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RHD Air filter

Twiglett

Single pedal driver
Oct 3, 2014
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Austin
This reminds me of a typical engineer.
Never pay someone $100 to do something for you when you can do it yourself and only pay $100 and 4 hours of your time at $90 per hour :D
 
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Mouxy

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Jul 21, 2020
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The filters come out from the driver’s side but the top panel has a screw that needs to be removed as well as the plastic clips. Also the screw in the filter cover is really hard to get to because of the pedals

Replacing the filters is an absolute PITA because the pedals and the steering column is in the way so it needs a bit of twisting and some patience.
 

AndyS3

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Oct 8, 2019
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Switching off aircon, opening recirc to fresh air for 10 mins before arriving at destination, gives time to dry condenser matrix, so bacteria doesn't have a damp surface to multiply on when parked up.

Ive been using this method for years, I have not had a problem since.
 

NewbieT

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Aug 16, 2019
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Cor blimey, they look black for just 1 year. Was hoping to get 2 years out of mine. Do you live in London?!

Good work / effort & thanks for reporting back. If they did the UK service cost inc filters for say is £75 I think I’ll leave this one to Tesla. If the price is more like twice that I’ll follow in your shadow.
 

VanillaAir_UK

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Jun 17, 2019
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Switching off aircon, opening recirc to fresh air for 10 mins before arriving at destination, gives time to dry condenser matrix, so bacteria doesn't have a damp surface to multiply on when parked up.

Ive been using this method for years, I have not had a problem since.

I believe that Tesla did a software change after initial smell problems that does similar automatically.
 

VanillaAir_UK

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I believe that Tesla did a software change after initial smell problems that does similar automatically.

source: How much for yearly maintenance

The smell is due to condensation in the filter and surround area growing stuff. Replace filter and use evaporation cleaner. Tesla will service for $100 or so and may offer a discount for late 2018 models. A firmware update resolved this issue by running the fan after the car has been parked a bit to dry out the filter.
 
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VanillaAir_UK

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Moderator comment - posts moved from Lost UK Accessory Shipment

I have chronic hay fever and I felt changing the filters once the pollen season would be a good idea:

Not sure how effective they are as a pollen filter. Our home MVHR requires the HEPA grade filters to stop pollen. You can get after market HEPA filters which are obviously more expensive. iirc torque alliance in Europe did them or a few in the US.

they are not expensive!!

but a pita to fit RHD Air filter - post moved
 
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Jason71

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May 8, 2019
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Not sure how effective they are as a pollen filter. Our home MVHR requires the HEPA grade filters to stop pollen. You can get after market HEPA filters which are obviously more expensive. iirc torque alliance in Europe did them or a few in the US.



but a pita to fit RHD Air filter
generally the way filters work is that they just get more and more clogged as they get old. they don't become less effective at filtering so are you guys seeing a drop in air flow? is that why you are changing them? What is the recommendation from Tesla? if its based on the dust bowl that is California I would double it
 

Marc Roberts

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Jul 9, 2019
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generally the way filters work is that they just get more and more clogged as they get old. they don't become less effective at filtering so are you guys seeing a drop in air flow? is that why you are changing them? What is the recommendation from Tesla? if its based on the dust bowl that is California I would double it
Tesla recommendation is 2 years. Mine were full of crap. My reasons to replace were 2 years is up, and slightly smelly HVAC, so I also cleaned the evaporator. Much better now :)
 
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Durzel

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Jul 17, 2019
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Nah, done mine recently and it was really pretty easy, two plastic panels on bottom of dash, a little bit of ducting, the side carpet panel, access to the torx screw is easy then. The bit that seems to make the difference is the ducting removal.

(this obviously isn't me :p)
This is a great hands on video, watched it the other day and he goes through each step in painstaking detail (which is great for me, as I'm useless).
 

Peter 224

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May 9, 2021
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Marc, great video..looks easy and straight forward.
Watching the Video I now know that I'll pay someone to do it, my ageing body complains for several days if I spend time twisting myself into a footwell....or any tight space.
19 year old mind, 69 year old body..... Unfair!
 

GRiLLA

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Jul 5, 2020
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UK
Received my replacement filters from Tesla, impressed to receive them in a padded bag that was made from 60% recycled content and fully recyclable again. The filters are then just loose inside, no unnecessary bags, boxes, instruction manuals etc.

Small things done right.
 
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tomorrowman

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Mar 10, 2020
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Before practicing your contortionist skills you could try an Air Con Bomb

Mixed views on effectiveness but at a price that's low enough that it's worth a try.

Will give it a go at the weekend - no real smells in car, just doing as preventative measure.
 

Adopado

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Aug 19, 2019
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Thankfully my car remains fresh smelling so far! Over the years I've seen so many examples of routine maintenance on cars that turns out to be unnecessarily complicated! You would think that by this stage of the game all this kind of stuff would be designed to be easily accessible. It connects with the concept of "right to repair" ... let's add in "ease of maintenance". If it's difficult then people tend not to do it or it costs more to pay someone else to do it.
 

GRiLLA

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Jul 5, 2020
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UK
Nothing wrong with the smell, my car is just about 2 years old so time to replace. I've watched the video, looks doable, little opportunity for me to break anything.
 

Envchem

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Nov 13, 2019
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Just watched the video and I am pretty sure that if I try to do this myself I will probably break the lot :p Better a trip to the SC for me at least heh. By the way I am currently at 33k miles and no smell or deterioration on the performance of the air con unit.
 

Nick77

Deep Blue Model 3 LR (2021 MIC)
Mar 15, 2020
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Burton-on-Trent
I took the drivers Footwell trim off yesterday when fitting a new LED. It really is a piece of cake. The plastic push pins just pop out. You can't break them unless you deliberately try to cleave their heads off with buttloads of force and a really sharp screwdriver.
 

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