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Jeep Grand Cherokee Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC cabin air filter element in a "WK2" 4th generation 2011 to 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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2012 Grand Cherokee Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Damper String On Right
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation "WK2" (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Grand Cherokee in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles with similar blower motor housings such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Patriot, Compass, Cherokee, Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, Dart and C/V Tradesman may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800161P, Bosch P3912WS, Wix 24017, Mahle LA 780, OEM CAF266P, Hastings AFC1501, micronAir CY10209P and Ecogard XC36156.

No tools are needed to access the cabin air filter.

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

Pop Round Button Out
Damper String Detached
Pull In Side Walls
The first three steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then release the damper string mount on the right side wall of the glove box by popping the small round black plastic button forward from the smaller hole to the larger hole. Pull the damper string mount straight out of the right side wall of the glove box.

Push the two side walls of the glove box firmly inwards until the felt fabric covered side stops can be removed from behind the dashboard.

Release Side Stops
Lower Glove Box To Floor
Cabin Filter Access Panel
Once both the stoppers on the left and right sides have been released, you can lower the glove box down to the passenger floor mat.

The hinge at the bottom of the glove box may become separated, but it can easily be re-attached later.

Behind the glove box, you'll be able to see the rectangular black plastic cabin air filter access panel on the HVAC blower motor housing.

Press In Clip On Left Side
Swing Cover Open To Right
Pull Off Filter Cover
Release the retaining clip on the left side of the cabin filter cover by pushing it inwards.

Then swing the cover open to the right side and detach the slots from the tabs.

Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.


Old Cabin Filter Exposed
Slide Out Old Air Filter
Inspect Both Sides
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot in the blower motor housing.

Make a mental note of how the "Air Flow" or "Down" arrow is orientated on the old filter. In most vehicles, the "Air Flow" arrow should be pointing down towards the passenger floor mat.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

Vacuum Clean OEM Filter
Filter Slot In Blower Housing
"Down" Air Flow Arrow
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum.

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

I recommend buying the TYC 800161P cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Check the filter slot in the blower motor housing for any debris. If you have a crevice attachment for your vacuum, clean out the slot.

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

Line Up Filter Cover
Insert Tabs In Slots On Right
Push On Clip - Left Side
Line up the filter cover with the two curved slots on the right and the retaining clip on the left side.

First insert the slots on the right side of the cover on to the tabs on the right side of the blower motor housing.

Then gently push the left side of the cover on until the retaining clip clicks in to place. Double check that the filter access cover is secure before moving on to the next steps.

Filter Access Cover Secured
Re-Attach Glove Box Hinge
Push In Sides - Insert Stops
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Line up the sockets on the bottom of the glove box with their corresponding mounting bars on the dashboard.

Push them together to re-assemble the glove box hinge.

Push in firmly on the two side walls of the glove box until the felt fabric covered side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

Line Up Damper String Mount
Pop In Damper String Button
Close Glove Compartment
Re-insert the small black plastic button on the damper string mount in to the larger hole on the right side wall of the glove box.

Snap the button forwards in to the smaller hole to secure it in place.

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

For more, check out my other Jeep Grand Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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