Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Secure the Tires

The vehicle's tires must be secured onto the truck using the eight-point tie-down method.

  • Ensure any metal parts on the tie-down straps do not contact painted surfaces or the face of the wheels.
  • Do not place tie-down straps over body panels or through the wheels.

Caution: Attaching the tie-down straps to the chassis, suspension or other parts of the vehicle's body may cause damage.

Secure the Tires


If Vehicle Has No Power

If Model 3 has no 12V power, perform the following steps to open the hood or jump start the auxiliary 12V battery.

Jump Starting the 12V Battery

Caution: Model 3 cannot be used to jump start another vehicle. Doing so can result in damage.

Note: If jump starting Model 3 using another vehicle, refer to that vehicle manufacturer's instructions. The following instructions assume an external 12V power supply (such as a portable jump starter) is used.

Caution: Avoid short circuits when jump starting Model 3. Connecting cables to the wrong terminals, touching leads together, etc., can result in damage to Model 3.

  1. Open the hood
  2. Remove the maintenance panel by pulling it upwards to release the trim clips that hold it in place.

If Vehicle Has No Power


  1. Remove the cabin intake trim panel by pulling it upwards to release the trim clips that hold it in place.

If Vehicle Has No Power


  1. Connect the 12V power supply's red positive (+) cable to the red positive (+) terminal on the 12V battery.

Caution: To avoid damaging Model 3, do not allow the positive cable to contact other metal components, such as the battery tie-down bracket.

  1. Connect the 12V power supply's black negative (-) cable to the black negative (-) terminal on the 12V battery.

If Vehicle Has No Power


  1. Turn on the external power supply (refer to the manufacturer's instructions). Touch the touchscreen to wake it up.

Note: It may take several minutes to receive enough power to wake up the touchscreen.

  1. When external 12V power is no longer required, disconnect both cables from the terminals on the 12V battery, beginning with the black negative (-) cable.
  2. Replace the cabin intake trim panel by placing it back in its original location and pressing down until it is secure.
  3.  Replace the maintenance panel by placing it back in its original location and pressing down until it is secure.
  4.  Close the hood.

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