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Nissan Pathfinder Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C cabin air filter in a 4th generation 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder including the part numbers.

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2016 Pathfinder Glove Box
Passenger Kick Panel
HVAC Blower Motor
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and possibly also the refreshed 2017 model year) Nissan Pathfinder SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Sentra, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Ecogard XC10020, ACDelco CF3290, WIX WP10009, Beck Arnley 042-2212, Hastings AFC1550, Fram CF11776 and EcoGard XC10219C.

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

Filter Access Cover
Black Plastic Release Tab
Push Up To Release Cover
The first step is to move to the front passenger foot well area.

The filter access cover is located below the glove box and on the left side just in front of the center console kick panel.

Gently lift the tab at the bottom of the filter access cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing Out Bottom of Cover
Filter Cover Removed
Tab At Top End of Cover
Swing the bottom of the filter cover away from the blower motor housing.

Pull the filter cover down to disengage the tab at the top of the cover from its slot.

Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

Old Filter Exposed
Bottom Half In Slot
Gently Pull Out Old Filter
Pinch the bottom edge of the old filter and gently slide it out of the slot.

You may need to compress the filter to get it past the various obstructions located below the dashboard.


Angle Down To Remove
Old Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
Continue sliding out the old filter and angle it down towards the floor mat.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I recommend buying the Ecogard XC10020 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.

Empty Filter Slot
Slide In New Air Filter
New Filter Installed
If the new filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, make sure it is pointing towards the rear of the SUV.

Compress the new cabin air filter and slide it in to the slot.

Make sure that the exposed side of the new filter is flush with the opening in the filter slot.

Line Up Filter Access Cover
Re-Insert Tab At Top
Slot at Top of Filter Slot
Line up the filter access cover with the tab at the top and the retaining clip at the bottom.

Re-insert the tab at the top of the cover in to the slot at the top of the filter opening.

Line Up Retaining Clip
Push In To Secure Clip
Filter Cover Replaced
Push on the bottom of the filter cover until you hear or feel the retaining clip "click" securely in to place.

Double check that the filter cover is secure.

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

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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