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Ford Fusion Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter in a 2nd generation 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion with pictures.

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2014 Fusion Glove Box
Gently Pry Off Trim Panel
Loosen With Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and probably also the refreshed 2017 model year) Ford Fusion sedan in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fiesta, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Wix WP10084, Ecogard XC10011, TYC 800187P, Motorcraft FP71, Parts Master 94367, Hastings AFC1571, GKI CF1182, Fram CF11775 and OEM # CAF269P.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a flathead screwdriver (or a plastic automotive panel pry bar), a 7mm socket, an extension bar, a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver.

Trim Panel Removed
Pull Off Front Bezel
Plastic Trim Strip Removed
The cabin air filter is located in the HVAC blower motor housing which is behind the glove box.

Open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Gently pull off the plastic trim panel on the outside edge of the dashboard.

Loosen the panel with your fingers and if necessary, use a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal tool to pry it off.

Set the outer edge trim panel aside in a safe place.

Then gently pull off the plastic trim piece that runs along the dashboard just above the glove box and surrounds the air vent.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the plastic bezel should pop off relatively easily.

Set the trim panel aside in a safe place.

Two Top 7mm Screws
Loosen Counterclockwise
Remove 2nd 7mm Screw
Remove the two screws along the upper edge of the glove box by turning them counterclockwise with the 7mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Remove Lower 7mm
2nd Lower 7mm Screw
Pull Out Left Side Screw
Then remove the two 7mm screws on the bottom edge of the glove box by turning them counterclockwise.

(Make sure you don't accidentally remove the bolts on the knee air bag unit which is located under the glove box. The bolts on the airbag are 8mm.)

There is one screw on the right side facing down towards the floor mat.

The screw on the left side of the glove box is installed at an angle.

You might need a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the screw on the left side.

Four 7mm Screws Removed
Gently Pull Out Glove Box
Release Friction Fasteners
Gently pull out the right side of the glove box to disengage the white plastic friction fasteners.
Glove Box Removed
Plastic Clips & Slots
Press In Release Tab
Once the glove box has been removed, you can access the electrical connector for the glove box light.

Press in the release tab on the power plug and slide it straight out of its socket.

Disconnect Power Plug
HVAC Blower Motor Housing
Loosen Counterclockwise
Gently lower the glove box down to the passenger floor mat.

Locate the two screws that secure the rectangular black plastic filter access panel to the HVAC blower motor housing.

Remove 2nd Phillips Screw
6 Screws Removed
Filter Access Cover
Remove the two screws on the filter access cover by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

There is one screw on the left side and another on the far right side.

Set the screws aside with the other fasteners.


Gently Push Out Clip
Release Right Side Clip
Pull Out Top Plastic Tab
Gently push out the retaining clip on the left side of the cover and the other clip on the right side.

Then pull out the two large black plastic tabs on the top edge of the filter cover.

Release 2nd Plastic Tab
Swing Open Filter Cover
Slide Out Old Cabin Filter
Flip down the hinged filter access cover to open it.

Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot.

Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Empty Filter Slot
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, leaves, insects, twigs, pollen and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I'd recommend going with the Ecogard XC10011 cabin air filter since it has the best reviews on Amazon.

"Air Flow" Arrow Down
Slide In New Filter
Close Hinged Cover
If the new filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, orientate the filter with the arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

Swing the filter cover up and gently snap it back in to place to secure the retaining clips.

Tighten Phillips Head Screw
Tighten 2nd Screw Clockwise
Glove Box Light Power Plug
Re-insert the two Phillips head screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Lift the glove box and hold it near the dashboard.

Slide the electrical connector for the glove box light back in to its socket.

Line Up Clips & Slots
Push Glove Box In Place
Tighten 7mm Clockwise
Line up the white plastic friction fastener clips on the rear of the glove box with their corresponding slots.

Gently push the glove box back in to place.

Re-insert the two 7mm screws on the upper edge of the glove box and tighten them in the clockwise direction.

Replace 2nd Top Screw
Lower Right 7mm Screw
Left Side 7mm Screw
Then replace the two 7mm screws on the bottom edge of the glove box.
Spin In Clockwise
Tighten With Wrench
Push On Air Vent Bezel
I recommend using the 7mm socket attached to an extension bar to spin in the left side screw which is installed at about a 45 degree angle.

Line up the plastic trim panel over the A/C vent and gently push it back in to place.

Trim Piece Secured
Line Up Outside Cover
Push Panel In Place
Line up the outside edge panel and gently push it back in to place.

Enjoy the fresh clean air from your A/C system!

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Fusion DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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