Cabin Air Filter: How To Replace In 10 Minutes

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 vehicle made after the year 2000 contains this filter. Manufacturers generally recommend replacing the filter every 20,000 to 30,000 kilometers depending on routine driving conditions. Simplified, it should be changed at least 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.

Comparing a clean cabin filter to a dirty cabin air filter
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • How often: 12 to 24 months


The cabin air filter helps keep the air inside your vehicle free of dust, mold, 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.

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Step 1: Empty the Glovebox

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


Glovebox in the closed position Glovebox in the open position

Step 2: Disassemble the Glove Box

Release the two plastic pins on both sides that hold the glove box to gain access to the cabin filter housing. Depress the two clips on both sides of the filter housing and simply remove the cover (which opens like a door) and you will see the cabin air filter.

The glovebox is disassembled The disassembled glovebox exposes the cabin filter housing The cabin air filter housing with the two opening tabs on either side Person unclipping and removing the cabin filter tray out

Step 3: Remove the Old Cabin Air Filter

For some car models, there can be two filters located in different compartments of the car. In this case, there is only one cabin air filter located behind the glovebox. Slide the filter housing out of the filter compartment and remove the old cabin air filter.

A dirty cabin filter is removed from the cabin filter housing The new and clean cabin air filter is compared to the old and dirty cabin air filter

Step 4: Install the New Cabin Air Filter

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.

The cabin filter tray without a cabin filter The cabin filter has and arrow to indicate the direction of air flow through the filter The new cabin filter installed in the cabin filter tray Installing the new cabin filter into the cabin filter housing

Step 5: Reassemble the Glovebox

Reinstall your glovebox using the same steps you did for removal but in reserve order. Now that your vehicle has a new cabin air filter, 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.

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1 Reply to “Cabin Air Filter: How To Replace In 10 Minutes”

  1. Amrat says:

    It was useful tips for the update thank you

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