In this guide, we will show you how to activate towing mode in a Tesla. This is necessary if you need to load a disabled Tesla on a flatbed for example. Or if your Tesla is disabled and you need to push it or move in the garage. You can also use the tow mode on a car wash.
How to put a dead Tesla in neutral or tow mode
- Block the tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
- Bring up the main menu
- Select "Service"
- Click on "Towing"
- Hold the brake and select "Transport Mode". Keep in mind this deactivates the parking brake.
- 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.