Tesla Model 3 Headlight Replacement (Detailed Method)

In actuality, if you want to replace your Tesla Model 3 Headlights it will cost you money. In case you need to install headlamps but are running out of money you can do it by doing it yourself. 

To be honest, replacing the headlights on your Tesla Model 3 is simple if you can follow the stages accurately with the mandatory tools.

Keep reading to learn how to replace the headlights on your Tesla Model 3, how much it would cost in total if done by a professional, and other pertinent information which I will explain to you in this article.

Let’s Get Started…!!!

Points to remember before changing your Tesla Model 3 Headlights

1. Before replacing the Headlights you must have to determine the kind of faulty bulb on your Tesla Model 3. For instance, if you need to replace your Tesla Model 3’s reversing light, we advise you to purchase a P21W filament-type bulb.

2. After replacing the bulb, if you want to ensure the same level of performance and longevity, it makes more sense to replace the pair (for example, low beam on the right and low beam on the left).

3. To replace the Headlights first, you must unplug your battery to securely do the operation. You will be working with electrical items; therefore it is best to turn off the electricity just like the same when you are going to change a light bulb at your home.

4. To avoid getting burned when changing the bulb in your Tesla Model 3, avoid touching the glass component directly with your bare hands. Put on insulating gloves to avoid taking any chances.

5. We suggest you to have an extra set of headlights in your Tesla car since, logically, by the conclusion of this article you will be able to replace a broken headlight on your Tesla Model.

How to replace your Tesla Model 3 headlights?

Replacing the headlights in your Tesla Model 3 requires you to remove the front trunk to access the headlight assembly. After that you have to install the new headlights in place of the previous ones.

To learn the detail method, continue reading the following part… 

Essential Tools Required

If you have access to the prior OEM headlights, the process is rather straightforward. But first, you have to assemble all necessary tools mentioned below:

  1. Pair of gloves
  2. OEM headlamps
  3. A screwdriver with a flat head.
  4. Philips screwdriver.
  5.  Plastic pry bar.
  6. Extensions are required for sockets.
  7. Ratchet, 1/4″ or 3/8″.
  8. A 10mm socket.
  9.  Clean cuts.
  10. Plastic tray or zipper-closed pouches.
  11. Spotless cloth.
  12. Window cleaner.
  13. Tape for masking.
  14. Ethernet cable, APE.

STEP-1: Remove the Plastic Panel / Frunk

  • First, you should turn off your Tesla vehicle by going to Controls > Safety > Power Off.
  • Use precatory measures like putting gloves on and covering your hands.
  • Open the hood by using your app or key fob.
  • Use your hands to remove the top cowl.
  • Remove the plug after releasing the trunk clasp.
  • On the top of the storage cover, press the two plastic tabs that conceal the 10 mm bolts underneath.
  • You have to take hold of the 10 mm socket to remove the bolts.
  • In front next to the portion of the trunk lock there are 2 additional bolts. You have to remove the top part’s air intake chamber. 
  • Locate a bolt that is 10 mm in diameter with the help of a 10 mm cleft and then reveal the main cylinder.
  • From the trunk storage, you have to remove the mat so that you can easily see the two bolts. Again use the socket to unscrew them.
  • By using a plastic pry bar you can open the front cover. Remove it to see the inside compartments.

STEP-2: Disassemble the Bumper

  • The top of your Tesla bumper consists of 10 mm bolts which can be removed with the help of a socket.
  • Know the best thing is to tag the bolts that you store by using different means like stickers or adding numbers to them.
  • Employing the pry bar you have to lift the tabs that are present on the three clips on the fender liner side.
  • With the help of your hands, you have to remove the fender lining.
  • After that, again you have to remove the 10 mm bolts that are present in the fender region of the bumper by taking support from a ratchet.
  • With the help of the above used tool know you have to remove the lone 10 mm nut from the back corner of the bumper.
  • You can use the same procedure in your Tesla Model 3 vehicle.
  • You have to separate the clips present on the lower front of your bumper with the help of a screwdriver.
  • At the fender edge, you can use masking tape to avoid scratches on your bumper.
  • The same steps should be repeated on the other side of your Tesla Model 3.
  • Know you can easily remove the bumper and place it in a safe area. To complete this step you can also take help from your friend so that you might not face any trouble.
  • At the end of this step, you have to remove the fog light harness plug by using a screwdriver.

STEP-3: Detach the Headlights

  • The most important step is to detach the headlights. To do so first, you have to remove the bolts by using a 10 mm socket. You should grasp the headlight with your leg to prevent any mishap.
  • Know you can easily remove the OEM left headlight assembly.
  • After that, by using a screwdriver you can unplug the harness plug.
  • You have to follow the same procedure to remove the headlight assembly from the other side.
  • Place them in another area carefully.

STEP-4: Install the New Headlights

  • You have to install the new headlights and to ensure good fitment you must have to place them properly. First, you have to place the headlight assembly on the right side.
  • Then, after inserting you can tighten the 10 mm bolts by using the socket.
  • Repeat the above steps to install the left headlight assembly.

STEP-5: Substitute Ludicrous Harness

  • Besides your headlights, you can also install the ludicrous harness if you think it is necessary. To adjust it you can take help by zip ties.
  • You have to place each side of the ridiculous harness on both sides of the headlight assembly.  Fit it tightly.
  • After placing the ludicrous harness you can install the headlight assembly.

STEP-6: Reinstall the Remaining Components

  • To reinstall all the other components (bumper, fender, front cover, trunk storage, mat, latch, top cowl) back you just have to follow the above steps in reverse direction.
  • You should install every bolt carefully to avoid problems. Clean the headlights by using a glass cleaner or any other soft piece of cloth.

What is the replacement cost of your Tesla Model 3 Headlights?

The cost of your Tesla headlights entirely depends upon the model you are using. For instance, if you are using the most advanced Tesla vehicle model it will surely cost you more money than the old models. 

The reason behind this is that the new models have more advanced technologies and the material that the Company uses is of high quality which will cost you a little bit more. 

If you call someone other than your friend to help you to replace the headlights you may have to pay some extra charges to that person. Check the below points to estimate your total cost while replacing your Tesla Model 3 headlights:

  • An ordinary shopkeeper will demand a low amount to replace your Tesla Model 3 headlights. The cost may be between $900 and $1,500 including Tax and labor.
  • If you go to the Tesla Customer Service Centre, you may require the amount of at least $900 to $1,200 for a single headlight excluding labor and Tax. While the Labor cost will be approximately $100 and $150. In short, if you want to go to Tesla Center directly replacing your Model 3 headlights may require $1,050 and $1,400 amount.
  • While using the DIY approach you have to pay the amount for the parts only. It means that one headlight will cost you about $900 to $1,200.

How to upgrade your Tesla Model 3 Headlights?

If you want to upgrade your Tesla Model 3 headlights you can follow the below-stated simple steps to carry out the task:

  • First, you have to ascend the headlight at a straight level. You may face trouble while dealing with the harness as it is connected to both sides of the headlights.
  • Know by using a flash check the headlights carefully. But before starting the procedure you have to make sure that the software that your Tesla Model 3 is using is of the latest version.
  • In the internal part of your Tesla vehicle, you have to place 2 switches by using a drilling hole.
  • By following the above procedure you can easily upgrade your Tesla Model 3 headlights but you have to keep in mind that your warranty will be void by doing so. You cannot avail any repair services from Tesla Center either in the future.

Recommendations for the future

If you want to replace your headlight in Tesla Model 3 you may just need 30 to 40 minutes in real life. You can also get help from your friends or colleagues

If you are not able to replace the headlights by following the above-mentioned procedure just ask for help.

You have to avoid upgrading your Tesla Model 3 headlights. It will void your warranty. Before starting the procedure you have to protect yourself first by cutting all the electric connections. 

You have to use the insulating material. Do not feel complex to take assistance from any person in case of emergency. Carefully read your Tesla Model 3 owner’s manual.

Final Thoughts

In this article, until now, we have discussed the procedure step-wise in detail that you must follow to replace your Tesla Model 3 Headlights. The steps may include: 

  1. Get rid of the plastic panel.
  2. Take the bumper off.
  3. Remove outdated headlamps.
  4. Replace the headlights.
  5. Put in a ridiculous harness.
  6. Place every component back where it belongs.
  7. Contact the Tesla customer service center for further assistance.

We have discussed these stages and addressed your inquiries. We hope that you derive satisfaction after reading the article.

The floor is open for you to share any further information. We’d be thrilled to receive your feedback.

Can I adjust my Tesla Model 3 Headlights?

Yes, you can adjust your Tesla Model 3 headlights by following the below-stated steps:

1)     Touch Controls > Service > Adjust Headlights

2)     Select the angle of your choice.

3)     Change the headlights.

Can I change my Tesla Model 3 Headlights color?

Yes, you can change your Tesla Model 3 headlight color to white, blue, red, or green.

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