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Tesla Model S: Subframe Assembly - Front (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Chassis / Subframe Assembly - Front (Remove and Replace)


  1. Remove front subframe assembly for access (refer to procedure)
  2. Remove and discard the bolts (x2) securing steering rack assembly to subframe (torque 175 Nm).

    Caution: Replace all Patchbolt(s).

    Caution: Ensure that the bolts are torqued in the correct sequence during reinstallation.

    Subframe Assembly - Front (Remove and Replace)

  3. Remove steering rack assembly from front subframe.

Installation procedure is the reverse of removal, except for the following: When reinstalling the bolts that secure the subframe to the steering rack, follow this sequence:

  1. Tighten the LH bolt to 30 Nm.
  2. Tighten the RH bolt to 30 Nm.
  3. Fully torque the LH bolt to 175 Nm.
  4. Fully torque the RH bolt to 175 Nm.


     Skidplate - Front (Remove and Replace)

    Warning: If the vehicle has air suspension, activate "Jack" mode on the touchscreen before raising and supporting the vehicle. Removal Remove front aero shield (refer

     Skidplate - Rear (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove rear diffuser tray (refer to procedure) Remove screws (x2) securing rear skid plate to subframe (torque 10 Nm). In

     Skid Bar - Front Subframe (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove the front aero shield panel (refer to procedure). Remove and discard the inner bolts (x2) that secure the skid bar to the front subframe (10 Nm).


     Assembly - Cover - Footwell - LH (RHD) (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Fully open the passenger door. Move the passenger seat rearward for access. Remove the LH center console closeout extension (refer to procedure). Release the clips (x4) that secure the lower glove box cover to the glove box.

     Fan - Condenser - LH (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Recover refrigerant from the vehicle (refer to procedure). Remove the front wheel arch liner (refer to procedure). Remove the bolts (x2) and remove the front bumper support bar (torque 11 Nm). Remove the

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