Part 1: Introduction
According to the official maintenance checklist, the Model Y cabin air filter must be replaced every 24 months. Why the cabin air filter? The Model Y also has a HEPA air filter installed in the vehicle's front trunk. The cabin air filter serves as a secondary filter. I've been driving my car for almost 12 months and 14,000 miles now. I will try to replace it.
Part 2: Preparation
First, you need to purchase a replacement cabin air filter. The cabin air filter for Model 3 and Model Y is universal. Therefore, when buying a filter, you only need to look for the one that fits Model 3. I used Marnana's filter for my car.
Before starting the task, I referred to the DIY process of Model 3 car owners online to get an idea of the primary process. However, I learned through practice that there are still some differences between Model Y and Model 3.
Part 3: Getting Hands-On
First, observe the shield below the glove compartment. Three screws are holding it in place. The two on the left are plastic pins secured by compression, while the one on the right is made of metal and connected by a thread.
After removing the screws, you will find that the shield is still firmly in place. Although the back of the security is loose, the front below the glove compartment pivot is excellent. Three notches here are challenging to loosen, even with a plastic pry bar. Based on experience, there are probably snap fasteners securing it in place. Continue to use the pry bar to loosen the snap fasteners gently. Removing the shield took about 10 minutes of gentle and persistent effort. Compared to the Model 3, removing the shield below the glove compartment of the Model Y is the biggest challenge. It would help if you were
After removing the shield, you will see a dense row of snap fasteners. Three are responsible for securing the position, and the others are for fastening.
After removing the shield, you need to unplug the wires for the speaker and the small light above it. Use a screwdriver to press in the plug, as shown in the diagram, and then pull out the plug. Now the shield is completely separated.
You can see a car-mounted wireless terminal with an IMEI number hidden behind it. It should be used to achieve the car's 4G network connection.
Removing the velvet dashboard on the left is relatively simple. This panel is made of soft plastic and can be gently pulled outward from the opening at the top by hand. The buckle will come off quickly without much difficulty. The approximate location of the clip can be seen in the picture below. This panel is very flexible, but the sizeable middle clip is more solid. So after removing the hook in the central position shown in the figure, gently pull the panel backward, and the air conditioning filter position will be exposed without obliterating it.
A shining screw fixes the panel outside the air conditioning filter. You can remove the screw with a 6mm socket or a T20 star screwdriver head. Note that the space here is small, and the air outlet on the right side blocks it. It would help if you found the correct position to start. The panel is fixed by a buckle below. After removing the screw of the meeting, lift the board up and outward, and you can take it down.
Finally, the air conditioning filter is visible. First, pull out the top by holding the small tail of the filter. Note that another filter is below, so you must pull the small tail upward and outwa
We have again confirmed by comparing the new and old filters that the cabin air conditioning filters of Model Y and Model 3 are identical.
When installing the new filter, pay attention to the direction. The arrow on the side of the filter indicates the airflow direction and should point to the inside of the car. Our filter can be identified by the honeycomb structure, which faces the inside of the cabin. If it is the original factory filter, pay attention to the yellow side facing the inside of the car.
With this, the DIY replacement of the Model Y indoor air filter is complete.
Part 4 Summary
The most laborious and time-consuming part of dismantling is removing the baffle under the glove box. The row of buckles is particularly annoying, especially during the first dismantling. You must be bold and meticulous, apply gentle force, and persevere. This is very different from the Model 3.
Tesla is no longer just a simple means of transportation but also a big toy. Simple modifications or DIY maintenance can help you understand it better, teach you new skills, and save you some money. Let's do it together for owners who love to tinker with their cars!