changing cabin air filter

Steps For Changing Your Cabin Air Filter

A vehicle cabin air filter is a small, but important part of your vehicle, because its entire job is to ensure your car is filled with clean air by preventing dust, pollen, and other debris from entering your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and circulating in your cabin. Your vehicle owner’s manual will provide a recommendation regarding how frequently you should change your cabin air filter. If left for too long, a clogged cabin air filter can result in distress to your car’s air conditioning unit and/ or its heating unit. Fortunately, depending on the make, model, and year of your vehicle, changing your cabin air filter can be a relatively quick and easy process. The cabin air filter on newer vehicles is often located behind the glove box. On other vehicles it may be located under the dashboard, or under the hood. If your cabin air filter is located behind your glove box (exact location will be provided in your vehicle owner’s manual) and you feel up to the task to change your cabin air filter yourself, feel free to follow the steps below when. 

  1. Open the glove box and remove its contents. 
  2. Remove glove box pin, which is located on the outside edge of the glove box, by unscrewing the screw holding the pin in place and slip the pin out of the hole.
  3. Release the glove box by holding the front and back of the glove box squeeze both sides together until the side clamps pop free. 
  4. Drop down the glove box so you can see the faceplate (usually looks like a black box) to the cabin air filter channel. 
  5. Open the faceplate to the cabin air filter by lifting the latches on the side of the faceplate and move it away to have full access to the filter compartment.  
  6. Slowly and carefully remove the old cabin filter by pulling out the old cabin filter. It is important to note which way the arrows on the filter are facing. 
  7. Clean the filter housing of any dirt and debris that may have fallen off the air filter as it was being removed. 
  8. Slide in the new filter making sure the arrows on it are facing the same direction as they were on the old one you just removed. 
  9. Replace the cabin air filter faceplate by snapping it back into place.
  10.  Replace and secure the glove box by lifting it to its original position, sliding the pin back into the hold in the arm and replacing the previously removed screw. 

It is important to make sure you are replacing your cabin air filter with an exact replacement, so make sure the new air filter matches the old one. Although it may seem simple, if at any point you feel unsure of your work do not hesitate taking your vehicle to a mechanic to assure the task was carried out properly. Having a mechanic validate that you changed your cabin air filter correctly will not only give you piece of mind, but will also ensure your HVAC system can return to its fully operational state, with its properly installed new cabin air filter. 

Further Information

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