Car Status and Indicator Lights on Model 3


The touchscreen displays the status of Model 3 at all times. What you see depends on whether the vehicle is:

• Parked
• Driving
• Charging

When Model 3 is parked, the status area shows the gear, estimated range, and an overhead view of the car with buttons you can touch to open the trunks and charge port door. When you press the brake, Model 3 powers up and indicator lights flash briefly along the top. Unless an indicator light applies to the current situation (for example, a seat belt is not fastened), it should turn off. If an indicator light fails to turn on or off, contact Tesla.

NOTE: Depending on vehicle options, software version, and market region, the information displayed may be slightly different.

Indicator Lights

The following indicator lights illuminate to advise you or alert you of a specific status or condition:

Red Brake indicator – A brake system fault is detected or the brake fluid level is low. Contact Tesla immediately.

Orange Brake indicator – A brake booster fault has been detected.

Orange ABS indicator – An ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) fault is detected. Contact Tesla immediately.

Orange Parking Brake indicator – A parking brake fault is detected. Contact Tesla.

Red PARK indicator – The parking brake is manually applied.

Orange Tire indicator – Tire pressure warning.
The pressure of a tire is out of range. If a fault with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is detected, the indicator flashes. View tire pressures in the “Cards” area, located below the touchscreen’s car status area. For a TPMS fault, contact Tesla.

Red Seat Belt indicator – A seat belt for an occupied seat is not fastened.

Red Air Bag indicator – Airbag safety. If this indicator does not flash on briefly when Model 3 prepares to drive, or if it remains on, contact Tesla immediately.

Blue Headlights indicator – High beam headlights are on and Auto High Beam is disabled or currently unavailable.

Blue Headlights indicator with letter A inside – Auto High Beam is enabled and high beams are on. Model 3 is ready to turnoff the high beams if light is detected.

Gray Headlights indicator with letter A inside – Auto High Beam is enabled but high beams are not on because light is detected in front of Model 3. When light is no longer detected, high beams automatically turn back on.

Orange Sliding Car indicator – This indicator flashes amber when the
electronic stability control systems are actively minimizing wheel spin by
controlling brake pressure and motor power. If this indicator stays illuminated, a fault is detected (contact Tesla immediately).

Orange TC (crossed) indicator – Electronic stability control systems are no longer minimizing wheel spin.

Gray (H) indicator – Vehicle Hold is actively applying the brakes.

Blue Snowflake indicator – Appears when some of the stored
energy in the Battery may not be available due to cold weather conditions.
If Model 3 is plugged in, you can heat your Battery by turning on climate
control with the mobile app. The snowflake icon disappears when the
Battery is sufficiently warm.

Amber Turtle indicator – Vehicle power is currently being limited
because the energy remaining in the Battery is low or the vehicle’s systems
are being heated or cooled.

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