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How do you remove sliding armrests?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by pingumel, May 11, 2016.

  1. pingumel

    pingumel New Member

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    How do you remove the sliding armrests to remove the plastic cover underneath it? I must be missing something because I can't get it.
     
  2. GlmnAlyAirCar

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    The screws on the underside of my armrest came out, so I stopped by a service center to have them replaced. The tech told me to be ready for what he was about to do. He pulled back the armrest about half way so he could get his hand under it, then yanked it straight up. Pop! Off it came. He told me it's the way it's supposed to be done. I haven't tried it myself, but I did witness the procedure. Take my advice with a grain of salt.
     
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  3. zambono

    zambono Active Member

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    Se need a DIY section already
     
  4. Andino

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    Has anyone tried this with success? I need to remove the sliding armrests in order to take off the plastic protective film.
     
  5. Nismode

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    If the film is still whole, you don't need to. Just pull it in a way to peel off everything at once. Sliding the armrests forward makes it easier. If there's still a piece in between, I would rather use a small, thin screwdriver to peel it off rather than messing with removing the armrests personally.
     
  6. Andino

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    I tried pulling and only part of it came off. The remainder got stuck between the armrest and the opening between the armrest and the console is way too thin for any screwdriver to reach it....o_O
     
  7. Tes Pride

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    Just pull the arm rest up. They pop off.
     
  8. Andino

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    Is it easy to put it back? What's the risk of damaging the whole thing?
     
  9. Tes Pride

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    I've taken mine off many times. It is harder to put back on. You can go to the service center if you are worried.
     
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    ***do not trust the craziness you see on YouTube on this ***

    In reality this is a 5 minute procedure...although scary to watch a pro do it...( I did yesterday at tesla service).

    Nothing to do but slide and yank hard. Picture below on 2015 dual slide. Then you attach new screws with licktight...align the tracks between what you removed and what is in my pic below and pound the top of the pad till it snaps to lower track. Given tesla knows of issue they did mine for free with no appointment (I called in advance to check the work load) 20180727_152801.jpg
     
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    Holy F that is scary.
     
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  13. Muzzman1

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    I posted this a while back. Hope this helps!
     
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