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Jeep Renegade Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C sytem's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2015 to 2018 Jeep Renegade SUV.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Glove Box
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Open Glove Box
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Three Screws - Top Edge

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and possibly also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Jeep Renegade SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or Fiat vehicles such as the 200, 300, Pacifica, Town & Country, Avenger, Charger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Fiat 500 500X or 500L, Fiat 124 Spider, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, ProMaster, 1500 and C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CF11810, ATP CF-269, ATP TA-14, Wix WP10106 and PTC 3986.

The tools needed to access and replace the filter include the following: a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver, a plastic pry bar tool, a 5.5mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Middle Screw
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Top Right Screw
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the SUV, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Remove the three screws along the top edge of the glove box interior.

Rotate them counterclockwise with the Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver.

Set the three screws aside in a safe place.

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Pull Back Lower Carpet
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Three Screws On Bottom
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Move to the bottom of the glove box.

Gently pull back the carpeted trim cover under the glove box to locate the three screws on the bottom edge.

Remove the three lower screws by turning them counterclockwise with the Torx T25 screwdriver.

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Remove Lower Screws
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Six Screws Removed
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Pry Off Outer Trim Panel
Set the bottom three screws aside with the other three screws from the top of the glove box.

Move to the outer edge of the passenger side dashboard.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the trim panel.

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Release Friction Fasteners
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Trim Panel Removed
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Remove Single Screw
There are five plastic friction fasteners that hold the side panel in place.

Set the dashboard side trim panel aside in a safe place.

Remove the single screw that was hidden by the side trim panel.

Rotate the screw counterclockwise with the Torx T25 screwdriver.

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7 Screws Removed
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Pull Off Glove Box
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Glove Box Removed
Set the 7th screw aside with the other 6 screws that you previously removed.

Gently pull the entire glove box assembly out towards yourself to remove it from the dashboard.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Lift Up Plastic Retaining Clip
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HVAC Blower Motor
Disconnect the power plug for the glove box light bulb by gently lifting up the retaining clip.

Slide the electrical connector straight out of the socket.

Set the glove box aside in a safe place.

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 cover.

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Screw - Filter Cover
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Silver Screw Removed
Remove the small silver screw at the center of the bottom edge of the filter cover by turning it counterclockwise with a 5.5mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

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Pull Off Retaining Clip
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Swing Open Filter Cover
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"Air Flow" Down Arrows
Gently pull out the retaining clip on the right side of the filter access cover.

Swing open the filter cover from the right side towards the left side.

Remove the plastic tab on the left side from its corresponding slot on the blower motor housing.

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Plastic Tab - Left Side
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Slide Out Old Filter
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Old Filter Removed
You'll notice that the OEM cabin air filter has the words "Air Flow" with two arrows pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the old air filter straight out of the slot.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Denso OEM Filter
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Clean With Vacuum
Inspect both sides of the old cabin air filter.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF11810 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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

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Empty Filter Slot
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Slide In New Air Filter
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Line Up Filter Cover
If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any debris from the filter slot.

Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrows pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new air filter in to the slot.

Line up the filter access cover with the slot on the HVAC blower motor housing.

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Re-Insert Tab - Left Edge
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Push To Secure Clip
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Replace Filter Cover Screw
Re-insert the plastic tab on the left edge of the filter cover in to its corresponding slot.

Swing the filter cover closed towards the blower motor housing.

Gently push on the right side of the filter cover until you hear or feel the retaining clip "click" securely in to place.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Glove Box Light Power Plug
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Push In Glove Box
Replace the small screw at the bottom center part of the filter access panel.

Tighten the screw in the clockwise direction with the 5.5mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Push the power plug for the glove box light bulb back into its socket.

Line up the glove box with the dashboard and push it back in to place.

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Secure Retaining Clips
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Re-Insert Side Screw
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Tighten Clockwise
Firmly tap on the outer edge of the glove box to ensure that the plastic friction fasteners are fully seated.

Move to the outer edge of the dashboard and replace the single screw by turning it clockwise with the Torx T25 screwdriver.

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Replace Bottom Screws
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Tighten Clockwise
Replace the three screws at the bottom edge of the glove box by turning them clockwise with the Torx T-25 screwdriver.
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Fabric Cover & Hook
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Fabric Cover Secured
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Top Three Screws
Move the fabric cover under the dashboard back in to place and re-attach the square opening to the metal hook.
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Tighten Clockwise
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Line Up Side Trim Panel
Open the glove box and replace the three screws on the top interior edge.

Turn the screws clockwise with the Torx T-25 screwdriver until they are snug.

Line up the dashboard's side trim panel and push it back into place.

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Push To Secure Clips
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Close Glove Box
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Cabin Air Filter Replaced
Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

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

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

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