Tesla Model Y Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model Y: Trailer Mode

Trailer Mode must always be active when towing a trailer. When you connect a trailer's electrical connection while the vehicle is in Park, Model Y automatically engages Trailer Mode. When you disconnect the trailer's electrical connection, Trailer Mode does not automatically disengage. To manually engage or disengage Trailer Mode, touch Controls > Pedals & Steering > Trailer Mode on the touchscreen. One of the following indicators displays:

Trailer Mode is active.

Model Y detects a connection for trailer lights but Trailer Mode is disabled. It is likely that a carrying accessory has been connected.

Model Y detects a faulty electrical connection for the trailer lights. Some, or all, trailer lights may not be functioning. Pull over as soon as safety permits and inspect the trailer lights for faulty cabling or connections. If the issues are resolved and the red icon still persists, disable and re-enable Trailer Mode once more.

Some Autopilot features (Autosteer, Summon, Lane Assist, etc.), as well as rear parking sensor functionality, may not be available when Trailer Mode is enabled. In addition, some features may operate differently. For example:

  • Traffic-Aware Cruise Control increases the following distance from the car in front of you.
  • Side collision warnings are active but automatic steering interventions are disabled.
  • The braking force provided by Automatic Emergency Braking (see Collision Avoidance Assist) is significantly limited. Therefore, stopping distance may increase.

WARNING: Do not rely on Model Y to detect the trailer and automatically engage Trailer Mode. Always check that Trailer Mode is engaged before towing a trailer.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you exit Trailer Mode when towing a trailer. Doing so can cause serious injury and/or death.


     Trailer Brakes

    When towing a loaded trailer that weighs more than 1650 lbs (750 kg), Tesla recommends that the trailer be equipped with its own brake system adequate for the weight of the trailer. Ensure complianc

     Parking with a Trailer

    Whenever possible, avoid parking on a grade. However, if parking on a grade is absolutely necessary, place wheel chocks under the trailer wheels. Consider having someone help you with these steps:

     Attaching and Removing the Ball Mount

    The Model Y towing package does not include a ball mount. You must purchase a ball mount suitable for the type of trailer you are towing. The Model Y hitch receiver supports a ball mount with a leng


     Moving Second Row Seats (7-seater only)

    Lift the bar located beneath each outboard seating position to unlock and move the second row seats forward or rearward. The bench seats have a 60/40 split. Therefore, the bar on the left side moves the seat for the left and center seats, whereas the bar on the right side moves only the rightmos

     Polishing, Touch Up, and Body Repair

    To preserve the cosmetic appearance of the body, you can occasionally treat the paint surfaces with an approved polish containing: Very mild abrasive to remove surface contamination without removing or damaging the paint. Filling compounds that fill scratches and reduce their visibility. W

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