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Discussion in 'Model X' started by BoX69, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. BoX69

    BoX69 New Member

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    After towing, I removed the hook and kind of reattached the plastic protection cover/ plate. It seemed okay, but it probably wasn’t tight enough; I lost this plate.
    Tesla sent me a new one including 2 screws, rings and 2 metal small parts.
    I have no clue how have to use these. Does anyone know how to attach/ use these (or has a photo of the original set up)?
     

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  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, my March 2018 build's flap is different from what was described in the owners manual. The manual shows one "latch" that you turn to release whereas mine actually has the two push-in connectors similar to what you show. Not exactly the same, just similar. Mine has two pins that you pop part way out to release. When you push them in, they expand in the inside holding the cover in place.
     
  3. BoX69

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    Thanks for the info! I have a March 18 X as well. So the push-in connectors will become small enough to pass through the car’s ‘donut’ holes? And where does the plastic ring go?
     
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    I found this image on the internet which is close to what my car has:
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    Mine is not threaded; it just slides up and down. When you pry it up, the shaft collapses and looks like the picture. When you press it down, the shaft expands out. I believe they call it a "plastic rivet". What you do is push this through the hole in the cover and the corresponding hole on the car's underpan, then push the "button" in and it expands... like a rivet... and holds the cover in place. You pop it open by prying the button to the open position with a small screwdriver.

    My car does not have pieces that look like what you posted.
     
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    Lost mine as well after towing, good to know it’s easy to get a new one.

    I think the design on my early build X is a bit different.
     
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    I wish I could get one with an opening cut in it to put on when the hitch is in place. Just to keep the dirt and snow out of that area in the winter.
     
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    The Tesla replacement set costs were about 20 euros, including shipping (from the Tilburg plant in the Netherlands). An easier and more robust system would nice; I tow on a regular basis.
     
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    #8 Yinn, Aug 9, 2018
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    You don’t need the metal parts, you should have those already since you had the cover. Just slide the long piece into the ring. Then push it into place. It’ll lock into the metal piece that’s already on your car.

     

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