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autopilot camera housing (removal)

Discussion in 'Model S' started by bktiger86, Aug 1, 2020 at 6:57 PM.

  1. bktiger86

    bktiger86 Member

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    Hi everyone. Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

    Got quick question...anybody have instructions or knows if its possible to remove that housing to get to the glass (AKA windshield) underneath?

    I noticed mine is a little "foggy" underneath so I want to wipe it clean. Thanks! IMG_0114.jpg
     
  2. zimeon

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    Would be nice to know this, got a dead bug inside mine o_O
     
  3. ShawnA

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    Hi bktiger86,

    I was distressed to see much water on the glass
    in front of the cameras when I brought
    my car home after a windshield tinting...

    I used some 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of computer paper.
    I held the paper on both ends and pulled it back and forth
    similar to a shoe shine...
    It took a few sheets of paper to get the water out of there.
    But it was fairly dry and clean when I finished.

    A "thinner" microfiber cloth might work, similar to an eyeglass
    cleaning cloth...

    Shawn
     
  4. bktiger86

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    I found this video. They teach you on how to take apart the whole thing, but not to the point where it touches the glass yet.


    Thanks for the suggestion. I might try with a microfiber to see if I can reach in there just in case I can't take it apart.
     
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  5. captjoemcd

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    Just a word of caution- removing the front triple camera housing may require realignment by a Tesla SC, which is roughly an hour of labor and the hassle of an appointment.
     
  6. bktiger86

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    So I went gun-ho and was like lets rip this thing apart. Was able to reach to the glass! It was a fairly simple. Couple screws inside and the whole panel came off. Be careful, the camera did come out of the sockets. I had to use tape to hold it up while I was cleaning the glass.

    He is correct, I did hear about the realignment maybe required. Luckily I measured everything and made sure to put everything back exactly how it was. Please do this with caution.

    After completion, I see the video quality is a lot better for dash cam + I think it is reading the lines better and detecting vehicles!
     

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