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Ford Taurus Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC cabin air filter element in a 6th generation 2010-2014 Ford Taurus sedan with photos.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Left Side - Damper Arm
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Taurus sedan in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with similar HVAC blower motor housings such as the Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, Mustang, C-Max, Escape, Transit Connect, Explorer, Edge, Expedition, Flex, MKS, MKZ, MKT, MKX, Navigator, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Wix 24068, Motorcraft FP-68, TYC 800151P, Fram CF11176, Hastings AFC1500, ATP FA-18, ATP # CF-221, ACDelco CF2230, K&N VF1011 and Champion CCF1885.

No tool are required to change the cabin air filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing element and the filter slot.

Pop Mounting Button Back
Pull Out Damper Arm
Push Side Walls In
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then locate the black plastic damper arm on the left side of the glove box.

Pull the damper arm towards you to pop the mounting button out of the smaller hole and in to the larger hole on the left side wall of the glove box.

Remove the mounting round plastic mounting button out of the side wall of the glove box to disconnect the damper arm.

Release Side Stops
Lower Glove Box
Blower Motor Housing
Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box to release the felt fabric covered side stops from behind the dashboard.

Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat. The hinge at the bottom of the glove box may separate, but it can easily be re-assembled later.

Behind the glove box, you'll see the black plastic housing with the white plastic blower motor attached to the front.

The rectangular black plastic filter access cover is located just below the white plastic blower motor.

Filter Access Cover
Pull Off Retaining Clips
Pop Off Left Side Clip
Hook your finger underneath each of the plastic retaining clips on the bottom edge of the filter access cover and pop them off.

Once you have released both the left and right side retaining clips, you can slide the filter cover down and off the blower motor housing.


Filter Cover Removed
White OEM Cabin Filter
Slide Out Old Filter
Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

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

Make a mental note of how the "Air Flow" or "Down" arrow is situated on the old filter. The arrows should be pointing down towards the floor mat.

Empty Filter Slot
Inspect Both Sides
Slide In New Air Filter
Inspect both sides of the old air 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 and hair, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Ford OEM Motorcraft FP-68 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Slide the new or cleaned cabin air filter straight in to the slot with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor.

Air Flow Arrow Pointing Down
Insert Tabs At Top
Push On Retaining Clips
Line up the filter cover over the slot in the blower motor housing so that the lettering (e.g. "FOMOCO") can be read.

Insert the two tabs on the top edge of the filter cover in to their corresponding slots.

Then swing the cover closed and push on it to secure the two retaining clips on the bottom edge.

Filter Cover Replaced
Re-Attach Glove Box Hinges
Pop In Damper Arm
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Push the hinges on the bottom edge back together.

Insert the round black plastic mounting button on the damper arm in to the larger hole on the left side wall of the glove box and then push it forward (away from you) in to the smaller hole to lock it in place.

Push In Side Walls
Re-Insert Side Stoppers
Close Glove Box
Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box and re-insert the side stops behind the dashboard.

Replace the contents and close the glove box.

For more, please check out my other Ford Taurus DIY Repair Guides.

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