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Front side panel popped away from clips - can I fix that myself?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by kjl, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. kjl

    kjl Member

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    Due to bad luck/stupidity (flexible rubber parking mat got stuck to my tire due to wet tires and jammed into the wheel well when I went into reverse), a panel popped off the clips on one end.

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    Is this something I can fix myself? There is one screw hole which looks like it's held by a torx head screw that I don't have a driver for, but it looks like that screw hole pulled loose anyway, so really I'd just need to get the rectangular holes seated again.

    I tried just jamming it back there but there was some resistance and nothing clicked closed - it looks like maybe the clips need to be held open first before I can push it on? Or was I just not pushing hard enough? I'm having a hard time figuring out the mechanism of the clip because I don't have a clear view of it.

    I guess I'd rather just drive around looking like an idiot with this panel poking out until my next trip to the service center if there's any danger of me breaking something off by pushing too hard.
     
  2. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I'd like to know this too, I think I may have one broken clip after bumping a deer last week.
     
  3. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    early builds (early vins) had an issue with this, and the service center took care of this for me. i recommend asking your local service center -- you might be pleasantly surprised at their response
     
  4. MoeMistry

    MoeMistry Local Vendor - SoCal

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    Simply snap it back in. There will also be a T25 bolt inside wheel well that needs to be tightened or installed. There's no reason for that panel to pop out unless that bolt is missing or that portion of bumper is broken.
     
  5. kjl

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    Thanks. Yes, the screw hole on the panel had torn thanks to that rubber parking stopper thing getting jammed up in the wheel well, forcing the panel to pop off.
    But you were right - I just loosened that torx bolt a tiny bit, snapped the thing back on (it took quite a lot of force, which is why I was hesitant to try before), and tightened the bolt and it looks ~as good as new.
     

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