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Tesla Model 3: Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust)

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Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust)

SPECIAL TOOLS

Gauge, Taper Step (1080552-00-A)

Procedure

  1. Remove the LH front door exterior release handle. See Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Replace).
  2. Exercise the handle mechanism, pulling the handle to the maximum position and releasing it, 5 times.
  3. If the handle binds or slows down during the exercise, replace the handle.
  4. Remove the shims from the handle, noting which shims are for which mounting hole.

Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust) 

  1. Enlarge the handle mounting holes (x3) to 10mm in diameter.

Note: You might need to enlarge the shims as well.

Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust)

  1. Remove the tempset feature tab from the handle.
  2. Return the shims to the handle.

Note: Use grease to temporarily hold the shims in place on the handle

Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust)

  1. Install the handle onto the door, and then install and hand-tighten the nuts that attach the handle to the door.
  2. Use the taper step gauge to check the gap and flush of the handle to the door surface.
  • Gap: 1mm +1.5/-0.0mm
  • Flush: 0.5mm +2.5/-0.5mm
  1. Insert shims between the handle and door inside surface at the handle mounting studs to adjust the gap and flush of the handle, if necessary.

Note: Do not stack any more than two shims per mounting stud.

  1. When the gap and flush are within specification, tighten the nuts that attach the handle to the door.  Torque 7 Nm

Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust)

  1. Install the plugs (x2) that cover access to the LH front door exterior release handle nuts.

Handle - Exterior Release - Door - Front - LH (Adjust)

  1. Connect the wiring harness to the LH front door exterior release handle connector.
  2. Install the LH front door closeout panel. See Closeout Panel - Door - Front - LH (Remove and Install).
  3. Install the front LH door glass. See Glass - Door - LH - Front (Remove and Replace).
  4. Install the LH front door trim panel. See Panel - Door Trim - Front - LH (Remove and Install).

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