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Honda Pilot Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2nd generation 2009 to 2015 Honda Pilot SUV.

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2010 Honda Pilot Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Push In Side Walls
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Honda Pilot SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owner's of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Odyssey, Insight, Ridgeline, CR-V, Fit, Civic, CR-Z, Crosstour, Accord, MDX, RDX, RLX, TL, TSX and ILX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement aftermarket cabin air filters with their part numbers include the following: Purolator C35519, Fram CF10134, TYC 800003P, Denso 453-2026, Wix 24897, Premium Guard PC5519, Pentius PHB5519, ACDelco CF159, Ecogard XC35519, Beck Arnley 042-2023, Bosch P3875, Champion Labs CAF1781 and Mann-Filter MC 1015.

No tools are needed to access the filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning and re-using the existing element.

Pull Out Side Stops
Lower Glove Box To Floor
Filter Access Cover
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box towards each other until the plastic side stops can be removed from behind the dashboard.

Gently lower the glove box down to the floor.

Once the glove box is out of the way, you'll see the HVAC system's blower motor housing and the rectangular black plastic filter access cover.

Push In Release Tab
Release Right Side Clip
Slide Out Filter Tray
Push in the tabs on the left and right side of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.

Slide the cabin air filter tray straight out of the slot.

Filter Tray Removed
Pull Out Filter Element
Clean & Replace Filter
Pull the old filter out of the plastic tray and set the tray aside in a safe place.

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

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF10134 "Fresh Breeze" cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If the new filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, be sure that it is pointing in the down direction.

Insert the new or cleaned filter back in to the plastic tray.


Slot In Blower Motor Housing
Slide In Tray - Air Flow Arrows
Push In - Secure Two Clips
If you have a crevice attachment for your vacuum, carefully clean out the filter slot in the blower motor housing of any visible debris.

Slide the filter tray straight in to the slot with the "Air Flow" arrows pointing down towards the floor mat.

Push in the filter tray until the two retaining clips click securely in to place.

Filter Tray Re-Installed
Raise Glove Box
Push Together Side Walls
Double check that the filter tray is secure.

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove until the plastic side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

Re-Insert Plastic Side Stoppers
Replace Contents
Close Glove Box
Replace contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

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

For more, please check out my other 2009-2015 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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