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GMC Terrain Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2010 to 2016 GMC Terrain SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2016 Terrain Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Plastic Retaining Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GMC Terrain in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Acadia, Yukon, Denali, Savana, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, SS, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado and Express may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco CF177, FRAM CF11819, TYC 800112P, Wix 49368, Mahle LA 777, Hastings AFC1359, Purolator C25836, Mann Filter MC 1068 and Premium Guard PC5836.

No tools are needed to access and replace the filter.

Push Up Tab - Release Box
Lower Glove Box
Disconnect Plastic Sockets
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the SUV, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Locate the large black plastic tab at the top of the opening in the dashboard for the glove box.

Gently push back the plastic tab and pull down the top edge of the glove box until it can be lowered past the tab.

Lower the glove box and disengage the plastic "C" shaped sockets from the plastic mounting bars on the bottom of the opening in the dashboard.

HVAC Blower Motor Housing
Filter Access Cover
Push Up Tab - Release Clip
Once the glove box is out of the way, you'll see the HVAC blower motor housing and the rectangular shaped filter access panel.

Gently push up the two black plastic tabs on the bottom edge of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.

Push Up 2nd Tab - Release
Flip Open Filter Cover
Slide Out Old Air Filter
Swing open the filter cover.

Pull the old air filter straight out of the slot.


Old Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
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 vacuum cleaner.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with pollen, dirt, dust, hair, insects, leaves, twigs, soot and other debris, it should be replaced with a 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 help stop the A/C system from smelling musty or moldy.

Empty Filter Slot
Install New Air Filter
New Cabin Filter Installed
If your vacuum has a crevice attachment, clean out any debris that might be stuck in the filter slot within the HVAC blower motor housing.

If the new filter has an "Air Flow", "Up" or "Down" arrow, orientate it in the correct direction.

An "Air Flow" arrow should be pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

Close Filter Cover
Push To Secure 2 Clips
Plastic Sockets - Glove Box
Flip down the filter cover and push on it to secure the two retaining clips.

You should hear or feel them "click" securely in to place.

Line up the "C" shaped sockets on the bottom edge of the glove box with the mounting bars on the bottom of the dashboard.

Re-Attach Hinges
Pull Tab In Front of Box
Close Glove Box
Firmly push the glove box in place to secure the plastic hinges.

Start closing the glove box and pull the retaining tab forward until it holds the glove box up.

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

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

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 GMC Terrain DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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