How to Change Cabin Filter in Cars

by Contributing Writer

Replacing the cabin air filter on a Chrysler car is a relatively simple process involving removal of the cowl located in front of the windshield. The task can actually be accomplished with two tools. There is no predetermined replacement period for the cabin air filter. That responsibility is left to the owner. Replacement intervals are dependent on the climatic zone in which one lives, as well as the time of the year. The best method for determining a replacement period is to inspect the filter regularly at first, to determine the speed at which it becomes compromised.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change Cabin Filter in Ford F350

Locate the cabin air filter access cover under the passenger’s side of the dash. There are five Phillips head screws holding the cover on the air duct that will make it easier to identify.

Remove the five retaining screws from the access cover with a Phillips screwdriver and set them aside. Remove the cover from the air duct.

Locate the plastic tab on the center of the filter just inside the air duct. Grasp the tab and pull the filter straight out of the duct.

Slide the new air filter into the air duct, making sure it locks into position. Be sure the plastic tab used to remove the filter is on the bottom for easy removal in another 10,000 miles.

Position the access cover on the air duct and install the five retaining screws with a Phillips head screwdriver. Tighten the screws until they are secure, being careful not to overtighten them.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 How to Change the Cabin Filter in a F-150

Open the glove compartment and remove its contents.

Remove the two screws on the inside top of the glove compartment to unhook it from the dash.

Pivot the glove box down toward the floor of the F-150 to expose the cabin filter housing.

Press in on the clips on both sides of the cabin filter housing to unhook it. Pull the filter housing cover off.

Pull the old filter straight out of the filter compartment to remove it.

Slide the new filter into the filter compartment. Make sure the arrow printed on the filter is pointing toward the roof of the F-150.

Replace the filter housing cover. Press on the sides of the cover until it snaps into place.

Lift the glove compartment up and reposition it to the original position. Replace the two screws that secure the glove compartment to the dash.

Items you will need

  • Flat screwdriver

  • New cabin filter

 How Do I Replace a Cabin Filter on a 2000 Chevy S10 Pickup?

Remove the kick plate near where your left leg would be if you were sitting in the passenger seat. The kick plate is below and to the left of the glove box. There will be four screws to remove. Then pull off the kick plate.

Unscrew the single screw that holds the door to the cabin air filter closed.

Pull out and up to remove the door.

Remove the cabin air filter.

Replace the cabin air filter with a new one.

Replace the door by lining it up and pushing down to lock it back into place.

Screw the screw into the door to hold it closed.

Line the kick plate up and hold it in place while you replace the four screws to hold it on.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Cabin air filter

 How to Change the Cabin Filter on a Ford F-350

Open the passenger side door.

Look underneath the glove box. You should see a small rectangle, about 3 inches on each side, held in place with Phillips screws. Remove these with the screwdriver and set them aside.

Pull the old cabin filter out by the tab in the center.

Remove the new filter from its packaging and slide it into the retaining clips. Make sure the access tab is facing downward for easy access.

Replace the cabin air filter cover. Secure in place with the screws.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • New cabin filter

 How to Replace in Cabin Filter on KIA Rio

Open the glove box and empty out its contents.

Locate the tab on either end of the glove box, use a flat blade screwdriver to disengage each tab. This will allow the glove box to drop down and reveal the cabin filter.

Pull the old cabin filter out. Note the direction of the filter before you remove it.

Place the new cabin filter into position. Be sure to install the new filter in the same direction as the old one.

Lift the glove box up to reengage the retaining tabs.

Refill the glove box.

Items you will need

  • Flat blade screwdriver

 How to Replace the Cabin Filter on a 1992 Chevy 1500 Truck

Locate the plastic kick panel under the glove box. The panel has several screws holding it to the underside of the dashboard. Remove the screws with a screwdriver and pull the panel off the underside of the dashboard.

Remove the screws from the cabin air filter lid with a screwdriver. The lid rests just above the kick panel you just removed.

Pull both filters out of the filter box. Pay attention to the way the filters are oriented inside the box.

Push the new filters into the box and ensure both filters are oriented correctly.

Place the lid back onto the filter box and secure it using the screws and the screwdriver.

Place the kick panel back under the dashboard and secure it using the screws and screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

 How to Replace the Cabin Filter in a PT Cruiser

Place the windshield wipers in the up position. To do this, place the ignition key in the "On" position and turn on the windshield wipers. When the wipers are in the up position, turn the key to the "Off" position.

Open the hood and remove the plastic cowl located in front of the windshield -- this is the black plastic vent that covers the windshield wiper motor. It is held secure by trim fasteners; each of these fasteners is similar to a button with a plastic screw pushed down in its center, which acts like a wedge to spread the fastener apart. Use a small screwdriver to pry the center screw's head up, then grip it with your fingers and pull the fastener out.

Remove the windshield washer bottle to access the filter directly behind it. Use a 10 mm socket driver and remove the one bolt on the passenger side and the two bolts on the driver's side. Move the bottle forward and to the side to unblock the cabin air filter grill. Pull the black grill off the air filter box and pull the air filter out.

Install a new air filter, then the grill. Move the washer bottle back into place, align the holes and install and tighten the bolts. Place the cowl in place and install the trim fasteners. Keep the head of the fastener up while pushing the lower portion in the hole. Once the lower portion is seated, press down on the head of the center screw to lock the fastener in place.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm socket driver

  • Small pocket screwdriver

 How to Change the Cabin Filter on a Mitsubishi Endeavor

Open the glove compartment.

Remove the four screws, two on the top of the glove compartment and two on the bottom, with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Unhook the stop bar on the right side of the glove compartment.

Pull the glove compartment out of the dash. Disconnect the light wire once the glove compartment is about halfway out.

Press the tabs on both sides of the cabin filter cover towards the middle of the filter compartment to unhook them. Remove the cabin filter cover.

Slide the old filter out of the filter housing.

Insert the new filter into the housing. Make sure the "Up" arrow printed on the filter is pointing towards the ceiling of the Endeavor.

Replace the cabin filter cover.

Insert the glove compartment back into the dash. Reconnect the light wire once the compartment is halfway in.

Reconnect the stop bar over the hook on the right side of the glove compartment. Replace the four screws that hold the glove compartment in place

Items you will need

  • New cabin air filter

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 How to Replace a Cabin Filter in a Suzuki XL-7

Turn the engine off. Using your pliers, unhook the negative (black) cable nut from the battery post. Lift the cable to detach it. Wait five to 10 minutes for the power-reserve system to discharge.

Access the driver's side footwell area. Remove the fuse-panel door on the left side of the footwell panel. Inspect the diagram on the panel. Remove the fuse marked "Airbag."

Reach underneath the steering column. Find the wiring harness extending from side to side. Locate the yellow connection. Lift the cover from the plug, and then disconnect the the harness.

Open the glove compartment. Push the walls of the compartment inward to release the glove compartment door from the stops. Lower the door to access the cabin filter.

Remove the cover from the yellow connection inside the cabin filter compartment. Unplug the connection. Pull down the top part of the cabin filter door, and then pull it away to remove it.

Slide out the primary cabin filter, and then slide out the secondary cabin filter. Insert the new secondary filter, and then insert the new primary filter.

Snap the cabin filter door back into place. Reconnect the yellow connection within the filter compartment. Snap the cover back on.

Push up the glove compartment door. Push the walls inward to raise the door above the stops. Let go to expand the walls. This latches the compartment back into the stops.

Reconnect the yellow connection beneath the steering column. Snap the connection cover back on.

Re-insert the fuse marked "Airbag" into the proper slot. Replace the fuse panel cover. Re-attach the negative cable to the battery. Tighten the nut.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Replacement cabin filters

 How to Change the Cabin Filter in a 2003 Buick

LeSabre and Park Avenue Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Open the hood. Locate the cover for the cabin air filter housing on the passenger side of the cowl area below the windshield.

Remove the cabin air filter housing cover by unsnapping it by hand and removing it from the engine compartment.

Locate the release lever on the left side of the cabin air filter element, which was revealed after removal of the cover.

Push the release lever out and slide the filter element straight out of the filter housing.

Push the release lever out and slide a new filter element into the housing. Let go of the lever when the filter is fully seated on the two tracks in the filter housing.

Snap the filter housing cover back into place and close the hood.

Century and Regal Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Turn the ignition key to the accessory position and turn on the windshield wipers. Turn the key off when the wipers in their uppermost position. This step is necessary, as the wiper arm obstructs access to the cabin air filter housing.

Open the hood. Pull the rubber weather stripping loose from the flange where the cowl meets the firewall on the passenger side of the car by pulling it straight off the flange. Do not completely remove the weather stripping, as this is not necessary.

Carefully pry the windshield washer fluid hose from the three retaining clips on the passenger side of the cowl with a flat-blade screwdriver. Remove the plastic cowl cover by prying up the screw cap in the center of the cover with a flat-blade screwdriver and removing the three retaining fittings with a Philips screwdriver. Lift up on the cowl cover and remove it from the engine bay.

Pull the cabin air filter element out of the filter housing revealed after removing the cowl cover. Push a new filter element into the housing. Place the cowl cover back into place and tighten the retaining fittings with a Philips screwdriver. Push down on the screw cap until it snaps into place. Snap the windshield washer fluid hose back into the retaining clips.

Push the weather stripping back into place and close the hood. Turn the key to accessory, turn the windshield wipers off, then turn the key off.

Items you will need

  • Replacement cabin air filter element

  • Flat-blade screwdriver

  • Philips screwdriver

 How to Change the Cabin Filter in a Jaguar X-Type

Open the hood.

Carefully pry the five push screws that hold the front of the black cowling to the metal lip of the fire wall. (It is the plastic cover underneath the windshield wipers)

The filter lays opposite the intake vent on the driver's side. Carefully lift the cowling from under, starting on the passenger side, in the corner near the hood strut mounting. Apply gentle pressure until the hidden trim pin ''pops''

Continue moving from the passenger side towards the driver's side, gently lifting the cowling, until another two trim pins have ''popped''. This will give you enough room to handle the cabin filter.

Carefully lift the cowling to get to the filter, which is mounted against the fire wall. Rotate the hinged filter holder on top of the filter housing. (Rotate up, and towards the rear of the vehicle).

Pull out the old filter.

Install the new filter, noting that the flow arrow should point towards the rear of the vehicle.

Re-install in the reverse order of removal. Be sure to pop the cowling firmly back into place. No problems re-aligning the hidden trim screws.

Items you will need

  • Needle Nose Pliers

  • New Cabin Filter