How do I jump start a tesla model S?

My battery is dead in my Tesla. I guess because it’s an electric car I didn’t think this would happen. How do I jump-start a Tesla Model S?

I’m sorry to hear about your dead battery. To start you need to open the frunk (front trunk) of your Tesla. To do this you need to:
  • Go to the front bumper on the driver’s side.
  • There should be a large circle, press the top right until it goes inward and opens this cover.
  • This is the tow hook, there should be two wires, pull them out (gently).
  • Take a 12V jump starter and put the red cable to your car’s red cable. And black cable to the black cable.
  • Adding power will pop your front trunk open, then carefully disconnect, black first then red.
  • Return the tow cover to how you’d found it.
  • Above the trunk compartment should be the 12V battery. Remove the black panel that covers it.
  • On the passenger side you’ll find a cabin intake panel, pull upwards on the clips to remove this.
  • Connect red to red. Red is positive or a + sign.
  • Connect black to black. Black is negative or a - sign.
  • Turn on your jump starter and wait about 10 minutes. Give it time.
  • Remove cables the same as with the tow hook. Black first or (-) and then red (+).
  • Replace everything and take your car somewhere to charge.
If you don’t have access to a 12V jump starter then having roadside assistance can help. With the Jerry app in your pocket, you’ll never have to worry about being stranded again. Jerry partners with a monthly roadside assistant to provide jump starts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing.
Hope you get back onto the road soon!
Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 26, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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