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Replacing cabin air filter on updated Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by EZ2016M75, May 2, 2017.

  1. EZ2016M75

    EZ2016M75 New Member

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    I occasionally drive in a very dusty area and I noticed that the airflow from the HVAC system had decreased. I looked into having the SC replace the air filter but they responded that the filter should be good for at least a year but were willing to sell me one.

    As easy as the previous generation filter was to change, the cabin filter on my 2016.5 is behind the glove box (what a great design...)!

    Here's the list of steps:

    Tools needed: Torx T20 driver with long handle, Panel removal tool (any car store)
    Note: all panels are attached with clips, no screws.
    1. Remove the panel under the glove box
    2. Remove the panel that extends from above the glove box to the main display.
    3. Remove the panel on the right side of the glove box. It has a wire attached to it - just let it hang.
    4. Remove the six Torx screws holding the glove box in - 3 on top and 3 on the bottom. The bottom right one is recessed pretty deep.
    5. Remove the glove box being careful with the attached wiring.
    6. Remove the cover to the filter by compressing the clip on the right, tilting it a bit and pulling it out of the left side.
    7. Remove the old filter (I used a pair of needle nose pliers) and insert the new filter making sure the air flow direction arrow is pointing down.
    8. Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.
    Air flow is back to normal!
     
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  2. JasJ

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    That's a lot of steps, what would they have charged you to install it?

    Any pictures opened up?
     
  3. EZ2016M75

    EZ2016M75 New Member

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    The complexity probably contributes to the $600 annual service!

    I was going to take pictures but I left my iPhone at work.
     
  4. BigTonyTones

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    This is for the model s refresh correct? Seems very complicated. I had previously thought the filter was in the frunk area. Do you have the model number of the cabin filter needed?

    6 months in and my AC has begun to have a smell to it when it first turns on
     
  5. EZ2016M75

    EZ2016M75 New Member

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    Yes, this is for the refresh. When I first went to replace it, I tore apart the frunk thinking that it was the same as the pre-refresh. They probably moved it because of the HEPA filter option.

    The part number is MS2 HVAC CARBON FILTER (1072736-00- 1 B)
     
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  6. BigTonyTones

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    I appreciate the time you took to get the part number and the directions!
     
  7. Frankman60

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    I have an AP1 refreshed MS and the large HEPA filter is located just behind the frunk. The 12V battery was recently replaced by a Tesla Ranger and I watched the technician remove the large HEPA filter to access the battery. I don't understand how this large filter could be removed from inside the cabin.
     
  8. BigTonyTones

    BigTonyTones Member

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    You have the premium package. The regular package comes with a standard cabin filter
     
  9. rundown

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    Hi,

    Can you confirm the old filter was the same carbon filter? Some of us are wondering if the current cabin filters in the MS and MX are carbon as standard now.

    Thank you
     
  10. EZ2016M75

    EZ2016M75 New Member

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    Yes, the original was a carbon filter.
     
  11. rundown

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    Awesome, Thank you!
     

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