Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

VIN Locations

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is visible in the following locations:

  • The bottom corner of the driver side of the windshield
  • The label on the driver door jamb
  • On the touchscreen after touching the Tesla "T"
  • The RH upper b-pillar; can be seen when the upper B-pillar trim is removed (only applicable to vehicles in certain regions such as China and Europe)

Note: When corresponding with Tesla, always include the VIN (and the drive unit serial number, if necessary).

VIN Decoding

Use this system to decode a Tesla VIN:

Digit Description Encoded Value Decoded Value
1-3 World Manufacturing Identifier (WMI) 5YJ Tesla
4 Line/series 3 Model 3
5 Body type E Sedan 4 DR / LHD
6 Restraint systems 1 Type 2 Manual seat belts (FR, SR*3) with front Airbags, PODS, side Inflatable restraints, Knee Airbags (FR)
7 Fuel type E Electric
8 Motor/drive unit A Single motor (standard)
9 Check digit * The 9th digit is a check digit. A check digit is the result of a mathematical formula based on all other digits in the VIN. It is designed to lower the likelihood of errors and fraud. All vehicles produced in North America are required to have a check digit as the 9th digit of the VIN. Possible values are alphanumeric.
10 Model year 9 2017
11 Plant of manufacture F Fremont, CA, USA
12 - 17 Sequence number   Tesla uses sequential numbers in digits 12-17 to directly to represent the production sequence of the vehicle, starting with 000001. The Production Sequence numbering does not start at 000001 with each new model year.

This numbering system allows for up to 999999 cars of a given model. Should this number be exceeded, the Production Sequence numbering shall start again at 000001. Note: digit 10, production year, will be different for vehicles with the same sequence number.


     Serial Numbers

    Tesla labels or engraves serial numbers on its parts. Tesla serial numbers are 14 digits and alphanumeric. Tesla serial numbers are encoded. Use this system to decode a Tesla serial number: Digits 1

     Fluids and Capacities

    Fluids Component / System Description Air Conditioning Depending on its intended sales region, the air conditioning system is filled with R134a or R1234yf refrigera

     Inspection and Service

    Maintenance Service Maintenance Service and Intervals Note: Use this information to determine the maintenance procedures and intervals that Tesla recommends. Brake Fluid Check Check the condition of


     Seal - Body - Side - Rear - Primary - LH (Remove and Replace)

    Remove Remove the LH B-pillar applique. See Applique - B-Pillar - LH (Remove and Replace). Release the clips (x3) that attach the rear LH primary body seal to the mid B-pillar, the upper B-pillar, and the mid C-pillar. Pull on the seal to remove it from the body. Install Loosely

     HV Header - Inverter - Rear Drive Unit - Install

    Install   Install a new retainer into the header, and then fasten the clips (x6) that attach the retainer to the header.

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