Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Opening/ Closing


To open the front trunk:

  1. Ensure that the area around the hood is free of obstacles.
  2.  Touch the associated OPEN button on the touchscreen, double-click the front trunk button on the key fob accessory, or touch the front trunk button on the mobile app.
  3.  Pull the hood up.


When a door or trunk is open, the
touchscreen displays the Door Open indicator light. The image of your Model 3 on the touchscreen also displays the open front trunk.

Warning: Before opening or closing the hood, it is important to check that the area around the hood is free of obstacles (people and objects). Failure to do so may result in damage or serious injury.

Note: The front trunk locks whenever closed and you lock Model 3 using the touchscreen, mobile app, key card, you leave Model 3 carrying your authenticated phone (if Walk- Away Door Lock is turned on), or if Valet mode is active


The Model 3 hood is not heavy enough to latch under its own weight and applying pressure on the front edge or center of the hood can cause damage.

To properly close the hood:

  1. Lower the hood until the striker touches the latches.
  2. Place both hands on the front of the hood in the areas shown (in green), then press down firmly to engage the latches.
  3. Carefully try to lift the front edge of the hood to ensure that it is fully closed.


Caution: To prevent damage:

  • Apply pressure only to the green areas shown. Applying pressure to the red areas can cause damage.
  • Do not close the hood with one hand.

    Doing so applies concentrated force in one area and can result in a dent or crease.

  • Do not apply pressure to the front edge of the hood. Doing so can crease the edge.
  • Do not slam or drop the hood.

Warning: Before driving, you must ensure that the hood is securely latched in the fully closed position by carefully trying to lift the front edge of the hood upward and confirming there is no movement.

Interior Emergency Release

An illuminated interior release button inside the front trunk allows a person locked inside to get out.

Interior Emergency Release

Press the interior release button to open the front trunk, then push up on the hood.

Note: The interior release button glows following a brief exposure to ambient light.

Warning: People should never climb inside the front trunk. Never shut the front trunk when a person is inside.

Warning: Care should be taken to ensure that objects inside the front trunk do not bump against the release button, causing the trunk to accidentally open.


     Opening Hood with No Power

    In the unlikely event that Model 3 has no 12V power, you will be unable to open the front trunk using the touchscreen, key fob, or mobile app. To open the front trunk in this situation: Note: The

     Interior Storage and Electronics


    To open the glovebox, touch Controls > Glovebox on the bottom corner of the touchscreen. The glovebox automatically opens and its light turns on. To close the glovebox, push it upward until i


     Handle - Seat Back - 2nd Row - LH (Remove and Replace)

    Remove Remove the 2nd row lower seat cushion. See Seat Cushion - Lower - 2nd Row (Remove and Replace). Remove the rear underhood apron. See Underhood Apron - Rear (Remove and Replace). Disconnect 12V power. See 12V Power (Disconnect and Connect). Remove the LH 2nd row buckle. See Buckle

     Seal - Trunk (Remove and Replace)

    Remove Open the trunk. Lift up the rear trunk floor, and then remove it from the vehicle. Remove the trunk sill trim. See Trim - Sill - Trunk (Remove and Replace). Release the trunk seal from the trunk perimeter, and then remove the seal from the body. Install Install the trunk

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