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Tesla Model S: Adjusting Exterior Mirrors

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Owner's Manual / Driving / Mirrors / Adjusting Exterior Mirrors

Adjust the exterior mirrors by touching Controls > Mirrors. Press the left scroll button on the steering yoke to choose whether you are adjusting the Left or Right mirror. Then use the left scroll button as follows to adjust the selected mirror to its desired position:

  • To move the mirror up or down, roll the left scroll button up or down.
  • To move the mirror inward or outward, press the left scroll button to the left or right.


NOTE: Both exterior mirrors have heaters that turn on and off with the rear window defroster.

Mirror Auto Tilt

Both exterior mirrors can automatically tilt downward when Model S is shifted into Reverse. When you shift back into another drive mode, the mirrors return to their normal upward position.

To turn this feature on or off, touch Controls > Mirrors > Mirror Auto Tilt. You can adjust the position of the mirrors only when you are in Reverse.

Mirror Auto Fold

Both exterior mirrors can automatically fold inward whenever you exit and lock Model S. When you unlock Model S, the exterior mirrors then automatically unfold.

To turn this feature on or off, touch Controls > Mirrors > Mirror Auto Fold.

Mirrors remain folded until your driving speed reaches 31 mph (50 km/h), or until you touch Controls > Unfold Mirrors. You can also fold/unfold mirrors manually, or fold mirrors automatically at specific locations. See Folding Mirrors at Specific Locations.

NOTE: If you expect ice to accumulate when Model S is parked, turn off Mirror Auto Fold. Accumulation of ice can prevent exterior side mirrors from folding or unfolding. See Cold Weather Best Practices for information on how to ensure your mirrors function properly in cold weather.

Mirror Auto Dim

When certain environmental conditions are met, the rear view mirror and exterior side mirrors dim automatically (for example, in low light conditions or to reduce glare when driving at night). To enable or disable this feature, touch Controls > Mirrors > Mirror Auto Dim.


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