque 140 Nm).

    Caution: Take care not to damage component(s).

    Caution: Replace all nylon-insert locknuts.

    Note: The following image shows a rear wheel drive (RWD) assembly. The assembly in a dual motor (DM) vehicle looks different.

    Spring and Damper Assembly - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  10. Release the spring and damper assembly from the lower arm.

    Spring and Damper Assembly - Front - LH (Remove and Replace)

  11. Remove the spring and damper assembly.

    Caution: Ensure that you do not damage the halfshaft if removing a spring and damper assembly from a DM vehicle.

    RWD spring and damper assembly DM spring and damper assembly
Installation

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

Caution: Replace all nylon-insert locknuts.

Note: Clean the affected areas before installation.

Caution: Only fully tighten suspension nuts and bolts when the vehicle is on a 4-post lift and the suspension is in the ride height position.

Ensure that the clip that secures the brake hose to the spring and damper assembly is installed correctly.

  • Rear wheel drive (RWD) vehicles: The hose and the clip are installed from the same direction.

    Note: Ensure that the clip is fully seated, with the "fingers" both remaining on the bottom side of the retaining bracket.

    Top view, RWD (correct) Bottom view, RWD (correct)
  • Dual motor (DM) vehicles: The clip is installed from the rear.

    Note: Ensure that the clip is fully seated, with the "fingers" both remaining on the bottom side of the retaining bracket.

    Top view, DM (incorrect)
    Top view, DM (incorrect)

    Top view, DM (correct)
    Top view, DM (correct)

    Bottom view, DM (correct)
    Bottom view, DM (correct)  

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