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  1. J

    DIY Model Y winter brake maintenance

    Just wondering if anyone has done the winter brake maintenance on their model Y themselves yet? I figured the fronts would be the same as the X I have, where you knock out the pins with a punch but they're not it looks like the pads are held in by individual pins and the caliper bracket itself...
  2. W

    How can I get Tesla to stage firmware for a DIY part swap?

    Hoping that someone here can help me figure out how to go about getting a firmware deployed and staged so I can replace the charge port on my 2013 P85. I have the new charge port assembly coming from eBay this Saturday and the swap seems pretty straightforward. My only problem is getting g the...
  3. W

    2018 Model 3 LR RWD Parking Sensor Harness

    Long story short, I bought a used July 2018 Model 3 in August 2020. I live in Central KY and we recently had a lot of snow and ice. After I cleared my car, one of my front parking sensors died. I bought a new sensor and replaced it myself with no luck. Tesla Service came to my house today to...
  4. J

    Diy ceramic coat after professional paint correction

    Title summarizes it. I just cannot justify spending $1,500+ on a ceramic coat and looking for more affordable options. I have definitely done my research and know that what I would not be able to do is the paint correction and polish. I know a reputable local shop that's willing to do a detail a...
  5. ajbessinger

    New forum/sub-group for maintenance and repair?

    I've been looking around in the forums for any kind of section dedicated to performing maintenance and repairs to Teslas, but it appears the only thing that comes close are the threads for "techincal/mechanical issues". That's all fine and well, but in the case of the Model S version of said...
  6. RHTrio

    12V battery warning message MX

    Hello Tesla Community, I have a 12V battery warning message coming up on my 2017 MX dash. I have scheduled service through the Tesla APP. However, the only available mobile service dates are 2 weeks out. Q: When the warning message indicates "replace soon" is there a cushion of time? (been...
  7. E

    P85 rear air spring module disassembly or exchange with newer version?

    Primary questions: Has anyone ever taken one of the earlier air springs (6006352/3-00) apart and replaced the internal seals? Can anyone confirm interchangeability between older and newer rear air spring modules? Longer version: On my 2014 Model S P85 with air suspension I have a slow leak...
  8. J

    Diy brake service

    My X90d is looking like it needs front brakes. I'm going to change the pads and rotors and bleed the system with the power bleeder. I'm looking for suggestions for rotors and pads since they sit in the car and have light use. Also does anyone know what the torque specs are for the caliper...
  9. antdun

    Model S Trailer Hitch Installation

    When I purchased my Model S 85 D just over a year ago one of the big concessions I made when purchasing it was giving up my ability to tow trailers or use my trailer hitch bike rack. I knew there was an aftermarket trailer hitch option, but I was a little scared to take my Tesla apart, and I...
  10. E

    Replacing Rear Camera on 2016 Model X

    First post here, forgive me and shoot me feedback if it can be improved. I just got a 2016 P90DL Model X (AP1) and I'm loving it! Only issue with it was the backup camera is out of focus. Still usable but sort of like having a mild/moderate need for glasses. It's just out of warranty, and...
  11. M

    DIY Ceramic Coating Advice Needed

    Looking to possibly do my own ceramic coating and was curious who had some suggestions as far as which one to go with and any other pointers for a first timer. The car will be exposed to the elements since I don't have a garage to store it in. This is in Ohio so weather fluctuates. I'm leaning...
  12. nguyentoogood

    I painted my Headlights (AGAIN!) + 4K Video + Lots of Photos

    Hey TMC, I painted my headlights again! Well sort of (I didn't paint it this time), I had greg use his spray gun and he has been trying to get the best "frosted" look. He was able to get this nice glossy like white that is very similar to the newer headlights. his ig: grc_lights The video...
  13. blecchus_rex

    incremental premium audio upgrades?

    I've premium audio in my Model 3 but would like to conduct incremental upgrades to the audio system w/o too much complexity, dissassembly or cost involved (e.g ideally wouldn't require addition of amps, crossovers, et cetera). Has anyone simply replaced the factory speakers (or a subset of...
  14. EVTuning

    Vendor New Youtube Channel from The Electrified Garage for DIY repairs/salvage projects

    We get a lot of inquiries on how to fix a Tesla without having to go to Tesla. We also have a lot of people trying to DIY a salvage vehicle without training or previous experience working on a Tesla. We have partnered with The Electrified Garage and Rich Rebuilds to bring a DIY Youtube Channel...
  15. S

    Tesla's Model 3 Do It Yourself Maintenance Guide

    In case you haven't located this on the Tesla website yet and have some maintenance items you want to do yourself, here's the link to the "Do It Yourself - Model 3" info: Do It Yourself - Model 3
  16. P

    Door handle easy temporary fix, 2015 P90DL

    I made a short video of how I temporarily DIYed past a door handle issue until I get it fixed at the SC. Hope this is helpful. Steps: 1: Enter the car from the passenger side and open the door from the inside 2: Enter the car from the drivers side 3: Grab some cotton string or another...
  17. loayhaq

    Headlights Lift

    Hello geeks, I installed 2017 headlights on my 2014 MS P85D (DIY). They look much pretty and sharp. Yet i need some help to get them function properly. Low beam (working fine once i plugged the connector) High beam (not working when pulling the stalk) DRL (not working) Turn signal...
  18. N

    glue overspill. Which solvent to use?

    There is a bit of glue overspill on the driver's door of my new model 3. Rather than bother Tesla about it I am happy to deal with it myself, but what solvent should I use without risking dissolving the plastic of the door itself? Or is it perhaps thermal plastic glue? Or am I foolish not to...
  19. B

    Installing sentry SSD in glovebox

    I relocated the factory USB hub below the HVAC blower, and plugged a USB hub into one port and extension cables into the other port, and was able to plug the T5 SSD into USB hub and route the wire up into the glovebox. This way it's safely locked away and out of sight when the car is locked...
  20. heytae

    DIY stand for 3 Powerwalls raised off the garage floor

    Can anyone with a Powerwall2 tell me if the bottom of them are completely flat, or whether they have some protrusion or "feet" on the bottom that they rest on when installed on the floor? I'd like to know if my DIY stand should be flat or accommodate any such "feet" if the Powerwalls have any...
  21. A

    Upgraded USB hub with data and power for model 3?

    I was looking for something similar to this, does anyone know of a similar product or guide for providing more power than the existing ports do? My current setup is a taptes dual wireless charger for my phone, and a 1-to-2 usb splitter thing for the flash drive for dashcam. When playing...
  22. O

    Freshly Superwrapped and Lowered

    I’ve had my Model 3 for about 10 months now and I purchased superwrap and the unplugged performance Low Springs to install several months ago... finally got to it today, what do you guys think? I used the superwrap bronze kit, and the unplugged performance off menu low springs for the AWD version.
  23. T

    2013 S 85 Charge Port Replacement Tips?

    Hi all, The charge port on my 2013 Model S 85 has a few issues and the service center said that the port and door should be replaced. Unfortunately they quoted ~$900 to do the work, whereas used charge ports and doors are about $75 on eBay. It doesn't look like a lot of work, and the port is...
  24. geekdad

    Neuroscience + Tesla: DIY neural interface for Model 3

    My kids and I built a myoelectric neural interface to control a Model 3. Why? Because, SCIENCE!
  25. C

    Anyone got experience on detaching undercarriage off bumper?

    Hi guys, I'm in the process of removing the last (rearmost) piece of the undercarriage panel, I've got all the bolts and retention clips removed, but not sure how to detach the panel itself off the bumper. All other panels are off, just missing this last one. Has anyone done this before? If...
  26. nguyentoogood

    Painted my Headlights! DIY [Video] + lots of photos

    Hey TMC! I just wanted to share my experience if anyone wanted to tackle the project! I am not a big fan of the chrome headlights. I didn't want to tint because that lowers the light output. Blacking out the chrome housing, on a projector headlight does not degrade light performance! The...
  27. Plu1357

    Diy: Home High Power Wall Connector Installation

    Picked up my black Model 3 LR AWD with Aero wheels on May 22. Installed High Power Wall Connector (HPWC) at home by myself in the following weekend and save $800.
  28. MountainPass

    Vendor How To: Perform Hard Reset on Tesla Model 3

    Hello friends! Sasha's music streaming stopped working for a full day last week, and after we got it back up and running using this procedure we realized it would be selfish to not share it with all of you. This guide will walk you through how to perform a hard reset on your Tesla Model 3...
  29. L

    Building my own pseudo(Powerwall)

    Backstory to this is located here: Tesla PW price increase I currently have a 13kW (Peak) solar system that's grid tried using Enphase micro inverters, after doing a ton of research on energy storage for existing grid tied systems I ended up going with the same process Tesla uses with the PW...
  30. shimmy

    Tesla OEM Carbon Fiber Install Process on non-P AWD White Model 3 (w/pics)

    Picked up an OEM Carbon Fiber spoiler: ...and wanted to share my install experience, as I dared to install it on my own, on my white model 3 AWD. There are reports of fitment issues, with the edges specifically. In looking at the back of the spoiler, which uses 3M double stick (it's...
  31. H

    Has anyone DIY'd a PPF installation?

    I'm sure someone has. I am trying to figure out is it cost effective vs having an installer do it. If you don't mind answering a couple questions, I would be grateful. How much material did you need? Where did you source the material? Thanks
  32. M

    Garage necessary for DIY Ceramic Coating?

    I've read some really helpful threads on how to do a ceramic coating, however I saw that people were advising you leave your car in the garage for so many hours to let the coating cure. I live in an apartment complex and there are no parking spots with shade and there are no parking garages near...
  33. NHK X

    DIY wrap

    Anyone on here have experience doing a full DIY wrap for their Tesla? Not asking for a debate with going to a shop instead. Saving money isn’t the objective, although nice. I like DIY and want to learn how to do this so I can change out colors easily if the vinyl is damaged or I want a fresh...
  34. SD_Engnr

    MPP Front rotors for P3D+

    Finally got my set of front rotors from @MountainPass and wanted to share some details and pictures. Quick install guide is after the pics... They are beautiful, so it's a shame I've got to install them to just dirty them up, but I wouldn't have it any other way :) Details: Stock P3D+ rotors...
  35. sledom

    Rebuilt tesla software help?

    Im Thinking of keeping this car but if Im going to I have to find an affordable alternative to paying Ingineer every time that I need to install a new part for new software. Is there an affordable alternative to keep my supercharger access and allow me to be able to put in parts to my car when...
  36. B

    DC - DC converter / AC compressor repair

    so my 2013 model S is not blowing cold air anymore. Also, the heater is no longer blowing hot air. No error messages, but from research I believe the AC compressor and possibly PTC died causing the dc/dc fuse(s) to blow. The vehicle is out of warranty and i'm not trying to spend $4k to fix...
  37. V

    DIY cargo mats?

    Thinking to DIY the trunk and frunk mats. Any suggestions on the rubber sheet material to buy? Objective is to buy rubber sheet, cut it to trunk, frunk and bottom small trunk shapes, and the total cost should be cheaper than the market ones. Thanks!
  38. T

    DIY care recommendations

    I've gone back and forth on what extra steps to take on caring for the paint of my Model 3 and I think I might end up on doing a DIY ceramic coating or at a minimum an application of a good wax for the winter. The problem is I'm in MN and the weather is getting colder and I wonder if doing...
  39. David99

    How to fix broken control stalks

    A few days ago I got in the car quickly and accidentally broke off my blinker stalk. Since I like fixing things on my car, I did a little research and found that the entire unit that holds all control stalks around the steering wheel is one unit that can easily replaced. I doubled check the...
  40. S

    I sprayed my Model 3 with a custom blue Liquid Wrap

    Yes, this is a little crazy, but I thought I'd share anyway for those that may be interested. Last night I finished up my first liquid wrap attempt on my Model 3. If you're unfamiliar, liquid wrap (ie. plastidip, proline, autoflex, raail, etc) is a spray-on wrap that can be removed (similar to a...
  41. J

    Caliper Torque Specifications?

    Does anyone know what the torque specifications are for the calipers (e.g. banjo bolt, mounting bolts, etc.). I am thinking of taking the calipers off the car to have them painted red. When I mount them back on I would like to know how tight they need to be. Also, is the brake fluid DOT5 or...
  42. geoffreak

    For Sale: Unused 3M Scotchguard Pro PPF Kit for Model 3 (Dallas, TX)

    I bought a PPF pre-cut kit for the Model 3, but changed my mind on doing the work myself and now I'm stuck with this kit I won't use and can't return. I'd rather not have to ship it so I'm asking here to see if anyone in Dallas, TX would be interested in buying it off me. I'll be able to bring...
  43. sumitkgarg

    Show your customized pearl white refresh Model S

    Just want to see your interior/exterior customizations and get some ideas for my own car :) My list so far:- - no front license plate - removed rear license plate frame - tinted windows - OEM spoiler - 21inch grey turbine wheels - removed Model S and battery size badges - cubby drawer - all...
  44. Lanzer

    Cheap DIY Paint Protection Film Project

    I just paid to have my front bumper wrapped with paint protection film (PPF) as I have no confidence in wrapping the bumper myself. Though I want to wrap the front hood also, as you need to press pretty hard to close the hood, and I can see myself scratching it up pretty quickly. Surprising...
  45. Kenriko

    Vendor Tesla Model 3 | DIY Ceramic Coating

    Length 11:26 | 12 Hours Labor | 24 Hours Cure TLDW How to wash, Clay, Polish, Prep, Ceramic Coat. 1) Wash with the two bucket system top to bottom, a foam cannon is handy. 2) Clay bar the whole car to get ride of contaminants. 3) Polish using a random orbital polisher and M205 with a orange...
  46. L

    Guide: DIY Interior Refresh Project - Beige to Charcoal

    I've had my S85 for a few months, and I already had the itch to make some changes, so I figured I'd try my hand at changing the interior pieces from beige to black. I had posted a thread asking for a more detailed guide how to remove the headliner since a few folks on the forum had done it, but...
  47. widodh

    DIY Lithium battery project(s)

    As I couldn't find a thread about I figured I would start a thread about it. For the past few weeks I've been working on my first DIY Lithium battery project using 18650 cells from Samsung. I have a old Chinese e-scooter which had 4 12V 40Ah batteries and after they died I decided to replace...
  48. Akrion

    Model S Grocery Hooks DIY

    For those of you who like me like to have things organized and tidy @ the trunk I recently figured out a way to get VM/Audi grocery hooks (which I always loved in my Audi's) attached to the rear trunk "cover". The best part is that the total cost for the parts needed is less than $30! Here is...
  49. BLKMDL3

    Doing my plasti dip chrome delete tmrw

    Thats right. Tomorrow, the new beast will get blacked out using plasti dip by yours truly. If anyone has done this can't they give me tips and share pics of their car and wheels. I know, @Peteybabes has been waiting for this, so have I. Washing it today so it wi be all dry for tomorrow. Thanks...
  50. Siggy101

    European Model S dashcam power source?

    Hi all, I live in Switzerland and have a 2017 Model S 90D. I was intending to fit a BlackVue dashcam but all of the installation videos show you guys plugging in to a 'spare' power connector that is sitting behind the grill in roof above the rear view mirror. Here in Europe, that plug is in...

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