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Hyundai Santa Fe Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV.

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2014 Santa Fe Glove Box
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Open Glove Box - Empty Out
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Damper Arm - Right Side

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the face lifted 2017 model year) Hyundai Santa Fe in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Forte, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800157P, Fram CF11819, Wix 24013, Champion CCF1817, Potauto MAP 1026C, F1AUTO FC36179, ACDelco CF3316 and Purolator C36179.

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

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Pull Arm Off Mounting Peg
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Glove Box Side Stop
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Gently pull the damper arm off the two pronged mounting peg on the outer right side of the glove box.

Then locate the two round plastic side stops on the interior of the glove box.

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Side Stopper Removed
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Left Side Plastic Stop
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Lower Glove Box To Floor
Rotate the side stops 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling them straight out of the glove box.

Set the two side stops in a safe place.

Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat to access the HVAC blower motor housing and the filter slot.

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Filter Access Panel
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Two Prongs - Right Side
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Pinch - Release Clip
Squeeze together the two tabs on the right side of the rectangular shaped filter access cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing open the right side of the filter cover.

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Swing Open Filter Cover
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Filter Cover Removed
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Slot In HVAC Blower
Remove the plastic tab on the left side of the filter cover from it's slot.

Set the filter access panel aside in a safe place.



 

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Slide Out Air Filter
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OEM Filter Removed
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Inspect Both Sides
Slide the old cabin filter straight out of the slot.

Inspect both sides of the OEM filter.

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

I recommend buying the TYC 800157P filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you've had a problem with your air conditioning system smelling musty or moldy, consider buying the Fram CF11819 "Fresh Breeze" filter which has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in it to help absorb odors.

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Clean With Vacuum
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"Air Flow" Arrow - Down
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Slide In New Filter
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

Orientate the new cabin filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

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Re-Insert Tab - Left Side
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Push To Secure Clip
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Filter Cover Replaced
Re-insert the tab on the left side of the filter cover in to its corresponding slot on the blower motor housing.

Swing the filter cover closed.

Push on the right side of the filter cover until you hear or feel the retaining clip "click" securely in to place.

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Push On Damper Arm
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Replace Side Stops
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Move to the outer right side of the glove box and pop the damper arm back on to its mounting peg.

Continue raising the glove box until the mounting holes for the plastic side stoppers are clear of the dashboard.

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Replace Left Side Stop
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Replace Manual, Papers, Etc
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Close Glove Box
Re-insert the two side stops and rotate them 1/4 turn clockwise to lock them in place.

Replace your owner's manual, insurance papers, registration, napkins, etc in to the glove box.

Close the glove box to complete the job.

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

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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