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Water in tail light

Discussion in 'Model S' started by docrice, Dec 26, 2016.

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  1. docrice

    docrice Member

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    Warranty expired last month and now some water is in one of my tail lights:

    2016.12.17: Flooded Tail Light

    It's not the old condensation issue in the reverse lights (I had the chrome applique replaced for that). Has anyone removed this piece and if so, how hard was it? Not sure if the water would affect the bulbs themselves, but it's a bit concerning. Definitely avoiding Tesla Service costs at this point.
     
  2. mrElbe

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    To remove these you have to do the following:
    1. Remove interior lower tailgate cover.
    2. Remove exterior chrome applique that goes across the back of lid. ( this is tricky )
    3. Unbolt tail light assembly
     
  3. docrice

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    My S is about a year old and I've had the liftgate tail lights replaced twice for water intrusion into the housings...
     
  5. JPP

    JPP Active Member

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    Applique attached with 3M automotive tape.

    You have found the instructions from Rick/artsci's site (EV Appliques). Not as hard as it looks to slice through the tape with dental floss or the like.

    Have fun!
     

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