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GMC Acadia Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 GMC Acadia SUV.

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2016 Acadia 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 first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GMC Acadia 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 Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Terrain, Yukon, Denali, Savana, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, SS, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado and Express may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800178C, Fram CF11663, K&N VF1012, POTAuto MAP 1028W, ATP GA-22, GKI CF1238, Cleenaire CAF179C and Wix WP10074.

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

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Damper Arm Mount Button
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Pull Back To Disengage
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Glove Box Side Stopper

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 of the glove box and locate the black plastic damper arm.

Pull the damper arm forward to disengage the mounting button from the smaller hole and move it in to the larger hole.

Remove the button from the larger hole to disengage the damper arm.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Side Stop Removed
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Remove Right Side Stop
Slightly raise the glove box and rotate the two black plastic side stops 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling them straight out.

Set the two side stops aside in a safe place.

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Lower Glove Box
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A/C Filter Access Cover
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Push Down Tab To Release
Gently lower the glove box to the passenger floor mat.

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

Press down the tabs on the top edge of the filter cover before pulling it off.

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Filter Cover Removed
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Old Filter Accessible
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Pull Out Old Filter
Set the filter access cover aside in a safe place.

Slide the old filter straight out of the slot.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
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Empty Filter Slot
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 cleaner.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF11663 "Fresh Breeze" 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 help keep the A/C system from smelling musty or moldy.

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Slide In New Air Filter
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"Air Flow" Arrow Down
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Push On Filter Cover
Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new or cleaned cabin air filter in to the slot.

Line up the black plastic filter access panel and gently push it back in to place to secure the retaining clips.

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Raise Glove Box To Dashboard
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Re-Insert Damper Arm
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Pop Button Forward
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Re-insert the mounting button for the glove box damper arm in to the larger hole and then push it forward in to the smaller hole to secure it in place.

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Re-Insert Side Stops
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Close Glove Box
Re-insert the two side stoppers and rotate them 1/4 turn clockwise to secure them in place.

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

For more, check out my other 2007-2016 GMC Acadia DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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