How to Open and Close Front Trunk on Model 3


To open the front trunk:

  1. Ensure that the area around the hood is free of
  2. Touch the associated OPEN button on the
    touchscreen, double-click the front trunk button on
    the key fob accessory, or touch the front trunk button
    on the mobile app.
  3. Pull the hood up.

When a door or trunk is open, the
touchscreen displays the Door Open
indicator light. The image of your Model 3
on the touchscreen also displays the
open front trunk.

WARNING: Before opening or closing the hood, it
is important to check that the area around the
hood is free of obstacles (people and objects).
Failure to do so may result in damage or serious

NOTE: The front trunk locks whenever closed and you
lock Model 3 using the touchscreen, mobile app, key
card, you leave Model 3 carrying your authenticated
phone (if Walk-Away Door Lock is turned on), or if Valet
mode is active.


The Model 3 hood is not heavy enough to latch under its
own weight and applying pressure on the front edge or
center of the hood can cause damage.
To properly close the hood:

  1. Lower the hood until the striker touches the latches.
  2. Place both hands on the front of the hood, few inches
    to the left and right from the Tesla logo, then press
    down firmly to engage the latches.
  3. Carefully try to lift the front edge of the hood to
    ensure that it is fully closed.

CAUTION: To prevent damage:
• Apply pressure only to the areas left and right
from the Tesla badge.
Applying pressure to the red areas can cause
• Do not close the hood with one hand. Doing so
applies concentrated force in one area and can
result in a dent or crease.
• Do not apply pressure to the front edge of the
hood. Doing so can crease the edge.
• Do not slam or drop the hood.

WARNING: Before driving, you must ensure that
the hood is securely latched in the fully closed
position by carefully trying to lift the front edge of
the hood upward and confirming there is no

Interior Emergency Release

An illuminated interior release button inside the front
trunk allows a person locked inside to get out.

Press the interior release button to open the front trunk,
then push up on the hood.

NOTE: The interior release button glows following a brief
exposure to ambient light.

WARNING: People should never climb inside the
front trunk. Never shut the front trunk when a
person is inside.

WARNING: Care should be taken to ensure that
objects inside the front trunk do not bump against
the release button, causing the trunk to
accidentally open.

Opening Hood with No Power

In the unlikely event that Model 3 has no 12V power, you
will be unable to open the front trunk using the
touchscreen, key fob, or mobile app. To open the front
trunk in this situation:

NOTE: The following will not open the front trunk if
Model 3 is locked and has 12V power.

  1. Locate an external 12V power supply (such as a
    portable jump starter).
  2. Release the tow eye cover by pressing firmly on the
    top right perimeter of the cover until it pivots inward,
    then gently pulling the raised section toward you.

NOTE: Depending on production date, either the
positive or negative terminal may be attached to the
tow eye cover.

  1. Pull the two wires out of the tow eye opening to
    expose both terminals.
  2. Connect the 12V power supply’s red positive (+)
    cable to the red positive (+) terminal.
  3. Connect the 12V power supply’s black negative (-)
    cable to the black negative (-) terminal.

NOTE: Applying external 12V power to these
terminals only releases the hood latches. You cannot
charge the 12V battery using these terminals.

  1. Turn on the external power supply (refer to the
    manufacturer’s instructions). The hood latches are
    immediately released and you can now open the
    hood to access the front trunk area.
  2. Disconnect both cables, beginning with the black
    negative (-) cable.
  3. If pulling the vehicle onto a flatbed truck, do not
    replace the tow eye cover yet. If necessary, replace
    the tow eye cover by inserting the wires into the tow
    eye opening and aligning the tow eye cover into
    position and turning it into place.