How to control wipers on Model 3


To perform a single wipe with the windshield wipers,
press and immediately release the button on the end of
the turn signal stalk.

To adjust the continuous wiper settings, touch the
windshield wiper icon located in the “Cards” area on the
touchscreen. The wiper card displays the current state of the wipers.

NOTE: When you operate the wipers, the headlights
automatically turn on (if they were not on already).

CAUTION: To avoid damaging the hood, ensure
that the hood is fully closed before activating the
windshield wipers.

Below the wipers icon you can adjust the speed of the wipers.
◦ 1: Intermittent, slow
◦ 2: Intermittent, fast
◦ 3: Continuous, slow
◦ 4: Continuous, fast
◦ AUTO: Model 3 detects whether or not it is raining.
When wipers are set to AUTO and liquid is
detected on the windshield, Model 3 determines
the optimal frequency at which they should wipe.
If Model 3 does not detect liquid on the
windshield, the wipers do not wipe.

NOTE: The AUTO setting is currently in BETA. If
uncertain about using AUTO while in the BETA phase,
Tesla recommends setting the wiper speed to one of
the first four positions, as necessary.

NOTE: If the AUTO setting is selected but becomes
unavailable, the wipers change to the manual setting
(one of the first four positions) that is closest to the
latest determined AUTO wiping frequency. If the
latest wiping frequency cannot be determined, the
wipers turn off.

CAUTION: Ensure the wipers are off before
washing Model 3 to avoid the risk of damaging the

Periodically check and clean the edge of the wiper
blades. If a blade is damaged, replace it immediately.

CAUTION: In harsh climates, ensure that the wiper
blades are not frozen or adhered to the windshield.

CAUTION: Remove ice from the windshield before
turning the wipers on. Ice has sharp edges that can
damage the rubber on the blades.


Fully press and hold the button on the end of the turn
signal stalk to spray washer fluid onto the windshield.
While spraying the windshield, the wipers turn on. After
releasing the button, the wipers perform two additional
wipes, then a third wipe a few seconds later.

Periodically top up washer fluid.

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