Towing mode on Tesla

How can I activate towing mode on my Tesla? 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 to 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 the Tow mode is active, the vehicle will roll on an incline. Tow mode cancels when Tesla is shifted into Park. According to Tesla, towing a vehicle with wheels on the ground is not recommended. For more specific information, see your owner’s manual.

We hope you find the Towing mode on Tesla guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Tesla.


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    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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