Question How to remove & replace the tow hitch cover?

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Mr_Wigs

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How do you remove and replace the tow hitch receiver cover on Model Y? I ordered the tow hitch option, but all I see is the cover. I've looked at some videos and it seems like people have been able to pry the cover off with a screw driver, but it there a better way? Or a better tool?
Also, how should you reinstall this cover after removal? I haven't seen a video that includes how to put the cover back on after you're done towing. Can you help me out? I don't want to break the cover or not be able to put it back on!
 

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I've looked at some videos and it seems like people have been able to pry the cover off with a screw driver, but it there a better way? Or a better tool?
Matthew Budraitis has some really nice Tesla videos.
Here he shows how to remove the cover using either plastic trim removal tools, or a tool that he created and sells ($15 + $5 S&H for two).

 

JaxY

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How do you remove and replace the tow hitch receiver cover on Model Y? I ordered the tow hitch option, but all I see is the cover. I've looked at some videos and it seems like people have been able to pry the cover off with a screw driver, but it there a better way? Or a better tool?
Also, how should you reinstall this cover after removal? I haven't seen a video that includes how to put the cover back on after you're done towing. Can you help me out? I don't want to break the cover or not be able to put it back on!

I really like this solution from LivingTesla. I also bought his tools ($15), but ended up taking delivery of a differently configured MY, without the tow hitch. Oh, well.