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Hyundai Tucson Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 3rd generation 2016, 2017 and 2018 Hyundai Tucson.

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2018 Tucson Glove Box
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Open & Empty Out
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Right Side - Damper Arm

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2016, 2017, 2018 plus the face lifted 2019 and 2020 model years) Hyundai Tucson SUV in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles such as the Santa Fe, Kona, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, G80, G90, Stinger, Rio, Forte, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento and Sedona may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filter part numbers are as follows: TYC 800205P, F1Auto FC97133-D1000 and Hyundai / Kia 97133 D3200.

No tools are needed to access and replace the filter.

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Pull Off Damper Arm
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Right Side Stopper
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The first two steps are to open the glove box and then empty out the contents such as the owner's manual, registration and huge stacks of fast food restaurant napkins.

Move to the right side of the glove box and locate the black plastic damper arm.

Firmly pull the damper arm off the two pronged mounting peg.

Then move to the inside of the glove box and locate the two round black plastic side stops.

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Remove Side Stop
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Two Side Stops Removed
Lift the glove box about an inch or two to relieve the pressure on the side stoppers.

Rotate the side stops one quarter turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling them straight out of the glove box.

Set the two side stops aside in a safe place.

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Lower Glove Box
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Filter Access Cover
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Two Tabs - Left Side
Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

Once the glove box is out of the way, you'll be able to see the black plastic HVAC blower motor housing and the rectangular filter access cover.

There are two tabs on the left side of the filter cover.

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Pinch Together To Release
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Pull Open Left Side of Panel
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Tab & Slot - Right Side
Gently pinch together the two tabs on the left side of the filter access cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing open the left side of the cover towards yourself.

There is a plastic tab on the right side of the filter cover that is inserted into a slot on the blower motor housing.

Pull the filter cover to the left to remove the tab from its slot.

Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

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Old Filter Exposed
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Slide Out Old Filter
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Old Filter Removed
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot.

The OEM filter was marked as Hyundai / Kia (Doowon) part number 97133-D3200 (also known as 97133D3200 or 97133 D3200).

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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
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Slot In Blower Housing
Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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

I recommend buying the TYC 800205P 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.

If your vacuum has a crevice attachment, carefully clean out any leaves or debris in the filter slot.



 

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"Air Flow" Down Arrow
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Slide In New Air Filter
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Line Up Filter Access Cover
Orientate the new air filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight into the slot until it is flush with the opening.

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Re-Insert Tab Into Slot
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Swing Closed Left Side
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Push To Secure Clip
Line up the filter cover with the opening in the HVAC blower motor housing.

First, re-insert the tab on the right side of the cover into the slot on the right side of the blower motor housing.

Then swing the left side closed and push on it to secure the filter cover.

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Filter Cover Secured
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Raise Glove Box Dashboard
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Re-Insert Side Stop
Double check that the filter cover is securely attached.

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard until the openings for the side stoppers are unobstructed.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Replace Left Side Stop
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Re-insert the two side stops and rotate them 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure them in place.
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Right Side Peg
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Push On Damper Arm
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Close Glove Box
Move to the outer right side of the glove box.

Firmly push the black plastic damper arm on to the two pronged mounting peg.

Double check that the damper arm is securely attached to the mount.

Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to finish the job.

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

For more, check out all of my 2016-2018 Hyundai Tucson DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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