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Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Skotty, Oct 3, 2017.
What am I seeing here?
People have speculated it’s several things:
Vent to equalize pressure in the trunk.
Vent to climate condition the trunk.
Access port to the rear brake light (my preferred theory).
There were several posts on it over at the Model 3 owners club (including input from one of the owners), but no one knows for sure.
I don't even understand the third one. It goes between the main cabin behind the rear seats and the trunk. How can it be an access port for anything?
The other one you didn't mention is that it lets more light into the trunk for when you are accessing it.
Need some way to replace the light.
Presumably you do that from below, inside the trunk. But there's clearly light coming through that space, so it's part of the panel behind the seats. So it leads from a place in the cabin you can easily reach from the back seats to a place in the trunk you can easily reach in the trunk. It doesn't really give access to anything.
If it's a vent doesn't that mean it needs to open? This looks more like a little window that doesn't open in any automatic way (I suppose, as with any car part you can somehow pry it off/open)
All cars have cabin vents and trunk vents. Normally not visible. This one is not visible from the top only the bottom looking up (from other posts). Makes it easier to close the last cabin door or the trunk if the doors are closed. Helps equalize pressure. Like in my house it’s more difficult to swing the house door closed into the garage if the garage doors are closed. Easy if the garage door/s are open.
Actually, that may not be the case. I believe with the model S you need to remove the rear window to replace the third brake light. Since it’s all LED it will typically never need to be replace on most cars anyway.
It’s not solid. It sounds like it’s more like a grill or mesh. The same grill or mesh that covers the rear speakers. It sounded like it’s one whole piece across the back and underneath that piece are speakers and the opening into the trunk.
Pictures of production Model 3s
If the subwoofer for the premium sound is in the truck area then it makes sense to let air through to equalize pressure
Or rather to unequalize it.
Thank you kindly.