How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S (2012-2016 Gen 1)

By | March 8, 2022

How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S 2012-2016 Gen 1
If you have a Tesla Model S with a bad headlight bulb, they can be changed out by a DIY type of person.

Replacing the headlight bulb on Tesla is no different than many new modern cars.

The access is from the wheel well, which may not be for everyone but is a straightforward task.
How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Overview
The tire will need to be removed to get to the bulb, which is the hardest part.

Some Tesla Model S owners turn the wheel all the way to the left and can get the bulb out, but it is a tight fit.

Tesla Model S Headlight Bulb Type
How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Bulb Type
The Tesla Model S uses a D3S headlight bulb with a stock power rating of 35 watts.

Example Tesla Model S Headlight Bulb D3S on Amazon
Philips 42302C1 D3S Standard Xenon HID Headlight Bulb, 1 Pack

Tools Needed

  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • 10mm

How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S (2012-2016 Gen 1)

  1. Remove the wheel and set the vehicle on jacks.
  2. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 1

  3. Remove the inserts that hold the plastic inside the wheel well.
  4. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 2

  5. Pull the plastic inside the wheel well back slow and look for an attached temperature sensor and UN-clip it.
  6. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 3

  7. Remove the plastic inside the wheel well and set it to the side.
  8. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 4

  9. Remove the felt layer.
  10. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 5

  11. The bulb is located behind the round rubber piece.
  12. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 6

  13. Pull the rubber out to get to the bulb.
  14. Reach behind the bulb and turn the ring counterclockwise, and the bulb will pull out.
  15. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 8

  16. Remove the wire attached to the bulb.
  17. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 9

  18. Transfer the plastic ring to the new bulb.
  19. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 10

  20. Reattach the wire and go in reverse order to install the new bulb.
  21. How To Replace Headlight Bulb Tesla Model S Step 11

Summary
Replacing the headlight bulb on a Tesla Model S is not difficult but if in doubt, be sure to take your vehicle to a professional.

The tire will usually need to be removed to get to the bulb.

Some owners say they can get to the bulb without removing the tire and turning the wheel all the way to the inside.

Most owners will likely need to remove the tire as it is a tight space to remove with the tire on.

Once the tire is removed, a plastic cover will be in the way that will need the inserts removed.

The bulb is then located behind a rubber cover which will pull out.

Turn the bulb ring counterclockwise wise to the left to remove it.

Have you replaced the bulb on a Tesla Model S? Let us know your thoughts below.

 




 

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