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Tesla Model S: Windshield Assembly (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Body / Windshield Assembly (Remove and Replace)

Note: Use Dow Betaseal Express or an equivalent fast-curing glass adhesive to perform this procedure.

Special tool recommended for this procedure:

Supplier Part Number Description
Tesla 1064740-00-A Adhesive Scraper Tool
Removal
  1. If equipped, remove the forward facing camera (refer to procedure).
  2. Remove the LH 'A' post trim (refer to procedure).
  3. Remove the RH 'A' post trim.
  4. Remove the interior mirror (refer to procedure).
  5. Remove the screen cowl panel (refer to procedure).
  6. Protect the external bodywork and the internal trim adjacent to the front windshield.
  7. Place suitable covers over the remaining paint and body work.
  8. Assemble a windshield adhesive cutting tool.
  9. Carefully cut the windshield adhesive and remove the glazing. Note the installed position of any height or alignment setting blocks. Warning: To avoid personal injury, eye protection must be worn when performing this operation. Warning: Only use cleaning agents and solvents in a well-ventilated area. Caution: Take care not to damage component(s).
  10. Position the glazing on a suitable stand.
  11. Remove the adhesive from the body and the original glazing, if re-installing.
Installation
  1. Clean and polish the windshield.
  2. Apply primer as directed by the adhesive manufacturer. Note: Check the primer and adhesive packaging for the appropriate working times for each product. Prepare the necessary tools and the work environment so that the glass can be installed within the specified working times.
  3. Assemble the adhesive applicator.
  4. Attach suction handles (x2) to the exterior glazing surface.
  5. Apply adhesive to the windshield opening. If height blocks or spacers were found during removal, install them to their previous positions.
  6. With assistance, position and align glazing to the body opening. Evenly and progressively press the windshield glazing onto the spacers.
  7. Apply suitable tape to secure the glazing while the adhesive cures. Warning: Do not drive the vehicle until the adhesive has cured. Refer to the adhesive packaging for the safe drive-away time.
  8. Remove the suction cups.
  9. Examine the integrity of the adhesive joint and add more if required.
  10. Clean off any excess adhesive that was extruded from the joint.
  11. Install a new light/rain sensor (refer to procedure). Note: The light/rain sensor is a one time use component. If the rain/light sensor is removed from the windshield, a new sensor must be installed.
  12. If equipped, install the forward facing camera (refer to procedure).

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