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VW Tiguan Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2009 to 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV.

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2016 Tiguan Glove Box
Under Dashboard
Footwell Foam Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Volkswagen Tiguan SUV in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other VW or Audi vehicles such as the Jetta, Passat, CC, Atlas, Touareg, Golf, Beetle, A3, S3, RS 3, A4, S4, A5, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS 7, A8, Q3, Q5, TT and Q7 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mann-Filter CUK 2939, EPAuto CP939, Fram CF10373, Volkswagen 1K1-819-653-B, Bosch C3807WS, TYC 800015C, POTAUTO MAP 4002C, Wix 24489, MAHLE LA 181 and Hastings AFC1355.

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

Loosen Counterclockwise
Right Side Plastic Screw
Loosen Second Screw
The first two steps are to open the front passenger door and look under the glove box.

Locate the foam trim cover just under the glove box and dashboard.

Remove the two round black plastic thumb screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction.

Spin Out Counterclockwise
Pull Down Foam Panel
Trim Cover Removed
Set the two black plastic screws aside in a safe place.

Gently pull down the foam footwell trim panel.

Set the foam cover aside in a safe place.

Cabin Filter Housing
Slide Filter Cover To Right
Release Plastic Hooks
Locate the rectangular shaped black plastic filter access cover at the bottom of the HVAC blower motor housing.

Place your fingers on the plastic tab on the right side of the filter access cover.

Firmly pull the filter cover towards the right (passenger) side of the car.

By sliding the cover to the right, you'll disengage the six plastic hooks that secure it in place.

Six Plastic Hooks
Slide Out Old Filter
Old Filter Removed
Set the filter access cover aside in a safe place.

Carefully slide the old air filter straight down and out of the slot.

You'll notice that the slanted corned of the old filter is situated at the top right (passenger) side of the element.

The new filter will be installed in the same orientation.


Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I recommend buying the Mann-Filter CUK 2939 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

The OEM filter in this 2016 Tiguan was marked as part number VW AG 1K0 819 644 B (Valeo 983051G-E).

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
Line Up New Filter
Slide In New Air Filter
Orientate the new air filter with the slanted corner situated at the top right (passenger) side.

Slide the new air filter up into the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

New Filter Installed
Line Up 6 Plastic Hooks
Slide Cover To Left
If the new filter won't stay up in the slot by itself, hold it in place with one hand.

Then use your other hand to line up the six plastic hooks on the filter access cover with their corresponding holes in the new filter.

Slide the filter cover to the left (driver) side to secure the six plastic hooks in place.

Six Hooks Secured
Filter Cover Secured
Re-Insert Footwell Cover
Double check that the filter cover is securely in place before moving on to the next steps.

Line up the foam footwell trim panel with the underside of the dashboard.

Trim Cover Replaced
Re-Insert Plastic Screws
Tighten Clockwise
Gently push the footwell trim panel back into place.

Line up the two holes in the foam cover with their corresponding holes under the dashboard.

Spin in the two black plastic thumb screws in the clockwise direction.

Replace Second Fastener
Foam Cover Secured
Cabin Air Filter Replaced
Tighten the thumb screws until the are snug.

Be sure to record the cabin air filter change in your SUV's service records.

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

For more, please check out my other 2009-2017 VW Tiguan DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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