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Kia Forte Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2010-2013 Kia Forte with photos.

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2013 Forte Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Glove Box Damper Arm
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) Kia Forte in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Kia or Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800029P, Fram CF10709, ATP RA-58, Ecogard XC35865, K&N VF2007, OEM CAF126P, Beck Arnley 042-2054, ATP CF-102, Mann Filter MC 1081, Purolator C35865, Pentius PHB5865, Mahle LA 301, Denso 453-6005 and Hastings AFC1350.

Pull Damper Arm Off Prongs
Glove Box Side Stopper
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Move to the outer edge of the right side wall and gently pop off the glove box damper arm from the two prongs on its mounting peg.

Remove Side Stop
Remove Left Side Stop
Two Side Stops Removed
Rotate the two black plastic and rubber side stops 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling them straight out.

Set the two side stopper aside in a safe place.

Lower Glove Box To Floor
Cabin Filter Access Panel
Two Tabs - Retaining Clip
Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

The rectangular shaped black plastic filter access cover is held in place by two retaining clips.

Two Tabs - Left Side
Squeeze Together Tabs
Pull Off Access Cover
Pinch together the two tabs on each side to release the retaining clips.

Pull the filter cover straight off the HVAC blower motor housing.

Access Cover Removed
Back Side of Access Panel
Old Filter In Slot
Once the filter cover has been removed, you'll be able to see the white edge of the OEM filter in the slot.
Slide Out Old Filter
Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot.

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 dirt, dust, hair, insects, pollen, leaves, twigs and exhaust particles, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the TYC 800029P cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.


Empty Filter Slot
Air Flow Arrow - Down
Slide In New Filter
Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

New Filter Installed
Filter Cover "Up" Arrow
Line Up Filter Cover
Line up the filter access panel with the "Up" arrow pointing up towards the windshield.
Push On - Secure Clip
Secure Right Side Clip
Raise Glove Box
Gently push on the filter cover to secure the two retaining clips.

Double check that the filter cover is firmly in place before moving on to the next steps.

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Pop On Damper Arm
Re-Insert Side Stop
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push the black plastic damper arm on to its mounting peg on the right outer side wall of the glove box.

Re-insert the two black plastic side stops and rotate them 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure them in place.

Replace Left Side Stop
Close Glove Box
Cabin Filter Replaced
Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

Enjoy the fresh air from your A/C system!

For more, check out my other 2010-2013 Kia Forte DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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