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Chevrolet Equinox Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or replace the HVAC system's cabin air filter element in a 2nd generation 2010 to 2016 Chevy Equinox.

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2012 Equinox Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Black Plastic Tab At Top
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GM Chevy Equinox in cleaning or replacing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other GM vehicles such as the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Avalanche, Silverado, Verano, Encore, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, Enclave, Canyon, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX and Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible aftermarket cabin air filter elements include the following with their part numbers: ACDelco CF177, Fram CF11819, Purolator C25836, Pentius PHB5836, Hastings AFC1359, and Fram # CF10742.

No tools are needed to access the filter, although a wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing OEM unit.

Tab At Top Removed
Lower Glove Box
Pull Apart Hinge At Bottom
The first two steps are to sit in the front passenger seat and open the glove box. Empty out the contents.

Then push the black plastic tab at the top out of the glove box out.

Gently lower the glove box and pull apart the hinge at the bottom. Set the glove box on the floor mat.

Blower Motor Housing
Release Two Clips
Open Filter Cover Door
Behind the glove box you'll see the black plastic blower motor housing and the rectangular cabin air filter access door.

Press up on the two retaining clips to release them and swing the filter cover upwards.

Slide Out Old Filter
Empty Filter Housing
OEM Filter At 28K Miles


Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the housing and make a mental note of which direction the "Air Flow" indicator arrow is pointed if one is present.

If the original filter looks relatively clean, tap out the large debris and remove the fine dust with a vacuum cleaner before re-inserting the element.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF11819 "Fresh Breeze" cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon. I also like how it has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in the filter to keep the A/C system from smelling musty or moldy.

The OEM General Motors ACDelco CF177 filter is also a good choice.

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Slide In Cleaned/New Filter
New Filter Installed
Slide the cleaned or new filter straight in to the housing. If the new cabin filter has an "Air Flow" indicator arrow, it should be pointed down towards the floor mat.

Swing the filter cover down and push on it until the two fastener clips snap in to place.

Close Filter Cover
Snap Retaining Clips
Push Together Hinge
Lift up the glove box and re-connect the hinge at the bottom.
Insert Tab At Top
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Close Glove Box
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard and pull the black plastic stopper tab at the top back in the box.

Close the glove box to finish the job.

For more, check out my other GM Chevrolet Equinox DIY Repair Guides.

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