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Tesla Model 3 2017-2022 Owner's Manual: Body Repairs

If your Model 3 is in a collision, contact Tesla or a Tesla-approved Body Shop to ensure that it is repaired with genuine Tesla parts. Tesla has selected and approved body shops that meet strict requirements for training, equipment, quality, and customer satisfaction.

Some repair shops and insurance companies might suggest using non-original equipment or salvaged parts to save money. However, these parts do not meet Tesla's high standards for quality, fit and corrosion resistance. In addition, non-original equipment and salvaged parts (and any damage or failures they might cause) are not covered by the warranty.

Using RFID Transponders

When attaching an RFID transponder (used by many automated toll systems) inside Model 3, place the transponder on the right side of the rear view mirror as shown. This ensures best results and minimizes any obstruction to your driving view.

Note: You can also attach a weather-proof transponder to the front license plate.

Using RFID Transponders

Installing Front License Plate Bracket

To accommodate jurisdictions that require a license plate on the front of your vehicle, Model 3 is equipped with a license plate bracket. This bracket conforms to the shape of your vehicle's front bumper and is adhered to it using strong adhesive.

Note: Tesla recommends performing this procedure on a clean, dry vehicle during a warm day. Cold and/or wet conditions may result in reduced performance of the adhesive.

To install the front license plate bracket:

  1. Get isopropyl alcohol and test it on a nonvisible painted surface of your vehicle to confirm that it does not damage or remove the paint.
  2. Clean the mounting site with isopropyl alcohol and allow to dry for at least one minute.
  3. Fully remove the protective tape from the adhesive at the top of the bracket and partially remove the tape from the top of the adhesive on each side. Leave the bottom half of the tape on the sides in place and fold the unattached tape outward for easy removal after aligning the bracket to the bumper.

Installing Front License Plate Bracket

  1. While tilting the top of the license plate bracket away from the bumper (to prevent adhering it to the wrong location), align the bottom center of the license plate bracket with the middle of the grille as shown.

Installing Front License Plate Bracket

Note: Be as precise as possible when aligning the bracket because you will be unable to reposition it once adhered to the bumper.

  1. While correctly aligned, move the top of the bracket against the bumper and apply pressure so that it is held in place by the adhesive.

Installing Front License Plate Bracket

  1. Remove the remaining tape from the sides of the bracket then press the entire bracket firmly against the bumper, ensuring the bracket is held in place by all adhesive areas.
  2. Once the bracket is securely mounted, use the four supplied screws to attach your license plate to the bracket (tighten to 3 Nm/2.2 ft-lbs).

Installing Front License Plate Bracket

Parts, Accessories, and Modifications
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Ignition Switch Inspection [Without Advanced Keyless Entry And Push Button Start System]
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.. 2. Remove the column cover.. 3. Remove the ignition switch.. 4. Verify that the continuity between the ignition switch terminals is as indicated in the table. If not as indicated in the table, replace the ignition switch. ...

Using Voice Commands
Voice commands are designed to understand natural requests. You can use voice commands to: Call a contact. Navigate to a location. Listen to Internet music. Control various aspects of Model 3. To initiate a voice command, tap the microphone button on the touchscreen. When you hear ...

Before Driving
The following best practices can help ensure that you have the best ownership experience possible in harsh cold weather conditions. Before Driving Warm the cabin and Battery ahead of departure for maximum range and performance. There are several ways to precondition your vehicle: Mobile a ...

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