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Kia Rio Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 3rd generation 2012-2016 Kia Rio with photos.

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2014 Kia Rio Glove Box
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Open Glove Box - Empty Out
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Cabin Air Filter Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the refreshed 2016) Kia Rio in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: TYC 800029P, Fram CF10709, K&N VF2007, Ecogard XC35865, ACDelco CF3242, Wix 24684, Purolator C35865 and Pentius PHB5865.

No tools are needed to replace the cabin air filter.

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Two Release Tabs
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Squeeze Together Tabs
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Swing Open Right Side
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

At the back of the glove box, you'll see the rectangular filter access cover.

Squeeze together the two tabs on the right side of the filter cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing the filter access panel open towards the left side.

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Tab On Left Side of Cover
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Slot On Left Side
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Slide Out Old Air Filter
Pull out the small plastic tab on the left side of the filter cover from its slot.

Slide the old filter straight out of the housing in the blower motor housing.



 

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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 cabin air filter.

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

I recommend buying the TYC 800029P filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you've had a problem with your A/C system smelling musty or moldy, go with the Fram CF10709 "Fresh Breeze" filter which has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in it to help absorb odors.

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Slide In New Cabin Filter
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"Air Flow" Arrow Down
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Re-Insert Tab On Left
Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Re-insert the tab on the left edge of the filter cover in to its small slot.

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Push In Retaining Clip
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Filter Cover Secured
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Close Glove Box
Gently push the right side of the filter cover to secure the retaining clip.

Double check that the filter cover is securely installed.

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

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 Kia Rio DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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