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

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) 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.


     Subframe Assembly - Front (Remove and Install)

    Special tools required for this procedure: Supplier Part Number Description

     Subframe Assembly - Front (Remove and Replace)

    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).

     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


     Module - Air Suspension - ECU (Remove and Install)

    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

     Adjusting the Front Seats

    Move seat forward/backward and adjust the seat's height and tilt angle up/down. Adjust backrest. Adjust lumbar support. WARNING: Before adjusting a front seat, check that the area around the seat is free of obstacles (people and objects). WARNING: Do not adjust seats while driving.

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