How to control wipers on Model Y


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.

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

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 Y to avoid the risk of damaging the wipers.

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

CAUTION: Remove ice from the windshield before turning the wipers on. Ice has sharp edges that can damage the rubber on the blades.
CAUTION: In harsh climates, ensure that the wiper blades are not frozen or adhered to the windshield.


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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Judy. Rendely
2 years ago

Clean, understandable. Thank you so much

Ann Fawcett
1 year ago

I tried to wash my windshield. No liquid came out and then the wipers came up and stopped. At this point I am frustrated with what should have been a simple act. I tried pushing and holding the end of the post and nothing is happening. My wipers are set on automatic.

Chris Gardner
Reply to  Ann Fawcett
3 months ago

You are out of washer fluid. I have a 2023 Model Y, same thing happened. I did not receive any messages or notifications that the wiper fluid was out. Put a gallon of windshield fluid in, everything worked fine after that.

2 months ago

You can try unclogging the nozzles from mineral deposits, although, if both of them are not spraying, it is either the pump or you are out of water.

2 months ago

The Tesla Model Y has a windshield washer fluid reservoir located right behind the front trunk. The fluid level can be checked on the touchscreen, and a message will appear when the level is low. The reservoir has a capacity of approx. 1.1 gallon.

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