In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to change the rear shock (sometimes referred to as strut) on a Tesla Model 3.
How to Replace or Upgrade Rear Coil Springs on Tesla Model 3
In this guide, we go over the steps on how to replace or upgrade the rear springs on a Tesla Model 3.
This guide will help you also if you are looking to lower your Tesla. Make sure to check our other guide on how to replace front struts on Tesla Model 3.
Replacing the rear springs on a Tesla Model is very easy and each spring takes about 30 minutes to replace.
What you need
- Park Tesla on level ground.
- Loosen the lug nuts for the rear wheels while the vehicle is still on the ground. Do not fully remove the lug nuts.
- Jack up the vehicle and secure it with jack stands.
- Remove the rear wheel.
- Remove the 10mm under the plastic cover under the lower control arm.
- Remove the plastic cover from under the control arm.
- Remove the bolt that connects the rear shock absorber to the lower control arm.
- Place a floor jack below the lower control arm and support it slightly.
- Remove the bolt that connects the lower control arm to the rear wheel knuckle.
- Slowly lower the floor jack that is under the control arm.
- Remove the spring from under the vehicle.
- Install the new spring in reverse order. Make sure to reinstall the rubber pad between the spring and frame.
- Lift up the control arm using a spare floor jack.
- Install the bolts for the rear shock and wheel knuckle.
- Install the wheel and slowly lower the vehicle.
- Torque the lug nuts to 130 lbf-ft.
- Wheel lug nuts: 130 lbs-ft
- Shock absorber lower bolt: 60 lbs-ft
- Control arm bolt to knuckle: 100 lbs-ft
Estimated torque values. For exact torque values contact Tesla.