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Chevrolet Impala Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 10th generation 2014-2018 GM Chevy Impala.

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2014 Impala Glove Box
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Open - Empty Out
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Glove Box Damper Arm

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the tenth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) GM Chevy Impala in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Malibu, Cruze, Camaro, Sonic, Spark, Volt, Corvette, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, SS Sedan, Bolt, Colorado, Silverado, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Canyon, Sierra 1500, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, SRX and Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco CF184, Cleenaire CAF184, Wix 24211, Original Engine Management CAF297C, UAC FI 1232C, Bosch P3720WS, MAHLE LAK 758, ATP CF-247, and Hastings AFC1624.

The only tool needed to complete this procedure is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

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Pull Damper Arm Off Peg
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Firmly Push In Side Walls
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Release Side Stops
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Move to the outer right side wall of the glove box and locate the glove box damper arm.

Gently pop the glove box damper arm off its two pronged mounting peg.

Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box until the plastic side stops can be removed from behind the dashboard.

Lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

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Three Bottom Screws
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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3 Lower Screws Removed
To access the HVAC blower motor housing and the cabin air filter, you'll need to remove the plastic panel located behind the glove box.

There are seven screws holding the panel in place.

Remove the 3 screws near the bottom edge of the panel by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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3 Phillips Head Screws
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Four Top Screws
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Set the three bottom screws aside in a safe place.

The other four screws are located along the top edge of the plastic panel.

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Third Top Screw
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Remove 4th Top Screw
Remove the four upper Phillips head screws by turning them counterclockwise.
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7 Screws Removed
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Gently Pull Out Panel
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Plastic Access Panel
Set the top screws aside with the other screws.

At this point, you should have removed a total of seven Phillips head screws.

Gently pull out the plastic access panel to reveal the HVAC blower motor housing.

Set the plastic panel aside in a safe place.

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Filter Cover Exposed
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Left Side Retaining Clip
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Gently Pull Out Clip
Once the panel is out of the way, you'll be able to see the rectangular shaped filter access cover.

Gently pull out the retaining clip on the left side of the filter cover to release it.

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Slightly Open Left Side
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Pull Out Right Side Clip
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Remove Filter Cover
Slightly open the left side of the filter cover.

Gently pull out the retaining clip on the right side of the filter cover to release it from its mounting tab.

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Left Side Retaining Clip
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Right Side Retaining Clip
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Old Cabin Filter Exposed
Set the filter access cover aside in a safe place.



 

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Slide Out Old Filter
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Old Filter Removed
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Empty Filter Slot
Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any debris that might be stuck inside the filter slot.

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

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

I recommend buying the ACDelco CF184 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.

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GM Part # 13356914
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"Down" Air Flow Arrow
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Slide In New Air Filter
If the new filter has an "Air Flow" or "Down" arrow on it, make sure it is pointed down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new air filter straight in to the slot.

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Cover Under Wire Loom
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Close Filter Cover
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Push To Secure Clips
Line up the filter access cover with the slot.

Slide the right side of the filter cover under the black wire loom.

Firmly push on both sides of the filter access cover to secure the two retaining clips.

Double check that the filter cover is securely in place before moving on to the next steps.

(If you need to change a burnt out glove box light bulb or upgrade it to a brighter LED, now is the easiest time to do it.)

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Re-Insert Plastic Panel
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Snap Panel In Place
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Tighten Clockwise
Re-insert the plastic panel in front of the HVAC blower motor housing.

Replace the top four screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Four Top Screws
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Three Lower Screws
Then replace the three Phillips head screws near the bottom edge of the panel by turning them clockwise.
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Raise Glove Box
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Firmly Push In Side Walls
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Replace Side Stoppers
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Firmly push in the two side walls until the plastic side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

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Push On Damper Arm
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Damper Arm Secured
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Close Glove Box
Move to the right side of the glove box and push the damper arm back on to its two pronged mounting peg.

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 2014-2018 Chevrolet Impala DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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