Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: How to Use this Manual



Only qualified technicians should attempt to perform the procedures contained within this manual.

This manual is organized by vehicle subsystem. Click on a subsystem in the left hand menu see categories of repairs in that subsystem.

Actions within the service procedures also include references to any special tools, relevant data, torque figures, special information, and useful assembly details.

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Warnings, Cautions, and Notes have the meanings and formats listed below:


Procedures which must be followed precisely to avoid the possibility of injury or death.


Calls attention to procedures which must be followed to avoid damage to components.


Gives helpful information.


References to the left-hand (LH) or right-hand (RH) side given in this Manual are made when viewing the vehicle from the rear.

Service procedures in this manual assume the vehicle is left-hand drive (LHD). Unless otherwise noted, the procedures are the same for right-hand drive (RHD) vehicles. Procedures with minor differences for RHD contain notes indicating the specific differences. Procedures with major differences for RHD have "(RHD)" in the title. Procedures with "(RHD)" in the title are not valid for LHD vehicles.

Most operations covered in this Manual do not include references to testing the vehicle after repair. It is essential that work is inspected and tested after completion, including a road test, if applicable. This is of particular importance where safety related items are concerned.

Procedure Actions

Procedures in this Manual generally end with "Remove and Replace," "Remove and Install," or "Retrofit." The meanings of these procedure actions are:

  • Remove and Replace: Describes how to remove a part and replace it with a new part. These procedures sometimes contain steps that are not necessary if reinstalling the same part, such as transferring components from the original part to the new part.
  • Remove and Install: Describes how to remove and reinstall the same part. These procedures are generally used when removing a part for access to another part in the vehicle.
  • Retrofit: Describes how to install a new part on a vehicle that was not previously equipped with that part.


"Remove and Replace" is the default procedure action in this Manual. Unless a procedure has an equivalent "Remove and Install" procedure, the "Remove and Replace" steps should be used when reinstalling the same part.

Correction Codes and FRTs

Each service procedure has a unique correction code after the procedure title. These correction codes are used for tracking purposes as well as finding a specific procedure using the manual's search field.

All correction codes also have an associated FRT that tracks how long it takes to perform that entire procedure. FRTs represent the amount of hands-on time (i.e. administrative, diagnostic, etc. is not included) it takes to perform a procedure, and are calculated by trained professionals performing the procedure in a controlled environment numerous times, taking into account SAFETY, QUALITY, and REPEATABILITY. The FRTs are listed in hours and are displayed with decimal points. For example, an FRT of 1.1 takes 1 hour and 6 minutes to perform. FRTs for a given correction code are all inclusive, meaning the FRT for a correction code include and assume all work required to perform that procedure. Therefore, any referenced procedures and/or their correction codes in a procedure - unless specifically mentioned otherwise - are included in the parent correction code's FRT. In other words, users of this manual should not add the FRT of referenced/child correction codes and add them on top of the parent procedure's FRT.


The dimensions quoted are to design engineering specification. Service limits are included, where applicable.


Tesla constantly strives to improve the specification, design and production of their vehicles and alterations take place accordingly. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this Manual, it should not be regarded as an infallible guide to current specifications of any particular vehicle.


     Repairs and Replacements

    Only use Tesla recommended parts. Warning: Non-Tesla recommended parts might adversely affect safety features and corrosion prevention treatments. Warning: Always use the correct torque values as gi

     Abbreviations and Symbols

    Abbreviation Term A/C Air Conditioning ABS Anti-Lock Brake System AC Alternating Current ACC Acc

     Best Practices


     Glass - Door - LH - Rear (Adjust)

    DRAFT Warning: This procedure was derived from pre-production computer models, and might not reflect the real-world situation. Warnings and cautions might be missing. Follow safety requirements and use extreme caution when working on or near high voltage systems and components. Do not redistr

     Charging Locations

    Supercharger locations always display on the map, represented by red pins that you can touch to display more information, navigate to it, or mark it as a favorite. The pin itself reveals information about the Supercharger location: The Supercharger location is operational. At locations with m

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