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2013 S 85 Charge Port Replacement Tips?

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  1. teslick2

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    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 held in by 4 screws.

    Before I dive into this thing, does anyone have experience changing the charge ports on an older Model S? Or any tips they could share?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    You are considering putting your body at risk to replace it where there's HV cables? Wow. I'm old and far from being as useful as I once was and I would NOT consider doing it myself.
     
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    Isolating the HV and 12V are pretty simple. After that's done, my biggest risk is cutting my fingers on sharp sheet metal.
     
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  4. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Hey teslick2, I wish you well. Will you have your descendant drop into TMC and tell us which action it was that took you?
     
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  5. Saxgod

    Saxgod Thread Necromancer

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    A bit melodramatic don’t you think?

    Just because you aren’t capable doesn’t mean he isn’t. He came asking for how not whether he should.
     
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  6. tj1772

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    There is a DIY video on this. I have to find it. It's straight forward. I remember you have to disconnect the battery and the access is behind the liner in the trunk.
     
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    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    #7 Akikiki, Sep 2, 2019
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    Sax, old buddy, :) I think teslick2 got the spirit and my meaning better than you did. Just like you assume that I'm not capable because I choose not to risk it.
     
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    Thanks! I look forward to seeing what you find.
     
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    Do it yourself. The HV cables arent even hot (check with meter). You'll need to remove your tail light.
     
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    I can only fing GEN 2 charge ports on ebay. Can I use the pins on the GEN 2 generation?
     
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    I have a non-automatic charge port
     
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    Maybe. The pins must be the same shape so the charging cable fits in, but I’m not sure how the pins connect to the actual port on the gen 2.
     
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    How can I find the GEN 1 port? I cannot find it. And thank you for the help
     
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  17. Vip

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    So I replaced the charge port on my 2013 Model S. After replacement the car gave 2 errors: Car needs service and car needs software update.
    Has anyone had this issue and if so what did you do to resolve this?
    Thanks
     
  18. Vip

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    So I had an interesting experience with the replacement.
    As stated before, after I installed the new charging port multiple errors appeared. I could not drive my car or charge it.
    One of the errors that appeared was that a software update was needed.
    Luckily for me I hadn't downloaded the latest OTA update and it was sitting there to be downloaded. (it never downloaded because it wasn't connected to wifi.
    I had the new port in and started downloading the update but the car totally crashed. It messed things up so much that I couldn't get the car started or working. None of the screens would work. At this point I seriously thought my eMMC failed!!!
    I changed the port back to the old one. The car started back up.
    So I decided to download the update with the old port installed.
    Once the download was complete I re-installed the new port. Then I completed the installation of the update.
    Success!!! After the update completed installation it recognized the charge port and everything was working great.
    FYI: I did call Tesla beforehand and they said I could try the current pending download. If that didn't work then I would have to go to the service center for the update. Which surprised me and think it is BS that they can't send the software update OTA.
     
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    Yes, you need to redeploy the firmware after the part change. One handy way to do that, as you discovered, is to have a software update staged. :)
     
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  20. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Wow. @Vip, You were lucky.
     

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