How to Tow a Tesla Model S – Electric cars are clearly different from ICE cars. Even ICE cars with automatic transmissions both conventional and or CVT also have different treatment from manuals when we tow the car. So obviously it will be different to do the towing for the Tesla Model S electric car.
How to Tow a Tesla Model S
We will discuss how to properly tow a Tesla Model S. Because this is important, please read it carefully so that your Tesla Model S doesn’t get more damaged just because it doesn’t do the towing properly.
Use a Flatbed Only
Use a flatbed trailer only, unless otherwise specified by Tesla. Do not transport Model S with the tires directly on the ground.
- Damage caused by transport is not covered by the warranty.
- To transport Model S, follow the instructions exactly as described next.
Disable Self-Leveling (air suspension vehicles only)
If Model S is equipped with Smart Air Suspension, it automatically self-levels, even when power is off. To prevent damage, you must activate Jack mode to disable self-leveling:
- Touch Controls > Suspension on the touchscreen.
- Press the brake pedal, then touch Very High to maximize height.
- Touch Jack.
Note: Jack mode cancels when Model S is driven over 7 km/h.
Warning: Failure to activate Jack mode on a Model S equipped with Smart Air Suspension can result in the vehicle becoming loose during transport, which may cause significant damage.
Activate Tow Mode
Model S may automatically shift into Park when it detects the driver leaving the vehicle, even if it has previously been shifted into Neutral. To keep Model S in Neutral (which disengages the parking brake), you must use the touchscreen to activate Tow mode:
- Shift into Park.
- Press the brake pedal, then on the touchscreen, touch Controls > Settings > Service & Reset > Tow Mode.
Note: Tow mode cancels when Model S is shifted into Park.
Caution: If the electrical system is not working, and you therefore cannot release the electric parking brake, attempt to quick start the 12V battery. For instructions, call Tesla. If a situation occurs where you cannot disengage the parking brake, use tire skids or transport Model S for the shortest possible distance using wheeled dollies. Before doing so, always check the dolly manufacturer’s specifications and recommended load capacity
Connect the Towing Eye
1. Locate the towing eye in the front trunk.
2. Remove the tow hook cover by inserting small flat screwdriver into the slot located along the top of the cover, then prying gently to release the cover from the top snap.
3. Insert the towing eye.
Fully insert the towing eye into the opening on the right side, then turn it counter-clockwise until securely fastened.
4. Attach the winch cable to the towing eye.
Caution: Before pulling, make sure the towing eye is securely tightened.
Pull Onto the Trailer and Secure the Wheels
Secure wheels using the eight-point tie-down method with basket straps or tie-down straps:
- Ensure any metal parts on the tie-down straps do not contact painted surfaces or the face of the wheels.
- Do not place tie-down straps over body panels or through the wheels.
- Attaching tie-down straps to the chassis, suspension or other parts of the vehicle’s body may cause damage.
- To prevent damage, do not transport Model S with the tires directly on the ground.