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Jeep Compass Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2nd generation 2017 to 2022 Jeep Compass SUV.

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2019 Compass Glove Box
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Open & Empty Out
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3 Screws - Top Edge
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and facelifted 2022) Jeep Compass SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Renegade, Gladiator, Cherokee, Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer, Charger, Challenger, Durango, RAM 1500, Promaster, 2500 and 3500 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement aftermarket cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: EcoGard XC10336, Fram CF11810, K&N VF1014, Premium Guard PC99158, Wix WP10106 and ‎TYC 800142C.

The tools needed to access the filter and complete this procedure include a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver, a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet, a plastic pry bar tool and a Phillips head screwdriver.

The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Locate the three black metal screws along the top edge of the glove box's interior.



 

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Middle Screw
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Remove Right Side Screw
Remove the top three screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the Torx T-25 screwdriver.

Set the three screws aside in a safe place.

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Three Screws Removed
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Move To Bottom Edge
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Pull Down Fabric Cover
Then move to the bottom edge of the glove box and locate the grey fabric trim cover.

Gently pull down the fabric cover to reveal the two screws on the bottom edge of the glove box.

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Remove Left Side Screw
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Remove Right Screw
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Five Screws Removed
Remove the two screws on the bottom edge by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the Torx T25 screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside with the other ones.

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Pry Off Side Cover
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Five Clips Released
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Locate Side Screw
Next, move to the side of the dashboard (close to the front passenger door).

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the trim cover on the outer edge of the dashboard.

There are five white plastic friction fastener retaining clips holding the side trim panel in place.

Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Side Screw Removed
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Six Screws Removed
Loosen the single screw on the outer edge of the dashboard with the Torx T-25 screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the others. At this point, you should have removed a total of six screws.

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Pull Out Glove Box
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Light Bulb Power Plug
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Lift Up Retaining Clip
Very carefully and gently pull the entire glove box assembly out of the dashboard.

Locate the electrical connector for the glove box light bulb housing.

Use a flat head screwdriver or the plastic pry bar tool to gently lift up the retaining clip on the power plug.

Slide the power plug straight out of its socket.

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Glove Box Removed
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Glove Box Light Wire
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HVAC Blower Motor
Set the glove box assembly aside in a safe place such as in the driver's seat.

Move the glove box light bulb wire out of the way.

Locate the metal bar that blocks access to the rectangular filter access slot.

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Remove Lower Screw
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Loosen Top Bolt
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Swing Metal Bar Up
Remove the screw on the bottom edge of the metal bar by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the Torx T25 screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the others.

Loosen the bolt on the top of the bar by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

You do not need to remove the bolt on the top of the bar. Just loosen it a few turns.

Rotate the metal bar up and out of the way.

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Loosen Phillips Screw
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Filter Cover Phillips Screw
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Seven Screws Removed
Loosen the silver metal screw on the bottom edge of the rectangular shaped filter cover by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

At this point, you should have removed a total of seven screws.

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Release Right Side Clip
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Swing Open Filter Cover
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Remove Tab On Left Side
Gently release the retaining clip on the right side of the filter access cover.

Swing open the filter access cover and remove the tab on the left side from its slot.

Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

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Old Air Filter Exposed
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Slide Out Old Air Filter
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Old Air Filter Removed
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Shop Vacuum
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Check Slot For Debris
If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, pollen, sand, soot, twigs, insects, leaves and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

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

Check the filter slot in the HVAC blower motor housing for any large debris such as leaves or dragonflies.

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Orientate Air Flow Arrow
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Slide In New Air Filter
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Line Up Access Panel
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) filter as marked as part number MicronAir B838 AA1455312560 9043 L3.

Orientate the "Air Flow" arrows on the new filter with them pointing down at the floor mat.

Slide the new air filter into the slot until it is flush with the opening.

Line up the filter access cover with the slot.

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Insert Tab In Slot On Left
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Push Right Side - Clip
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Replace Phillips Screw
Reinsert the tab on the left side of the cover into its corresponding slot.

Push on the right side of the cover to secure the retaining clip.

You should feel or hear the retaining clip "click" securely into place.

Replace the silver screw into the bottom edge of the filter cover by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screw to prevent from cracking the plastic filter cover.

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Swing Down Metal Bar
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Replace Torx Screw
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Tighten Silver Bolt
Swing the metal bar back down into place.

Replace the screw on the bottom of the metal bar by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Torx T25 screwdriver until it is snug.

Tighten the silver bolt on the top of the metal brace bar by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Glove Box Light Bulb
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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New 194 Bulb
If you were planning on upgrading your glove box light bulb to a brighter LED unit (which will also last much longer before burning out like the traditional incandescent bulb), now would be a good time to get that done.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket. The OEM unit was a 194 miniature wedge base bulb.

Install a new # 194 LED bulb into the socket.

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Replace Power Plug
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Replace Glove Box
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Push To Secure Clips
Hold the glove box near the dashboard.

Push the electrical connector for the glove box light bulb straight into its socket.

The power plug should "click" securely into place.

Line up the retaining clips on the back side of the glove box with their corresponding slots in the dashboard.

Push the glove box back into place to secure the friction fasteners.

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Replace Side Screw
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Replace Bottom Screws
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Tighten Clockwise
Replace the single screw into the side of the dashboard by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Torx T25 screwdriver until it is snug.

Replace the two T25 screws into the bottom edge of the glove box.

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Replace Top Screws
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Middle Torx Screw
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Tighten Right Screw
Replace the three Torx T25 screws into the top edge of the glove box.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic glove box.

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Line Up Trim Panel
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Tap To Secure Clips
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Close Glove Box - Done
Line up the side trim cover with the outer edge of the dashboard (close to the passenger door).

Carefully tap on the trim cover to secure the five white plastic retaining clips.

Replace the contents of your glove box and close it to complete the job.

Be sure to write down the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

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

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