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Replacing your Cabin Air Filter

Changing your vehicle’s cabin air filter only takes a few minutes and helps protect your lungs by keeping the air inside your vehicle clean. Filters should be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles or if you notice they are dirty during an inspection.

General Steps For Replacing Your Cabin Air Filter

1

Safety First

Park your vehicle on a flat, dry surface and make sure the parking brake is on. In some situations you may need a screwdriver or socket set, but most installations can be done by hand.

Sometimes the filter can be pretty dirty, so you may want to wear safety gloves and goggles, and even put a covering down on your passenger side floor mat. This is in case dust or debris fall out when removing the old filter.

2

Get to the filter

Open and, often times, remove the glove box to access the cabin air filter. The owner's manual should have detailed information on removal. This may require a screwdriver, or simply pressing down on a tab or two.

Some vehicles allow access without removing the glove box, but there are others where the cabin air filter is accessed from under the hood. The owner's manual or a Repair Guide will have detailed information on location & removal for your vehicle.

person showing how to remove glove box
3

Remove old cabin air filter

Remove the old cabin air filter and any debris. Note the placement of the old filter. You may want to vacuum the area.

4

Install the new filter

Install the new filter. Note the direction the old filter was installed and match the new filter. Air flow direction is usually indicated by arrows on the filter.

person showcasing an open glove box.
5

Install the glove box

Install the glove box. Install using the same steps you did for removal.

When it’s time to change your engine air filter or cabin air filter, visit your neighborhood AutoZone.

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