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

Tesla Model S (2012-2023) Service Manual / Chassis / Subframe Assembly - Rear (Remove and Replace)


  1. Remove the rear drive unit:
    • Small drive unit: Refer to procedure.
    • Large drive unit: Refer to procedure.
  2. Remove the rear sway bar (refer to procedure).
  3. If the vehicle is equipped with air suspension, remove the bolt that secures the LH ride height sensor bracket to the subframe (torque 7 Nm). Remove the sensor and bracket.

    Subframe Assembly - Rear (Remove and Replace)

  4. Repeat the previous step to remove the RH ride height sensor and bracket.
  5. Release the harness clips (x11) from the subframe assembly.
  6. Remove the rear subframe harness.

    Subframe Assembly - Rear (Remove and Replace)


Installation procedure is the reverse of removal.


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    Special tools required for this procedure: Supplier Part Number Description

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

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