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  • You can usually find the cabin air filter behind the glove compartment.
  • Accessing it typically involves removing the box from its fasteners.
  • On some vehicles, the filter is under the hood. To access it, simply lift the hood and remove the plastic cover to access the filter.

Q: Where Is the Cabin Air Filter Typically Located?

A: The cabin air filter is usually behind the glove compartment. You can access it by removing the box from the fasteners holding it in place.

For some vehicles, the filter is under the hood. If this is the case for you, simply lift the hood and remove the plastic cover to access the filter. The filter could also be somewhere beneath the dashboard.

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A cabin air filter | Image Source: Richard McCuistian
, Where Is the Cabin Air Filter Located?

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Pro Tip: Some Teslas have an air filter behind the glove box and a much larger one at the rear of the front cargo area. Nissan Altimas will have the filter right up against the bulkhead in the center.

The first vehicle that came with a cabin air filter was the 1995 Ford Contour. The cabin air filter traps contaminants, like dust, dirt, and mold, to purify the air you breathe in the cabin. It gets clogged over time, limiting register airflow.

Tips on How to Access the Cabin Air Filter

The owner’s manual that comes with your vehicle should have all the necessary information regarding the cabin air filter. This includes where it’s located, how to remove it, when to replace it, and more.

Also, note some manufacturers opted not to include an cabin air filter for some of their models. So if there’s nothing written on the manual, chances are your car doesn’t have it either.

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