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How to Fix the Stinky Smell in Your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y

How to Fix the Stinky Smell in Your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y

Owning a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y is a remarkable experience, but it can be marred by an unpleasant, musty odor, particularly when the A/C is on. Many Tesla owners have reported this issue, often describing the odor as similar to stinky feet. This problem usually originates from the air filters or A/C coils. Fortunately, you can resolve this yourself for about $75 and an hour of your time. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to fix the stinky smell in your Tesla:



DIY Solution: $75, 1 Hour

Step-by-Step Guide to Eliminating the Odor


Supplies Needed:

  • Air Filters: Purchase these for around $34.
  • Coil Foam Cleaner: Buy this for approximately $16.
  • Pry tool: $5
  • T20 Hex wrench: $5
  • Scentwedge Air Freshener: Monthly subscription $15.


Access the Air Intake

The air filters and A/C coils are located in the passenger seat floor area. Accessing them requires removing some panels, which can be a bit awkward but manageable.


Replace the Air Filters

Remove the air filters by accessing the compartment on the passenger side of the console. Follow a video tutorial for precise instructions. This step is crucial for resolving the stinky smell in your Model 3 or Model Y.


Clean the A/C Coils

  1. Once the air filters are removed, spray the coil foam cleaner into the compartment.
  2. Ensure the coils are thoroughly covered with foam. A cleaner with a hose attachment can simplify this process.
  3. Allow the foam to dry for 20–30 minutes. Then, run the A/C on low for another 15 minutes to ensure the coils are completely dry.


Reassemble and Ventilate

After the foam has dried, replace the air filters. Run the A/C with the windows slightly open for about 30 minutes to help eliminate any remaining cleaner odor.


Final Tip

After completing the cleaning process, consider adding a set of all-natural Scentwedge air fresheners into the vents. These air fresheners provide a pleasant, natural fragrance that complements the clean atmosphere in your Tesla.

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