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Honda Pilot Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter in a 1st generation 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot with the part numbers.

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2006 Pilot Glove Box
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Open Glove Box - Empty Out
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Left Glove Box Retainer

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) Honda Pilot SUV in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX, NSX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers include the following: TYC 800079P, Fram CF8813A, Honda 80290-S0X-A01, POTAUTO MAP 1032C, ATP HA-3, Bosch 6059C, Denso 453-1006, K&N VF3004, WIX 24897 and ACDelco CF3160.

The tools needed to access and replace the cabin air filter include a Phillips head screwdriver and either a small hacksaw or a Dremel rotary tool.

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Outside of Glove Box
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Gently Remove Retainer
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Stoppers Removed
The first two steps are to open the glove box and then empty out the contents.

Gently remove the two side wall retaining clips or "stoppers" from the interior of the glove box.

You can either push the retainers towards the middle of the glove box from the outside or pull them in to the glove box from the interior.

Set the two retainers aside in a safe place.

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Glove Box Drops Down
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Close Glove Box
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Pull Off Step Panel
Raise the glove box back towards the dashboard and close it to secure the latch.

Gently pull off the plastic step rail trim panel.

It is held in place by three plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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Three Pop Rivet Fasteners
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Step Trim Panel Removed
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Right Passenger Kick Panel
Set the step rail trim panel aside in a safe place.

Move to the front passenger right side kick panel.

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Black Plastic Screw
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Plastic Fastener Removed
Spin off the black plastic fastener in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the black plastic fastener aside in a safe place.

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Pull Off Kick Panel
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Kick Panel Removed
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Right Glove Box Screw
Gently pull off the kick panel and set it aside in a safe place.

Look under the glove box and locate the two Phillips head screws. There is one screw on the left side and another on the right side.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Right Side Screw Removed
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Left Side of Glove Box
Loosen the two screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.
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Left Side Glove Box Screw
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Removing Left Screw
Set the two Phillips head screws aside in a safe place.
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Two Glove Box Screws
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Open Glove Box Latch
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Remove Glove Box
Carefully open the glove box latch to release it.

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

Move the glove box out of the way.

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Plastic Bar Removed
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Left Side Cut Mark
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Right Side Hacksaw Mark
If this is the first time that you are servicing the cabin air filter in your Pilot, you will need to cut away the plastic bar that covers the metal mounting bar behind it.

Use a small hacksaw or any other type of knife to carefully cut away the plastic bar.

For the cleanest cut, I recommend using a Dremel rotary tool.

If you don't remove the plastic bar, it will be more difficult to remove the cabin air filter access cover, remove the old filter and install the new one. The plastic bar doesn't serve much of a purpose, so you might as well just cut it out.

(This 2006 Pilot already had the plastic bar removed by the previous owner.)

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Remove Two Screws
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Two Left Side Screws
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Pull Out Metal Bar
Remove the two Phillips head screws on the left side of the metal glove box mounting bar by turning them counterclockwise.

Then remove the other two screws on the right side of the bar.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place.

(The four screws were missing on this Pilot.)



 

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Slide Out Left Side of Bar
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Set Metal Bar Aside
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HVAC Blower Motor
Gently slide out the metal glove box's lower mounting bar.

Set the metal bar aside in a safe place.

Once the metal bar has been removed, you'll have an obstructed view of the black plastic HVAC blower motor housing.

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Bottom of Filter Cover
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Gently Release Retaining Clip
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Pull Off Top of Filter Cover
Gently pull down on the bottom of the filter access cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing open the bottom of the filter cover and lift off the retaining clip on the top.

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Access Panel Removed
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Old Filter Exposed
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Slide Out Old Filter
Set the filter access cover aside in a safe place.

You'll notice that the plastic frame of the old cabin air filter is marked with an <--- "Air Flow" arrow that points to the left towards the driver side of the SUV.

Slide the old air filter straight out of the slot.

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<-- Air Flow Arrow
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Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I recommend buying the TYC 800079P cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Inspect Both Sides
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Empty Filter Slot
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Clean With Vacuum
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.
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Slide In New Air Filter
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New Air Filter Installed
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Air Flow Pointed Left
Orientate the <--- "Air Flow" arrow so that it is pointing to the left towards the driver side of the car.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

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Line Up Filter Cover
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Re-Attach Top of Cover
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Snap On Lower Clip
Line up the filter access cover over the slot.

First re-attach the slot on the top of the filter cover to the tab on the top of the slot.

Then gently pop the bottom of the filter cover back in to place.

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Line Up Metal Brace
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Replace Left Side
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Tighten Phillips Screws
Replace the metal bracket behind the remaining plastic pieces on the left and right side.
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Replace Right Side Screws
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Secure Glove Box Latch
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Replace Left Side Screw
Replace the four screws on the metal bracket by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push the glove box back in to dashboard and secure the top latch to temporarily hold it in place.

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Phillips Screw Replaced
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Replace Left Screw
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Left Screw Replaced
Replace the two screws under the bottom of the glove box by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.
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Line Up Kick Panel
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Replace Panel & Fastener
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Line Up Step Panel
Line up the kick panel and gently push it back in to place.

Spin on the black plastic fastener in the clockwise direction.

Line up the three pop rivets on the underside of the step panel and push it down in to place.

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Push On Step Trim Panel
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Glove Box Side Stoppers
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Replace Two Retainers
Open the glove box and re-attach the two rubber and plastic retainers.

(We are missing one of the side stoppers. A replacement glove box retainer piece is part number Honda 77508-SX0-000.)

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Left Retaining Clip Replaced
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Replace Contents
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Close Glove Box
Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

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

For more, check out all of my 2003-2008 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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