Last updated on September 12th, 2023 at 03:04 am
As a Tesla owner, when you start perceiving unfavorable smells from your vehicle, it’s time to change your air filter. But unfortunately, it’s something other than what Alexa can do for you.
Although this process may seem daunting, it’s fairly easy if you can follow instructions, and you need not spend on a mechanic.
Another issue is how often you should change it; you need to know how often this should happen. So, that’s what we’ll talk about.
It is best to change the air filters in your Tesla every two years. If you have a HEPA filter in your vehicle, it can last up to three years before needing a replacement. Sometimes, you must change your vehicle’s air filter before the specified date based on some conditions. Conditions like mileage covered and the areas the vehicle passes through.
In this article, I will explain how often you need to change the air filter in your Tesla. I’ll explain the signs to look out for to know if you need to replace the filter.
By the end of this article, you’ll know when your vehicle is due for an air filter replacement and how often you should.
How Often Should I Change the Air Filter in a Tesla?
You should change the air filter in your Tesla every 15,000 to 20,000 miles or every two years, whichever comes first.
The recommended interval is shorter if the car is used in dusty conditions or on gravel roads.
The environment you ride your Tesla in affects the frequency at which you change the air filter.
For example, if you usually ride your Tesla in a dusty area, you will need to replace your air filter more often than usual. That’s because the air filter will accumulate more dust that way.
On the other hand, if you usually ride in a clean area, mostly without dust, you need not change the air filter regularly. That way, it lasts longer.
Likewise, if you live in an area with high humidity, the filter is bound to get worn out or dirty more frequently, requiring a replacement.
Also, your personal preference affects the frequency you change your air filter. For instance, if you are the type that is allergic to dust, you will change your air filter as you see fit.
That’s because when the air becomes stale and uncomfortable, you need to change it to enjoy the air from the air filter.
However, it’s a good idea to check the air filter regularly and replace it when necessary. That’s because a clogged filter will reduce the HVAC efficiency of your vehicle.
Replacing the air filter will help ensure your Tesla runs at peak performance and prevent the engine from becoming clogged with dirt and debris.
How Much Does It Cost to Change a Tesla Air Filter?
The cost of changing a Tesla air filter varies depending on the make and model of your car. The cost can range from $30-$100 or more, depending on the quality of the air filter.
The actual cost depends on factors such as the type of air filter used, labor costs, and whether you need to replace any additional components.
It will cost more if you choose to have a professional mechanic do the work. You should factor in the cost of their time and any tools they may need to use.
The table below shows the price ranges for air filters for different Tesla models.
|Tesla Model||Air Filter Price||HEPA Air Filter Price|
|Model 3||$17||$50 (2 pack)|
|Model Y||$17||$50 (2 pack)|
You should know that the price may vary. It can go higher or lower depending on the quality and make of the air filter you purchase for your Tesla.
Also, know that the price in the table is for DIYers. If you want to use the help of a professional mechanic, you need to pay additional labor costs. The labor cost can cost about $39 or more.
Although, it’s cheaper to fix yourself than use the help of a mechanic. However, there’s a risk that if you change the air filter incorrectly, you will void the warranty on your vehicle.
The total cost may vary depending on the specific location and circumstances. Some mechanic charge more based on their location than others.
It’s a great idea to check with your local Tesla service center for an accurate quote.
How Often Do Teslas Need to Be Serviced?
Servicing your Tesla is as needed. That means that you service whatever part of your Tesla that needs servicing.
So the price you spend on servicing is not constant and changes according to what servicing you need to do.
Here are some tesla service requirements and when you should do them:
- Air filter: Ensure you change your air filter every two years, as needed, or for HEPA filters, three years. Although, you may need to do so more often if you live in an especially dusty area.
- Tire rotation: Rotate your Tesla tires after every 6,250 miles covered.
- Brake oil replacement: Tesla recommends you do this every two years. You can do it earlier than the specified time as needed.
- Brake caliper replacement: You should do this servicing every year or after 12,600 miles for winter care.
- Air conditioning service: You should carry out the servicing of your Tesla air conditioning every two to six years, depending on the model.
- Winter care: You should do this every year or after every 12,500 miles, whichever comes first.
- Software updates: These are done over the air and can occur anytime.
Finally, checking your car for any recalls as soon as possible is important to ensure that your Tesla runs safely.
You can do some of the required servicing in less than the time specified due to factors like how often you use your Tesla. It can also be because of the driving conditions, etc.
It’s best to consult your owner’s manual for up-to-date information on servicing required for your model.
How Do I Know If My Air Filter Needs Changing?
Some common signs indicate you need to change the air filter in your Tesla.
Here are some signs indicating the air filter needs changing.
#1. Reduced Airflow From the Vents
If you notice that the air flowing from the air filter in your Tesla isn’t flowing as usual, it might be because of clogging. The air filter filled with dirt and debris signifies that it needs changing.
Also, if your vehicle is getting a different power or acceleration, it needs changing.
#2. Bad or Moldy Odour
If you notice a bad or moldy odor in your Tesla from the vent, the air filter is dirty and probably needs to be changed.
#3. Poor Fuel Economy
If your air filter is clogged, your vehicle consumes more fuel than usual because of the reduced air entering the filter to produce more power.
When you notice you’re spending more on fuel than usual. The air filter is likely the problem; if it is, it needs to be changed.
#4. Driving Frequently Through Polluted Areas
Driving through polluted areas frequently with your Tesla allows dirt and dust into your air filter more than driving in smooth areas.
When you do this frequently, your air filter will be clogged and worn out, so it needs a replacement.
#5. Replacement Time
Tesla specified time to change your air filter is two years. So if your air filter is two years old, you need to change it.
Also, if you’ve driven more than 15,000-20,000 miles in less than two years, you should change your air filter. Although, you can change it based on the areas you ride in and your preference.
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