Front Trunk

Opening

To open the front trunk, ensure Model 3 is in Park, and then do one of the following before pulling the hood open:

  • Touch the associated Open icon on the touchscreen.
  • Double-click the front trunk button on the key fob.
  • Touch the front trunk button in the mobile app.
Arrow pointing up from vehicle front hood
Vehicle icon with door open

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.

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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 injury.

The cargo weight should be distributed between the front and rear trunks.

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CAUTION
Never load more than 55 lbs (25 kg) in the front trunk. Doing so can cause damage.

Closing

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 in the areas shown (in green), 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.
Arrows pointing to two green boxes on either side of the center front edge of the front hood. A red box on the center front edge of the hood.
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CAUTION
To prevent damage:
  • Apply pressure only to the green areas shown. Applying pressure to the red areas can cause damage.
  • 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.
  • To avoid scratches, don't have anything in your hands (keys). Jewelry can also cause scratches.
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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 movement.
The front trunk locks when:
  • You lock Model 3 using the touchscreen, key or mobile app.
  • You leave Model 3 carrying your key (if Walk-Away Door Lock is turned on).
  • Valet mode is active (see Valet Mode).

Interior Emergency Release

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

A button inside the front trunk with an image of a car with its trunk open

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

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Note
The interior release button glows following a brief exposure to ambient light.
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Warning
People should never climb inside the front trunk. Never shut the front trunk when a person is inside.
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Warning
Care should be taken to ensure that objects inside the front trunk do not bump against the release button, causing the hood to accidentally open.

Opening Hood with No Power

In the unlikely event that Model 3 has no low voltage 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:

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Note
The following steps do not open the front trunk if Model 3 is locked and has low voltage power.
closeup of front tow eye cover
  1. Locate an external low voltage 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.
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    Note
    Depending on production date, either the positive or negative terminal may be attached to the tow eye cover.
  3. Pull the two wires out of the tow eye opening to expose both terminals.
  4. Connect the low voltage power supply's red positive (+) cable to the red positive (+) terminal.
  5. Connect the low voltage power supply's black negative (-) cable to the black negative (-) terminal.
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    Note
    Applying external low voltage power to these terminals only releases the hood latches. You cannot charge the low voltage battery using these terminals.
  6. 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.
  7. Disconnect both cables, beginning with the black negative (-) cable.
  8. If pulling the vehicle onto a flatbed truck, do not replace the tow eye cover yet. If necessary, install the tow eye cover by inserting the wires into the tow eye opening and aligning the tow eye cover into position and snapping it into place.