Towing mode on Tesla

Difficulty: Easy

This guide explains how to activate towing mode in a Tesla. For instance, you'll need this if you need to load a disabled Tesla on a flatbed or if your Tesla is disabled and you need to push it or move it in your garage.  

You can also use the tow mode on a car wash. 

How to put a dead Tesla in neutral or tow mode 

  1. Block the tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
  2. Bring up the main menu
  3. Select "Service"
  4. Click on "Towing"
  5. Hold the brake and select "Transport Mode".  Keep in mind this deactivates the parking brake.
  6. You're done!

On Tesla Model S you will need to press the brake pedal, then on the touchscreen, touch Controls > E-Brake & Power Off > Tow Mode.

When Tow Mode is active, your vehicle's instrument panel displays this indicator light, along with a message telling you that the vehicle can roll freely.

When Tow mode is active, the vehicle will roll on an incline.

Tow mode cancels when Tesla is shifted into Park.

According to Tesla, it is not recommended to tow a vehicle with wheels on the ground. For more specific information, see your owner's manual.  


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Towing mode on Tesla You can also use the tow mode on a car wash.