Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Environmental Precautions


This section provides general information which can help to reduce the environmental impacts from the activities carried out in Service Centers.

Emissions to Air

Many of the activities that are carried out in Service Centers emit gases and fumes which contribute to global warming, depletion of the ozone layer and/or the formation of photochemical smog at ground level. These gases and fumes can be minimized by following the guidelines in this section, which reduces the impact on the environment.


Some of the cleaning agents used are solvent based and will evaporate into the atmosphere if used carelessly, or if cans are left unsealed. All solvent containers should be firmly closed when not needed and solvent should be used sparingly. Suitable alternative materials may be available to replace some of the commonly used solvents. Similarly, many paints are solvent based and the spray should be minimized to reduce solvent emissions.


Discharge and replacement of these materials from air conditioning units should only be carried out using the correct equipment and in accordance with local laws.


  • Keep lids on containers of solvents
  • Only use the minimum quantity
  • Consider alternative materials
  • Minimize over-spray when painting
  • Use the correct equipment for collecting refrigerants
  • Don't burn garbage or material on site

Discharges to Water

Oil, petrol/gasoline, solvent, acids, hydraulic oil, antifreeze, and other such substances should never be poured down a drain and every precaution must be taken to prevent spillage reaching drains.

Handling of such materials must take place well away from drains, and preferably in an area with a curb or wall around it to prevent discharge into a drain. If a spillage occurs, it should be soaked up immediately. Having a spill kit readily available will make this easier.


Always adhere to the following disposal and spillage prevention instructions:

  • Never pour anything down a drain without first checking that it is environmentally safe to do so, and that it does not violate any local regulations
  • Store liquids in a walled area
  • Make sure that taps on liquid containers are secure and cannot be accidentally turned on
  • Protect bulk storage tanks from vandalism by locking the valves
  • Transfer liquids from one container to another in an area away from open drains
  • Make sure lids are replaced securely on containers
  • Have spill kits available near to points of storage and handling of liquids

Spill Kits

Special materials are available to absorb a number of different substances. They can be in granular form, ready to use, and bought in convenient containers for storage. Disposal of used spill-absorbing material is dealt with in 'Waste Management' section.

Land Contamination

Oils, fuels, and solvents, etc. can contaminate any soil that they are allowed to contact. Such materials should never be disposed of by pouring onto soil and every precaution must be taken to prevent spillage reaching soil. Waste materials stored on open ground could also leak, or have polluting substances washed off them that would contaminate the land. Always store these materials in suitable robust containers.


Always adhere to the following:

  • Do not pour or spill anything onto the soil or bare ground
  • Do not store waste materials on bare ground.

Waste Management

One of the major ways that pollution can be reduced is by the careful handling, storage, and disposal of all waste materials that occur on sites. This means that it is necessary to not only know what the waste materials are, but also to have the necessary documentation and to know local regulations that apply.

Handling and Storage of Waste

Waste should be stored in such a way as to prevent the escape of the material to land, water, or air.

They must also be segregated into different types of waste e.g. oil, metals, batteries, and used vehicle components. This will prevent any reaction between different materials and assist in disposal.

Disposal of Waste

Disposal of waste materials must only be to waste carriers who are authorized to carry those particular waste materials and have all the necessary documentation. The waste carrier is responsible for making sure that the waste is taken to the correct disposal sites.


     General Fitting Instructions

    Component Removal Whenever possible, clean components and surrounding area before removal. Cap off openings exposed by component removal. Immediately seal fuel, oil, or hydraulic lines when ape

     Locking Devices

    General Always replace locking devices with ones of the same design. Caution: Do not use impact tools on fasteners that are threaded into aluminum components. Locking Tabs and Washers Always inspect

     Airbag and Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) Precautions


     Sensor - Ambient Air Temperature (Remove and Replace)

    Remove Remove the front fascia. See Fascia - Front (Remove and Install). Disconnect the electrical harness from the ambient air temperature sensor connector. Release the clip that attaches the ambient air temperature sensor to the lower grille, and then remove the sensor from the lo

     Lumbar Support - Backrest - Driver Seat (Remove and Replace)

    Remove Remove the driver seat back shell. See Shell - Seat Back - Driver (Remove and Replace).  Release the clips that attach the outboard side of the seat back cover to the seat back frame, and then expose the air bag connector. Disconnect the electrical harness from the dr

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