How to – Easy cabin air filter replacement

Did you know that the air inside your vehicle can be six times more polluted than the air outside? Most people don’t even know that cabin air filters exist. About every vehicles made after 2000 contain this filter.  Manufacturers generally recommend replacing the filter every 20,000 to 30,000 kilometres depending on routine driving conditions. Simplified, it can be change roughly once a year. Knowing when to clean or replace your filter will help maintain air quality inside your cabin. Fortunately, changing your cabin air filter is an easy job. It took us no more than 10 minutes to do so. After this read, you will be able to include that quick maintenance task at regular intervals.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 10-20 minutes
  • How often: 12 to 24 months


The cabin air filter helps keep the air inside your vehicle free of dust, mould, pollen, and other fine particles. Those can be unpleasant or dangerous if inhaled. When a filter is dirty, environmental contaminants sneak through and can cause discomfort. A dirty or clogged filter can also prevent your car’s cooling and heating systems from working at their best.


Cabin air filters are often located on the passenger side under the glove box. They can also be under the hood, right behind the firewall. If you’re unsure where to look, the best way to locate it is to consult the owner’s manual. The filter in our Honda Civic is accessible from the glove box and took us about 10 minutes to change.

Get the right filter by looking on for the exact fit for your vehicle’s year, make, and model.

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Step 1: Empty your glove box

Start by clearing out your glove box. This is probably the longest step.

Step 2: Disconnect your glove box

Release the two pins holding the glove box in place to access the filter housing. Simply remove the cover (which opens like a door) and you will see the filter.

Step 3: Slide out the old filters

In this model, there are two filters side by side. Slide the filter housing out of the filter compartment.

Step 4: Replace the filters

Remove the filters from the case and put in the new ones. Remember that filters are made to filter air coming from one direction. To ensure the filters are installed correctly, pay attention to the airflow. It’s indicated on the filters and filter housing with a small arrow. Simply install the new ones with the arrows pointing in the same direction as the old ones.

Step 5: Reinstall in reverse order

Now you can drive knowing that the air you are breathing is clean and dust free! Want to learn more? Check our article on 5 tips you may not know about cabin air filters.

Check out the ignition parts and filters available on You can also trust one of our 600 NAPA Auto Parts stores for routine maintenance and repairs. To learn more about the difference between engine air filters and cabin filters, chat with an expert at your local NAPA Auto Parts store.

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