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Chevrolet Camaro Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC cabin air filter element in a 5th generation 2010 to 2015 GM Chevy Camaro.

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2014 Camaro Cowl
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Pry Up Center Part of Fastener
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Pry Out Pop Rivet Fastener

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) GM Chevrolet Camaro in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Sonic, Impala, Traverse, Tahoe, Trax, SS, GMC Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, Enclave and the Holden Barina may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The only tool needed to replace the cabin air filter is a flathead screwdriver or an automotive pry tool.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco CF178, TYC 800156P, Wix 24014, Fram CF11667, TYC 800156P, Hastings AFC1504, Ecogard XC46126, Luber-Finer CAF1879P and OEM CAF259P.

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Pry Up 2nd Fastener
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Remove Pop Rivet
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Pry Up Center of 3rd Fastener
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the left (passenger) side of the engine bay.

The cabin air filter is installed below the left side of the black plastic cowl in between the windshield and the engine bay.

There are 3 black plastic pop rivet fasteners that hold the cabin filter access door in place.

Gently pry up the smaller center part of the black plastic fastener with a flathead screwdriver.

Then pry out the larger outer piece of the pop rivet fastener.

One fastener is located near the engine cover, the 2nd is located at the left edge of the panel and the third is located just behind the shock tower.

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Pry Out 3rd Fastener
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3 Cowl Pop Rivets Removed
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Pull Off Rubber Gasket
Set the three plastic pop rivet fasteners aside in a safe place.

Pull the rubber weather stripping gasket off from the left side of the cowl.

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Push In Past Metal Tab
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Lift Up Plastic Access Panel
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Filter Below Cowl Panel
Carefully flex the left edge of the filter access panel until it can be lifted above the metal tab holding it in place.

Raise the cowl access door towards the windshield until you can see the cabin air filter in front of the blower motor housing.

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Plastic Filter Cover
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Pull Back Retaining Clip
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Pull Back Right Side Clip
Gently pull back the two retaining clips on the sides of the filter cover to release them.
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Lift Off Filter Cover
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Old Filter Exposed
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Slide Out Old Air Filter
Remove the filter cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot.



 

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Empty Filter Slot
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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF11667 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon. I also like how it has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in it to keep the A/C system from smelling moldy or musty.

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Air Flow Direction Arrow
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Slide In New Cabin Filter
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Air Flow Pointing To Rear
Orientate the new cabin air filter with the "Air Flow" direction pointing towards the rear of the vehicle.

Slide the new filter in to the slot.

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Line Up Filter Cover
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Push On Filter Cover
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Secure Retaining Clips
Line up the filter cover over the slot.

Push down the filter cover until you feel or hear the two retaining clips "click" securely in to place.

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Filter Cover Replaced
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Lower Cowl Back In Place
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Replace Rubber Strip
Lower the plastic cowl back in place.

Push in the left edge of the cowl until it can be lowered down below the hook shaped metal tab.

Replace the rubber weather strip along the front edge of the cowl.

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Re-Insert Plastic Fastener
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Push Down Pop Rivet
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Plastic Fastener Secured
Re-insert the plastic pop rivet fasteners and then push down the smaller center piece to lock them in place.
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Replace 2nd Fastener
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Replace 3rd Pop Rivet
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Plastic Cowl Panel Secured
Double check that you have secured all three of the black plastic pop rivet fasteners.

For more, check out my other 2010-2015 GM Chevrolet Camaro DIY Repair Guides.
 

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