Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Windshield (Remove and Replace) - Remove

Windshield (Remove and Replace)


  1. Remove the cowl screen panel. See Panel - Cowl Screen (Remove and Replace).

Windshield (Remove and Replace)- Remove

  1. Disconnect the electrical harness from the windshield heater connector.
  2. Partially close the hood.


Use care not to damage the dashboard.

  1. Place a fender cover across the dashboard to protect the dashboard.
  2. Remove the headliner. See Headliner (Remove and Install).
  3. Remove the forward facing camera. See Camera - Forward Facing (Remove and Replace).
  4. Remove the GPS antenna. See Antenna - GPS (Remove and Replace).
  5. Remove the relative humidity and temperature sensor. See Sensor - Relative Humidity and Temperature (Remove and Replace).
  6. Remove the screw that attaches the windshield electrical harness to the windshield bracket.
  7. Remove both the LH and RH lower A-pillar trim. See Trim - A-Pillar - Lower - LH (Remove and Replace).

Windshield (Remove and Replace)- Remove

  1. Release the clips that attach the windshield electrical harness to the RH A-pillar area.

Windshield (Remove and Replace)- Remove

  1. Disconnect the 3 windshield electrical harness connectors from the RH vehicle harness, and pull windshield electrical harness up through the opening on the RH side of the instrument panel.
  2. Tape the windshield electrical harness to the inside of the windshield assembly.
  3. Release the clips that attach the windshield electrical harness to the fastener track, and then remove the electrical harness and fastener track from the windshield.
  4. Apply masking tape to the exterior of the LH and RH A-pillars to protect the paint from damage.
  5. Cut a suitable length of square wire to use with T-handles.
  6. Secure the wire to the starter tool and push the tool through the urethane at the RH lower side of the windshield assembly.
  7. Remove the wire from the starter tool and remove the tool from the urethane.
  8. Secure each end of the wire with a T-handle.
  9. With an assistant, use the T-handles to cut the urethane that attaches the windshield assembly to the body.


Use care when cutting the urethane at the upper corners and around the VIN plate.

  1. Attach suction cups to the LH and RH sides of the windshield assembly.

Windshield (Remove and Replace)- Remove

  1. With an assistant, remove the windshield assembly from the vehicle.
  2. Remove the suction cups from the windshield assembly.
  3. Use a razor blade to remove the old urethane from the windshield flange on the vehicle.


     Windshield (Remove and Replace)- Install

    Install Note: Use soft materials to protect the windshield and to prevent scratching. Place the new windshield on a support stand with the windshield bracket facing up. Install the GPS antenn


     Paint Defect Rectification

    Note: This procedure was designed to be performed on flat or near-flat metal body panels with original factory paintwork. Any deviation from these circumstances can alter cutting times, tool speeds,


     Headlights - Adjust - NA (Wall Method)

    Adjust Headlights Using a Wall Position the vehicle for adjusting the headlights. The vehicle should be: Located in a darkened area. Parked on a level surface. Perpendicular to a wall that has a white matte surface. The wall must be at least 1.8 m (6 ft) high and 3.7 m (12 ft) wide. Clos

     HV Battery (Dual Motor) - Install

    Install Use the gantry and H-frame hoist to lift the HV battery out of the shipping container. If the replacement HV battery has an HV battery center rail ski, go to step 8. With an assistant, install the center rail ski to the HV battery. Install

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