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Chevrolet Traverse Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or replace the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2009-2012 GM Chevy Traverse crossover SUV.

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Traverse Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Damper Arm On Right
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 GM Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV in cleaning or replacing the HVAC system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from GMC, Saturn, Buick, and Cadillac such as the Acadia, Terrain, Sierra, Yukon, Savana, Outlook, Verano, Regal, Lacrosse, Encore, Enclave, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Avalanche, Silverado, ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX, and Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filter with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CF11663, ACDelco CF179C, K&N VF1012, Cleenaire CAF11663, OEM CAF295C, GKI CF1238 and ATP CF-248.

No tools are needed to access the cabin air filter element.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be helpful for cleaning the existing filter.

Damper Arm Mounting Peg
Pull Damper Arm Forward
Damper Arm Released
The first two steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and open the glove box.

Empty out the contents of the glove box.

Then locate the glove box damper arm on the right side.

Release the damper arm by first firmly pulling it towards yourself to pop the round mounting peg from the smaller hole to the larger hole. Pull the damper arm mounting peg out of the hole.

Side Stop Release Knob
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Remove Right Side Stop
The glove box is held in the upright position by two side stops.

Release the left and right side stops by rotating the knobs 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Pull out the side stops and set them aside in a safe place such as down on the passenger floor mat.

Lower Glove Box
Black Plastic Filter Cover
Release 4 Retaining Clips
Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

Behind the glove box, you'll see the rectangular black plastic filter cover.

Press on the 4 retaining clips to release the filter cover and the attached tray.


Slide Out Filter Tray
Blower Motor Housing
Filter Tray Removed
Slide out the cabin air filter tray from the blower motor housing.

Pop the old filter element out of the tray. Make a mental note of how the "Air Flow" arrow is pointed down to the floor.

Clean or Replace Filter
Empty Filter Tray
Slide In Filter & Tray
If your old filter element is relatively clean, just tap out any large debris and re-insert it into the tray. You may also choose to clean it with a vacuum to remove fine dust particles.

If your old filter is dark black or grey and clogged with dirt, dust, insects, leaves, hair and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element such as the GM 20958479 or ACDelco CF179C.

I recommend buying the Fram CF11663 since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Push Tray In Place
Secure 4 Plastic Clips
Cabin Filter Replaced
Insert the cleaned or new air filter element into the tray with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down.

Slide the filter tray back into the blower motor housing until you hear the four retaining clips snap into place.

Raise Glove Box
Re-Insert Damper Arm
Re-Insert Side Stoppers
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Insert the mounting peg on the damper arm into the larger hole on the right side of the glove box.

Push the damper arm forward to lock the peg into the smaller hole.

1/4 Turn Clockwise
Glove Box Re-Installed
Close Glove Box
Insert the side stop and rotate the knobs 1/4 turn clockwise to lock them in place.

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

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Traverse Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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