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Honda CR-V Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC system's cabin air filter element in a 3rd generation 2007 to 2011 Honda CR-V SUV.

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2011 CR-V Glove Boxes
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Open Lower Glove Box
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Damper Arm On Right

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Honda CR-V in changing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor or upgrading them to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles with such as the Pilot, Insight, CR-Z, Accord, Civic, Fit, Crosstour, Odyssey, Ridgeline, TSX, ILX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800003P, K&N VF2001, Fram CF10134, Mann-Filter MC 1008, Wix 24815, Purolator C35519, Premium Guard PC5519, Denso 453-2026, Pentius PHB5519, ACDelco CF159 Ecogard XC35519, Beck Arnley 042-2023 and Bosch P3875.

No tools are needed to replace the filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing element.

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Pop Off Damper Arm
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Pull In Both Side Walls
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Release Plastic Side Stops
The first steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the lower glove box and empty out the contents.

Then move to the outer right side of the glove box and pop off the black plastic damper arm towards the front of the car.

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

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Side Stop Peg Released
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Filter Access Cover
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Push In Release Clip
Lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

Gently push in the release tab on either side of the filter access cover.

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Push In Right Side Clip
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Slide Out Filter Tray
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Filter Tray Removed
Slide the filter tray straight out of the slot in the blower motor housing.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Pop Filter Out of Tray
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Filter Removed From Tray
Pull the old filter out of the black plastic tray and inspect both sides.

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, insect, leaves, twigs, hair and pollen, it should be replaced with a new one.

I recommend buying the Fram CF10134 "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 stop musty or moldy odors from the A/C system.

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Vacuum Old Filter
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Insert Filter In Case
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Filter Slot In Blower
If the new filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, make sure that it is properly orientated when you insert it in to the filter tray.

There are two downward facing arrows on the front of the filter tray that indicate the "Air Flow" direction.

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"Air Flow" Arrow - Down
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Slide In Filter Tray
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Push To Secure Two Clips
Slide the filter tray in to the slot with the "Air Flow" arrows pointing down to the floor mat.

Gently push in the filter tray until the two retaining clips click securely in to place.

Double check that the filter tray is secure before moving on to the next steps.

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Filter Tray Replaced
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Push In Side Walls
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Re-Insert Side Stops
Raise the glove box and 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 On Bar
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Close Lower Glove Box
Push the black plastic damper arm back on to the mounting bar on the right side of the glove box.

Close the lower glove box to complete the job.

For more, check out my other Honda CR-V Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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