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Chevrolet Cobalt Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean and replace the HVAC system's cabin air filter element in a 2005-2010 GM Chevy Cobalt with pictures.

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Chevy Cobalt Glove Box
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Open Glove Box
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Damper String On Right

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt in cleaning or replacing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other GM vehicles such as the Chevy Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Equinox, Camaro, Pontiac G5, G6, Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, Enclave, and GMC Acadia may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few aftermarket cabin air filter elements compatible with the 2005-2010 Cobalt include the following with their part numbers: FRAM CF10361, TYC 800039P, Wix 24882, ACDelco CF125, Hasting AF1239, Purolator C35676, Bosch P3808 and Pentius PHB5676.

No tools are needed to access the cabin air filter element. A wet/dry shop vacuum is useful if you plan on just cleaning out the existing filter and replacing it.

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Pull Rubber Stop Inwards
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Rubber Stops Removed
The first few steps are to get into the front passenger seat of the vehicle, open the glove box, and empty out the contents.

Then firmly pull the two side walls of the glove box in towards each other until the two rubber stoppers (one on each side) can be removed. Gently lower the glove box down towards the floor mat.

(You should have enough room to access the cabin filter without unhooking the clip that attaches to the damper string. If not, pop the damper string clip forward into the larger of the two holes in the glove box and remove it.)

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Filter Access Cover
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Release Retaining Clips
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Filter Element Exposed
Open the rectangular black plastic cabin air filter access door by releasing the three retaining clips.

Then slide the old filter element out towards the rear of the vehicle.



 

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Pull Out Old Cabin Filter
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A/C Blower Motor Housing
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Old Dirty Filter Element
If your old cabin air filter isn't that dirty, just tap out the large debris and clean it with a wet/dry vacuum before replacing it.

If your old filter element is dark black and/or clogged with debris such as dust, dirt, hair, insects, leaves, it should be replaced with a new one.

I recommend buying the FRAM CF10361 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon. I also like how it has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in the filter to keep the A/C system from smelling moldy or musty.

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Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
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Air Flow Indicator Arrow
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Slide In New Filter Element
Slide the new (or cleaned) cabin air filter back into the blower motor housing with the "Air Flow" indicator arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

(Please note, I mistakenly took Picture # 15 above and # 16 below with the filter upside down.)

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Point Air Flow Arrow Down
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Close Filter Access Door
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Snap Closed Clips
Raise the cabin air filter access door up and snap the three retaining clips in place.
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Pull Sides Inwards
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Rubber Side Stops Inserted
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Close Glove Box
Firmly pull the two side walls of the glove box in towards the middle until the rubber stopper on each side can be pushed back into place. (If you removed the damper string clip, re-attach so that the glove box will open smoothly.)

For more, check out my other Chevy Cobalt Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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