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Model S Repairs

Discussion in 'Model S' started by SlicerDicer, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. SlicerDicer

    SlicerDicer Member

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    Hello I've been working on my Tesla as of lately. I'm out of warranty original pre-order. I'm sure some of you have seen me on Twitter @Stealthwater doing my repairs.

    Currently I'm working on getting a list of how to fix the car. What's needed and where. I will be providing information on how to repair wiring harness. I also have replaced window regulator and door handle parts.

    I think it's important to mention that my wiring loom cost me $13 to fix on driver's door. The window was 93 and doors are $75.

    The ease of entry to do work cannot be overstated. I can remove door panel and take out loom faster than my wife can make a latte. I can remove the rear hatch interior faster than she can make salad. This includes tail lights.

    I'm not sure how many are out of warranty that would be interested in fixing their cars. By my estimation though it's very cheap and easy to fix. Attached is Tesla dissasembly and or issues. I will be posting more later but for now I have to go to work IMG_20180721_195255.jpg IMG_20180721_115758.jpg IMG_20180722_084633.jpg IMG_20180722_204231.jpg IMG_20180719_211320.jpg IMG_20180720_194649.jpg IMG_20180722_205228.jpg IMG_20180713_104410.jpg FB_IMG_1531108226403.jpg IMG_20180721_195255.jpg IMG_20180721_115758.jpg IMG_20180722_084633.jpg IMG_20180722_204231.jpg IMG_20180719_211320.jpg IMG_20180720_194649.jpg IMG_20180722_205228.jpg IMG_20180713_104410.jpg FB_IMG_1531108226403.jpg .
     
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  2. SlicerDicer

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    If you see my car, it's got tons of stickers on back. Feel free to say hi, I'm looking for other owners with similar issues as well. I'd like to see how aystemic the problems are as my lens is rather small and confined. The more help I get, the more I can advise how make fix.

    Awesome car, bad QC it seems. From reports of model 3 it seems it's not getting any better. As a person dismantling his own Tesla. I can say that the problem is not the car assembly process it's the workers. They really need to be more careful and spend more time training it seems. Though I have no manual or training. If I can figure this out it's not that hard.
     
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    Impressive. I must admit, I'm not naturally skilled at working on cars. It's something that I have to gear myself up for and then it seems to always take me longer than those, like you, who are more mechanically inclined. I've replaced two door handles on the S and found it doable, but unpleasant. I guess a blunt way of saying it is I hate working on a car! Perhaps that's not the best attitude to have when starting something like this. :confused:
     
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    Door handles are complicated to get to, I've found it's easier to remove the window from the regulator. The plastic clips and the 10mm make it easy. I'd assume that's the Tesla method given the bolt holes align. Though I have no idea, it might be easier to do how I did. I'm removing my rear drivers doorhandle today to fix it. I will post some photos of it.
     
  5. TM Parts

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    1. Remove the window glass from the door.


    Note: In the following steps, remove any plugs or waterproof tape that covers any of the nuts.


    2. Remove the upper rear nut that secures the regulator to the door (torque 10 Nm).

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    2. Mark the position of the lower part of the regulator on the inner part of the door.
    3. Remove the lower rear nut that secures the regulator to the door (torque 10 Nm).

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    4. Remove the rear part of the regulator.
    5. Make sure that the exterior door release handle grip is fully retracted into the assembly.
    6. Disconnect the harness connector from the assembly.
    7. Remove the nuts that secure the assembly to the door outer panel (torque 9 Nm).

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    8. Carefully remove the assembly from the vehicle.

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    Seems I was right, awesome.
     
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    Yep. I actually had to replace one last week and that's the same thing I did without looking at the service manual.
     
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    if you are a part of tesla owners world wide on facebook, pm Chris Ramsey in NY, he does all kinds of work on his tesla's... lots of video's too... and somewhere there is after market parts for the door handles.. specifically the piece you are holding in your hand that are supposed to be a heck of a lot stronger.
     
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    Yep I ordered his part, seems legit will report back.
     
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    Fixed the rear handle, while I was at it I realigned the driver's door handle. No more shall it squeak.

    Almost fully functional Tesla now.
     
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    Car still looking good too for a original pre-order. 5.5 years old now, are there any of this age out there still? I haven't seen a low VIN in a long time. IMG_20180801_085108.jpg
     

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