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Nissan Altima Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 5th generation 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nissan Altima.

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2014 Altima Glove Box
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Left Side Under Glove Box
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Filter Access Panel

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and possibly also the updated 2016 model year) Nissan Altima sedan 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, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800177P, Ecogard XC10020, Hastings AFC1550, Denso 453-5016, ATP CF-192, Mann Filter MC 1072, Bosch P3906WS, Champion CCF1848, Beck Arnley # 042-2212 and Wix WP10009.

No tools are needed to replace the filter. A vacuum may be useful for cleaning the existing element in order to re-use it.

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Black Plastic Release Tab
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Lift Up Release Tab
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Swing Open Filter Cover
The cabin air filter is located under the glove box and just in front of the passenger's left side kick panel.

The rectangular black plastic access panel is mounted vertically on the HVAC blower motor housing.

Reach in and gently push up the black plastic release tab at the bottom edge of the filter cover.

Swing the bottom of the filter cover open towards yourself.

Pull the tab at the top of the filter cover out of its slot.

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Filter Access Panel Removed
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Old Filter In Slot
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Carefully Pull Out Old Filter
Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the old filter out of the slot.

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Bend Down Past Air Ducts
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Old Cabin Filter Removed
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micronAir # 27277 3JC1A
You will need to compress the old filter a bit and angle it down towards the floor mat in order to get it past the air ducts and other obstructions.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.



 

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Inspect Old Filter
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Clean With Vacuum
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Empty Filter Slot
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust or pollen with a vacuum.

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

I recommend buying either the TYC 800177P or the Ecogard XC10020 cabin air filters since they have the best reviews on Amazon.

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Compress & Insert New Filter
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Re-Insert Tab At Top
If the new filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, orientate the filter with the arrow pointing back towards the rear of the vehicle.

Slightly compress the new filter and slide it in to the slot in the blower motor housing.

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

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Push - Secure Retaining Clip
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Filter Cover Replaced
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Alternative - Remove Glove Box
Gently push on the bottom edge of the filter cover until the retaining clip clicks securely in to place.

Double check that the filter access panel is securely in place.

(If you find it too difficult to access the cabin air filter, an alternative method is to remove the Phillips head screws holding the glove box in place before pulling it out of the dashboard. It is much easier to reach the filter access panel with the glove box out of the way.)

For more, check out my other 2013-2015 Nissan Altima DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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