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Jeep Cherokee Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 5th generation 2014 to 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV.

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2014 Cherokee Footwell
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Front Passenger Kick Panel
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Gently Pull Off Kick Panel

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and probably also the refreshed 2018 model year) Jeep Cherokee in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800184P, EcoGard XC10305, ATP automotive TA-15, OEM CAF310P, PTC 3992 and Universal Air Conditioner FI 1255C.

No tools are needed to access and replace the filter.

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Plastic Clips Released
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Plastic Hook - Front Edge
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Filter Access Cover
The cabin air filter is located in the HVAC blower motor housing which is hidden behind the passenger side kick panel near the center console and below the glove box.

Reach in below the dashboard and gently pull off the rear edge of the kick panel to release the friction fasteners.

There is a plastic hook on the back side of the kick panel closer to the front edge (by the firewall and engine bay).

Set the kick panel aside in a safe place.

Once the kick panel is out of the way, you'll see the blower motor housing and the rectangular filter access cover that is mounted vertically.

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Bottom of Access Cover
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Gently Pull Down Tab
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Retaining Clip Released
Gently pull down on the tab at the bottom of the filter cover to release the lower retaining clip.

Pull the bottom edge of the filter cover out towards yourself.

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Pull Top Up & Off
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Filter Cover Removed
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Old Filter Exposed
There is a plastic loop at the top of the filter cover that is secured to another plastic tab.

Lift the top edge of the filter cover to disengage the clip from the tab.

Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

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Slide Out Old Filter
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Old Filter Removed
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Inspect Both Sides
Carefully slide the old filter straight out of the slot.

You may have to angle the filter slightly downward to get past the obstructions below the dashboard.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.



 

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Clean With Vacuum
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Air Flow Arrow
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Empty Filter Slot
If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, hair, pollen, leaves, soot, insects, twigs, sand and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the TYC 800184P cabin air 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.

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Slide In New Air Filter
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New Air Filter Installed
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Line Up Filter Cover
If the new filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, orientate the filter so that the arrow is pointing towards the rear of the vehicle.

The air flows in from the front of the car towards the back.

Carefully slide the new filter in to the slot until it is fully seated.

Line up the filter cover with the plastic loop at the top end and the tab on the bottom.

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Top Clip Over Tab
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Push In Bottom Edge
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Filter Cover Secured
Slip the plastic loop on the top of the filter cover on to the tab at the top of the filter slot.

Swing the filter cover closed and push on the bottom edge to secure the retaining clip.

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

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Line Up Plastic Hook
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Line Up Friction Fasteners
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Secure Kick Panel
Line up the kick panel over the HVAC blower motor housing.

Re-insert the plastic hook (located closer to the front of the car) back in to place.

Then swing the kick panel closed and firmly push on the rear edge to secure the plastic retaining clips.

Enjoy the fresh clean air from your A/C system!

Be sure to record the filter change in your SUV's service records.

For more, check out all of my Jeep Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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