Moditech Monday: Tesla Roadster Deactivation

So just in case you thought that Crash Recovery System by Moditech only helps you avoid hazards in vehicles like ultra high strength steels and airbag inflators take a look at the deactivation procedure for the 2009-2012 Tesla Roadster and the 2008-2009 Tesla Roadster.  One very important point, the Tesla Roadster has an inertia switch, that when activated, cuts off the high voltage circuit.  This deactivation procedure is for the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) ie, airbags.

2012 Tesla Roadster Emergency Disconnect Cable Extrication

During a collision an inertia switch is activated, which cuts off the high voltage circuit.

Immobilize vehicle:

  • Block wheels and set parking break.
  • Move the shift lever to P (park) position.

Deactivate propulsion system:

  • Turn ignition key to “OFF” position and remove it.
  • Disconnect the indicated cable connection (See the image below).
  • Caution! After deactivation the high voltage circuit requires 5 minutes to deplete.

The emergency disconnect cable should be used as part of the propulsion system deactivation. Is located in the vehicle as indicated. – Cut the indicated cable in the image below.  There is a difference between the location of the Emergency Disconnect Cable in the 2008-2009 Tesla Roadster and the 2009-2012 Tesla Roadster. Make sure you become familiar with both!

Below is the location of the Emergency Disconnect Cable on the 2009-2012 Tesla Roadster which is located in the front of the vehicle.

Tesla Roadster Emergency Disconnect Cable Extrication

Tesla Roadster Emergency Disconnect Cable Extrication

The Emergency Disconnect Cable on the 2009-2012 Tesla Roadster is located in front of the windshield on the driver side under the hood.

Below is the location of the Emergency Disconnect Cable on the 2008-2009 Tesla Roadster which is located in the rear of the vehicle.

2008-2009_Tesla-Roadster-HV_Battery_Extrication_SRS_Cable_Cut

2008-2009_Tesla-Roadster-HV_Battery_Extrication

The Emergency Disconnect Cable on the 2008-2009 Tesla Roadster is located in the rear of the vehicle behind the passenger in the trunk.

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