How to completely reset your Tesla before you sell it

How to completely reset your Tesla before you sell it

Isn't it true that selling your Tesla is simple?... It's not as simple as it appears. When you sell your car, you must first reset it to delete all of your personal information and then remove it from your Tesla account to avoid being liable for supercharging fees and overstay fines. Detailed instructions on how to reset Tesla before selling it are provided below:

Soft reset & Hard reset

A soft reboot resets software while keeping devices powered, like the reset button on your phone or modem. The Tesla software can reboot without draining and recharging the internal hardware. There are two types of soft resets for Tesla: touchscreen reset and complete vehicle reset (also called power cycling in the Tesla Owner's Manual).

So, what is a tesla hard reset?

To do a hard reboot Tesla, detach the 12V battery and let the electronics drain before reconnecting it. If you live far away from a Tesla Service Center or if a mobile tech is too busy to come to you, you should attempt this method. The hard reboot requires going close to the Tesla's innards and High Voltage equipment, so it's not for the casual driver. A full hard reset should ideally disable all computer power, similar to removing a phone's battery.

Remove any USB devices from your computer before executing a system restart as a precaution. Some subsystems can be prevented from shutting down by using USB devices such as phones.

Rebooting a Tesla is fairly straightforward (Source)

Option 1: Using the steering wheel, you may do a soft reset on your Tesla. The Scroll Wheel is used to navigate across the site.

The process of performing a soft reboot or reset is basic. Tighten your grip on both steering-wheel buttons until the screen turns black, then keep them firmly in place until the Tesla logo displays. Then let go.

  • Hold down both scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel for a few seconds.
  • For a maximum of 10 seconds, keep the buttons pushed.
  • It will take 10 seconds for the main screen to reset.
  • A clicking sound should be heard during the restarting process, which is typical.

Option 2: Restart the computer by pressing the top button (MS and MX only)

Hold down both of the buttons above the scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel for a few seconds.

If you keep these buttons pushed for up to ten seconds, the touch screen on the driver's computer should reset itself.

Option 3: Reset the steering wheel completely by pressing the brake pedal.

You will need to sit in the driver's seat and close the doors in order to do this reset. Maintaining the doors closed and not opening them for the duration of the reboot is critical to completing the hard reset operation properly.

  • Get inside the car and shut the driver's door behind you.
  • Press and hold the brake pedal for a few seconds.
  • Press and hold both of the buttons above the scroll wheels for a few seconds. It may be necessary to push the scroll wheels on each side of the steering wheel (MS and MX), or only the scroll wheels on one side of the steering wheel (MS and MX) (M3)
  • The driver's touchscreen will reboot if the buttons are held down for more than 10 seconds.
  • Hold down the brake pedal until the system has completely restarted itself.

Option 4: Shut down and restart the Tesla motor.

Sit in the car with the door closed, and don't touch anything or open the door except to obey the directions given by the driver. This is also best done in a peaceful environment since listening to the automobile might be beneficial; otherwise, keep an eye on the clock.

  • Get inside the car and shut the doors behind you. There are no additional buttons to press.
  • Bring up the service menu by pressing the service button on the main screen.
  • Select "Power Off" from the drop-down menu.
  • Once in a while, the screen goes dark and the machine is allowed to shut down for a few seconds.
  • Allow the car to idle for a few minutes after it has been shut off.
  • To get the automobile to start, depress the brake pedal.

Option 5: Tesla Factory Reset

Procedure for performing a Tesla factory reset may be found under Controls > Settings > Service and reset > Factory Reset > Erase and reset.

Final Thoughts

To be fair, Tesla isn't the only automaker that stores user data. The practice is so widespread that the US Federal Trade Commission has already issued warnings to drivers about linking gadgets to rental automobiles. The Federal Trade Commission also advises drivers to understand how to thoroughly clean their vehicles' systems before returning a rental or selling a vehicle they own.


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