How to top up washer fluid on Model Y

Topping Up Windshield Washer Fluid

The only reservoir into which you can add fluid is the
windshield washer fluid reservoir, which is located
behind the front trunk. When the level is low, a message
displays on the touchscreen.
To top up the washer fluid:

1. Open the hood.
2. Clean around the filler cap before opening it to
prevent dirt from entering the reservoir.
3. Open the filler cap.
4. While avoiding spilling, fill the reservoir until the fluid
level is visible just below the filler neck. The reservoir of
Tesla model Y has a capacity of 4.5 liters.
5. Wipe up any spills immediately and wash the
affected area with water.
6. Replace the filler cap.

NOTE: Some national or local regulations restrict the use
of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are
commonly used as antifreeze in washer fluid. Use a
washer fluid with limited VOC content only if it provides
adequate freeze resistance for all climates in which you
drive Model Y.

CAUTION: Do not add formulated washer fluids
that contain water repellent or bug wash. These
fluids can cause streaking, smearing, and
squeaking or other noises.

WARNING: In temperatures below 40° F (4° C),
use a washer fluid with antifreeze. In cold weather,
using a washer fluid without antifreeze can impair
visibility through the windshield.

WARNING: Windshield washer fluid can irritate
eyes and skin. Read and observe the instructions
provided by the washer fluid manufacturer.

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 (see Touchscreen Overview on page 4).
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


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