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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C cabin air filter element in a 3rd generation 2011-2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

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2015 Outlander Sport Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Glove Box Damper Arm
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the blower motor housing behind the glove box.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Lancer, Outlander, Mirage, ASX, RVR, Galant, I-MIEV, Montero, Eclipse, 3000GT, Endeavor, Raider, Diamante, Attrage, Carisma, Colt, Grandis, Magna, Pajero and the Space Star may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: FRAM CF10140, K&N VF2004, POTAUTO MAP 1007W, F1AUTO FC35530, Pentius PHB5530, Magneti Marelli 1AMFC00010, Mann Filter MCF 1012, Ecogard XC35530, Wix 49363 and ACDelco CF3147.

No tools are needed to access and replace the cabin air filter.

Pull Off Damper Arm
Damper Arm Came Off
Push In Side Walls
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 right side wall of the glove box and locate the glove box damper arm.

Gently pull the damper arm off the two pronged mounting peg.

(If the entire damper arm assembly detaches from the dashboard, just set it aside for re-installation later on.)

Then firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box towards each other.

Release Side Stops
Lower Glove Box
Gently Pull Out Clip
Release the plastic side stops from behind the dashboard.

Allow the glove box to gently lower down towards the floor mat.

Once the glove box it out of the way, you'll be able to see the HVAC blower motor housing and the rectangular shaped filter access cover.

Gently pull out the plastic loop on the right and also the left side of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.

Release Left Side Clip
Filter Cover Removed
Old Filter Exposed
Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.
Slide Out Old Filter
Filter Slot & Blower Motor
Old Filter Removed
Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot.

If you see any large debris in the filter slot, blower motor housing, or the "squirrel cage", remove it with a vacuum cleaner and a crevice attachment.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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

I recommend buying the FRAM CF10140 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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


Inspect Both Sides
"Air Flow" Arrows
Install New Air Filter
Check the new air filter for an "Air Flow" or possibly instead an "Up" arrow.

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

Slide the new filter straight in to the filter slot.

New Air Filter Installed
Line Up Filter Cover
Push On Access Cover
Line up the filter access cover and push it back on to the front of the blower motor housing.

You should hear or feel the two retaining clips click in to place.

Re-Attach Arm To Peg
Push On Damper Arm
Push In Side Walls
If the glove box damper arm fell off, pop the middle hole on to the plastic mounting peg.

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Push the bottom hole on the damper arm on to the mounting peg attached to the right side of the glove box.

Re-Insert Plastic Stoppers
Replace Contents
Close Glove Box - Done!
Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box until the plastic side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

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

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

For more, check out all of my 2011-2017 Mitsubishi Outlander DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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