Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Remove Dirt Inclusion

  1. Apply isopropyl alcohol to the general area of the defect, and then wipe the area with a clean microfiber towel.

Remove Dirt Inclusion

  1. While wearing a nitrile glove, run hand over the area around the dirt inclusion and check for fine bumps in the paint.
  • If bumps are detected, perform clay treatment on the area before proceeding to the next step.
  • If no bumps are detected, proceed to the next step.

Remove Dirt Inclusion

  1. Apply detail spray to the affected area, and clean the affected area with a decontamination mitt using light and straight passes. Continue to the next step when the mitt no longer drags on the paint.
  2. Install a new sanding disc on the sander.
  3. Spray the sanding disc with water.
  4. Set the sander speed according to region, and while the sander is off, place the disc on top of the dirt inclusion.
  • NA: lowest speed

Remove Dirt Inclusion

  1. Keeping the disc stationary and flush with the body panel, activate the sander for 3 seconds, and then turn off the sander.
  • NA: setting 5
  1. Keeping the pad flush with the body panel, activate the buffer.
  2. Apply pressure until the buffer begins to stall, and then reduce pressure until the buffer rotates normally.
  3. At a rate of 1 inch per second, move the buffer side to side in a 6 inch area centered on the paint inclusion.


Keep the tool level and continuously moving.

  1. Turn the buffer off after 15 seconds or when the cutting compound begins to dissipate. Remove the buffer from the body panel only when the pad stops spinning.
  2. Remove the cutting compound from the body panel with a clean microfiber towel.
  3. Inspect the affected area.
  • If sanding marks are still present, perform steps 6 to 13.If sanding
  • If sanding marks are no longer present, and only hazing/swirling remain, continue to the next step.
  1. Turn on the buffer, and then clean the pad with a pad cleaning brush.
  2. With the buffer still running, use a microfiber towel to remove as much residual compound as possible from the pad, and then turn off the buffer.



    Remove the cutting pad from the buffer, and then install a polishing pad on the buffer. Apply 4 evenly spaced 20 mm diameter dollops of polishing compound on the polishing pad. Set the buffer speed


     Closure Assist Mechanisms and Hinges


     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

     Cover - Front - Seat Track - 1st Row Seat (Remove and Replace)

    Remove Move the seat fully rearward. Release the clips at the rear of the seat track front cover that attach the cover to the seat track, and then slide the cover forward off the track. Install Slide the seat track front cover rearward over the seat track, and then fasten the clips

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