Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Lights

Control interior and exterior lights. See Lights.

NOTE: You can also control the exterior headlights by touching the high beam headlights button on the left side of the steering yoke and then choosing an option using the touchscreen. See High Beam Headlights.


  •  Appearance: Customize the display to be Dark or Light. When set to Auto, the brightness changes automatically based on ambient lighting conditions.
  •  Brightness: Drag the slider to manually control the brightness level. If Display Mode is set to Auto, the touchscreen further adjusts based on both the ambient lighting conditions and your brightness preference. Model S remembers your chosen brightness preference and adjusts the touchscreen accordingly.
  •  Screen Clean Mode: When enabled, your touchscreen darkens and temporarily disables to facilitate cleaning. Follow the onscreen instructions to exit Screen Clean Mode.
  •  Touchscreen Language: Select the language that the touchscreen displays.

NOTE: Model S must be in Park to change the language. When you change the language, you experience a brief delay as Model S shuts down and restarts the touchscreen.

  • Voice Recognition Language: Choose the language to be used for voice commands.
  • Voice Navigation Language: Choose the language that the navigation system uses for spoken instructions.

NOTE: For languages that require a download, select the language in the dropdown list to initiate the download (Wi-Fi connection required).

  • Lock Rear Display: Lock access to the rear touchscreen.
  • Time: Choose to display time in either 12 or 24 hour format.
  • Energy Display: Choose to display remaining energy and charging units as either a percentage of battery energy remaining, or as an estimate of the distance you can drive.

NOTE: When anticipating when you need to charge, use energy estimate as a general guideline only. Many factors have an impact on energy consumption. See Factors Affecting Energy Consumption.

  • Distance: Choose to display range using miles or kilometers.
  • Temperature: Choose to display temperature using Fahrenheit or Celsius.
  • Tire Pressure: Choose to display tire pressures using BAR or PSI.


View the odometer and view and reset up to two trip meters that summarize how far you have driven (see Trip Information).



    Customize how the navigation system works: Navigation Volume: Increase or decrease the volume of spoken navigation instructions by touching - or +, respectively. Fully decreasing the volume mute


    Allow Mobile Access: Allow your Tesla mobile app to access your Model S (see Mobile App). NOTE: To disable Allow Mobile Access, you must enter your Tesla account credentials. Parking Brake: Manually


    Owner's Manual: View the onscreen Owner's Manual. A new version of the onscreen owner's manual is typically provided with every software update and therefore contains more recent information that t


     Diffuser Trim - Rear (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove rear diffuser (refer to procedure) Remove plastic rivets (x2) and screw (x1) securing diffuser trim to applique (torque 3 Nm). Remove rear diffuser trim. Installation Ins

     Motor - Active Louver - Front Fascia (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove front fascia active louver vent (refer to procedure) Remove screws (x3) securing louver drive motor to vent assembly (torque 1 Nm). Remove louver drive motor. Note: Clean the affected

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