How to video: Replacing the air filters of a Tesla Model 3

How to replace your Tesla Model 3 air filters and install the HEPA filters

While Tesla Model S and Model X have one of the best high-efficiency particulate matter (HEPA) air filters in the entire automotive industry, Tesla Model 3 also has a good air filtration system, being a smaller car than the S & X, the filters are comparably smaller in size and do not have the HEPA filtration capability.

In the following video, Tesla Raj takes us on the journey on how to remove the stock non-HEPA Tesla Model 3 filters and install the new aftermarket HEPA filters to further increase the cabin air quality of the car.

Last year when the California wildfires took the region with a storm, Tesla Model S and Model X’s Bioweapon Defense Mode actually helped people escape and reach a safe destination from the thickly smoked air of the burning woods.

Removing and re-installing the Model 3 air filters requires some technical experience of handling the tools, working with nuts and bolts, and removing the clips, etc. Raj was fearless enough to be able to attempt this on his beautiful car.

Tesla Model 3 stock vs aftermarket HEPA air filter.
Above: Tesla Model 3 stock vs aftermarket HEPA air filter. Photo: Tesla Raj (@tesla_raj / Twitter).

Note: To directly jump to the ‘How To Remove’ the Model 3 filters, jump to 8:30 in the video.

Tesla Model 3 Interior Vinyl Kit
HEPA Filter Diagram

Above: HEPA filter diagram by LadyofHats Public Domain, Link

To get the best results from the stock Tesla Model 3 air filters, Elon Musk communicated the following instructions in a tweet:

Set air flow to recirculating mode & manually raise blower speed to 5 in Model 3 for best air quality. Air filters are smaller than S/X, so clear air is achieved by circulating through filter several times.

Tesla Model 3 not having HEPA grade filters installed right from the factory might have to do with the additional cost and sourcing issues it adds to the manufacturing process, the pair of HEPA filters installed by Raj in the above video cost ~$100 and if this has to be installed in 500,000 Model 3s, only the filters would cost around $50 million dollars (excluding the economies of scale of course, still expensive).

HEPA filters perform exceptionally well in cleaning out particulate matters under 2.5 micron, that includes bacteria, allergens, soot/smog, and even 0.01-micron viruses, great for the health of Tesla owners who live in more polluted cities with high PM levels.

There’s no better feeling than breathing fresh clean air!

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Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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