Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Replacing Cabin Air Filters

Model S has an air filter that prevents pollen, industrial fallout, road dust, and other particles from entering the cabin through the vents. Tesla recommends replacing these filters every 2 years (every year in China). Cabin filters can be purchased at the Tesla online store.

To replace the cabin filter:

1. Turn off the climate control system.

2. Move the front passenger seat fully rearwards.

3. Slowly and gently pull down the footwell cover to release the magnets, then disconnect the electrical harness on the right side of the cover. Set the footwell cover aside.

4. Squeeze the cabin filter door lock to release it, and then remove and set the door aside.

5. Note the direction of air flow printed on the cabin filter. The arrows on the filter should face toward the rear of the vehicle.

6. Slide the filter out of the HVAC module.

7. Ensuring that the arrows on the new filter face toward the rear of the vehicle, insert the new cabin filter into the HVAC module.

8. Slide the cabin filter door onto the HVAC module, and then push the door to lock it.

NOTE: Ensure the lock is fully engaged and the door is sealed shut.

9. Position the front passenger footwell cover on the vehicle and connect the electrical harness to the cover.

10. Install the front passenger footwell cover, making sure the magnets (x3) are locked into position.

11. Move the front passenger seat back to its original position.

Using RFID Transponders

When attaching an RFID transponder (used by many automated toll systems) inside Model S, place the transponder on the bottom corner of the passenger side of the windshield as shown. This ensures best results and minimizes any obstruction to your driving view.

NOTE: You can also attach a weather-proof transponder to the front license plate.

Parts and Accessories



     Identification Labels

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     Vehicle Loading


     Passive Locking and Unlocking

    Locking and unlocking Model S with your key fob is conveniently hands-free. Although you must be carrying a paired key fob, there is no need to use it. Model S has sensors around the vehicle that can recognize the presence of a key fob within a range of approximately six feet (two meters). Ther

     Disable the Self-Leveling Air Suspension System

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