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VW Beetle Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter in a 2nd generation 2012-2016 "New" Volkswagen Beetle.

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Passenger Side Dashboard
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Foam Panel Under Glove Box
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Plastic Thumb Screw

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and most likely also the 2016 model year) "New" Volkswagen Beetle in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Jetta, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Lavida, Coccinelle, Maggiolino, Fusca, Audi A3, A4, S4, A6, S6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, A5, S5, and TT may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mann-Filter CUK 2939, VW 1K1-819-653-B, Wix 24489, Mahle LA 181, Prime Choice Auto Parts PC5586, Luber-Finer CAF1800C and POTAUTO MAP 4002C.

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

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Rotate Counterclockwise
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Plastic Screw Removed
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Remove 2nd Fastener
To access the cabin air filter, open the front passenger door and look under the glove box.

There is a foam trim panel that covers the area under the glove box.

Remove the two black plastic thumb screws by turning them counterclockwise.

Set the two thumb screws aside in a safe place.

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Two Thumb Screws Removed
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Pull Off Foam Cover
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Foam Cover Removed
Gently pull out the foam cover and set it aside in a safe place.
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Cabin Filter Housing
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Slide Cover To Right
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Plastic Hooks Released
The cabin air filter cover is located at the bottom of the HVAC blower motor housing.

Grasp the large black plastic tab near the right side of the filter access cover.

Firmly pull the filter cover towards the right side to disengage the plastic hooks.

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Filter Cover Removed
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Slide Out Old Filter
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Old Filter Removed
Once the black plastic hooks are removed from their slots, you can pull the filter cover away.

Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

Slide the old filter down and out of the slot.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
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Line Up New Filter
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.

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

I recommend buying the Mann-Filter CUK 2939 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon. I also like how it has activated charcoal in it to help absorb musty or moldy odors.

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Slide In New Filter
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New Filter Installed
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Re-Insert Plastic Hooks
Orientate the new cabin air filter with the slanted edge located at the top right side of the filter.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot and hold it in place with one hand.

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Slide Cover To Left
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Filter Panel Hooks Secured
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Filter Cover Re-Installed
Line up the black plastic hooks on the filter cover with the slots in the new filter.

Slide the filter cover towards the left side of the housing to secure the hooks.

Double check that the filter cover is securely in place.

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Line Up Foam Trim Panel
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Push Panel Back In Place
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Spin In Clockwise
Line up the foam cover on the underside of the glove box.

Re-insert the black plastic thumb screws.

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Re-Insert 2nd Plastic Screw
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Tighten Thumb Screws
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Cabin Air Filter Replaced!
Tighten the two thumb screws in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Enjoy the fresh clean air from your air conditioning system! :)

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

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