Resetting the Driver Assistance System ECUs on a Tesla Model 3


I like to run a bunch of things to integrate with my Tesla Model 3, in order to capture trip data and other statistics. Unfortunately this has the downside of occasionally causing the vehicle to not sleep while idle, which can cause problems for some of the software components which would appear to be suffering from memory leaks. Tesla has thus far seemed unperturbed with these, instead opting to blame the use of 3rd party applications that hit the API for causing the problems, rather than dealing with the issues in their software which result in the actual need for the vehicle to sleep and effectively periodically reboot.

As a result, for the last few firmware updates up to (current as of time of writing this article) 2023., I have noticed a few fairly consistent issues.

Issues with the infotainment system can usually be rectified by pressing both scroll wheels on the steering wheel and the brake pedal at the same time until it reboots. You can technically do this at any time, even while in transit! However it is best to pull over and park safely before performing an infotainment system reboot as it will cause a temporary loss of all speed indicators and other safety features for at least a minute or more.

The Driver Assistance System will not be rebooted by performing an infotainment system reboot, as it operates in a different and isolated environment to the entertainment and display features. One way this can be rebooted is to park the vehicle, disable Sentry Mode and third party API access, then exit and lock the vehicle for about an hour. This will typically cause the vehicle to “sleep”, which will power down and reboot many of the underlying subsystems such as the DAS. That said, this isn’t always the most convenient, particularly if the DAS has decided to fail while in transit on a long road trip, where you may have many hours of driving ahead of you without the use of cruise control or autopilot. Fortunately there is a way to force the system to reboot, which will usually restore DAS operation to normal.


It should be noted that performing a forced reset of the DAS is done entirely at the operator’s own risk. No responsibility will be taken if you should cause problems or harm that may or may not be covered under warranty, void your warranty or cause unexpected behaviour. It is entirely possible to do things using the processes described below that may cause temporary or permanent damage to your vehicle if you are not careful or if you fiddle around without an understanding of what you are doing.

Resetting the DAS manually

Resetting the DAS manually requires the use of Service Mode, a special hidden menu in the infotainment system which can be accessed to perform various diagnostic procedures and access additional information that is typically not exposed to the end-user of the vehicle. As mentioned in the disclaimer section above, it is entirely possible to cause serious damage or unintended behaviour if you play around with the options in Service Mode and don’t know what you are doing. Consult the Service documentation (if you have access to it) if you intend to do anything in these menus.

Disclaimer - Service Mode

Disclaimer - Service Mode

Accessing the Service Mode menus

This is fairly well documented out on the internet, along with multiple guide videos on YouTube, however for anyone new to things the process is described below:

Performing the reset

Other useful bits in the Service Mode

It can also be worth reviewing the information on the first screen presented when entering service mode. In particular, it can be worth perusing the “Service Alerts” menu to verify error codes and look up timeframes from when issues may have occurred. Remember, be very careful while in service mode as it is possible to disrupt or affect normal vehicle functionality. Do not attempt to drive the vehicle while in service mode, as safety features may be disabled and speed limits may be imposed depending on the active settings at the time.


This can be a useful way to try and get your vehicle operating properly should the DAS fail while you are in transit, however it is no substitute for lodging a service request, particularly if you have had other similar issues in the past. Tesla technicians will likely be able to do deeper diagnosis on issues as they occur, and will be able to take corrective actions including replacing failed hardware should they have uncorrectable issues. That said, the service menu can be very useful to identify when problems occurred and what exactly went wrong, which may assist in diagnosing and correcting them down the track.

Hopefully Tesla will continue to improve their software, in particular improving its resilience and ability to self-correct, rather than relying on glorified rebooting to work around memory leaks which cause software and systems to crash. At minimum, it would be useful to be able to configure and schedule a specific time to perform a full system reboot while the vehicle is parked, should the issues caused by lack of the vehicle sleeping be too difficult to correct.