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VW Jetta Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC cabin air filter in a 6th generation MK6 2011-2016 Volkswagen Jetta with photos.

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2012 Jetta Glove Box
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Foam Cover Below Glove Box
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Black Plastic Fastener

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation MK6 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Volkswagen Jetta in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles with similar HVAC blower motor housings such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Beetle, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, 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 cabin filters with their part numbers are as follows: Wix 24489, Mann-Filter CU 2939 or CUK 2939, Purolator C35586C, Fram CF10373, Mahle LA 181, Bosch C3807, Beck Arnley 042-2044, Hastings AFC1355, Premium Guard PC5586, Pentius PHB5586, OEM CAF156C, Denso # 453-4007 and Volkswagen 1K1-819-653-B.

The only tool needed to access the cabin filter is a flathead screwdriver. A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful if you plan on cleaning and re-using the original filter element.

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Turn Counter Clockwise
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Loosen 2nd Plastic Screw
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2 Fasteners Removed
The cabin air filter is located inside the blower motor housing just below the glove box behind a black foam cover in the front passenger foot well.

Locate the two black plastic fasteners that hold the foam foot well cover in place.

Remove the black plastic fasteners by turning them counter clockwise with the flathead screwdriver and set them aside in a safe place.

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Pull Out Foam Foot Well Liner
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Foam Panel Removed
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Cabin Filter Housing
Pull the top of the foam foot well cover away from the bottom of the glove box and lower it down to the passenger floor mat.

Once the foam cover is out of the way, you'll see the black plastic rectangular cabin air filter access panel.

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Slide Cover To Right
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Disengage Plastic Hooks
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Filter Cover Removed
To remove the cabin filter cover, grasp the black plastic tab and slide the cover to the right.

The filter cover was held in place by six plastic hooks.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.



 

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Old Cabin Air Filter Exposed
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Pull Out Old Cabin Filter
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Angled Corner - Top Right
Slide the old cabin filter down and out of the slot in the blower motor housing.

Make a mental note of how the one angled corner of the old filter is located at the top right side.

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Clean Filter With Vacuum
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Old Mann Filter # CU 2939
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Blower Motor Housing
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

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

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

If you'd rather have the genuine OEM part, buy the Volkswagen 1K1-819-653-B filter.

If you have a crevice attachment for your wet/dry shop vacuum, clean out the filter slot inside the blower motor housing.

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Line Up New Cabin Filter
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Slide Filter In To Slot
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Push Filter Up
Line up the new cabin filter so that the one angled corner is situated at the top right of the filter.

Slide the new filter up in to the slot until it is flush with the opening.

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Line Up Hooks On Cover
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Slide Filter Cover To Left
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Filter Cover Replaced
Line up the six hooks on the back side of the access cover with the holes in the filter.

Insert the hooks in to the holes and slide the cover to the left to lock it in place.

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

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Line Up Foam Foot Well Panel
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Push In Black Plastic Screws
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Push In 2nd Plastic Fastener
Replace the foam foot well liner panel under the bottom of the glove box.

Line up the holes in the foam panel with the mounting holes on the underside of the glove box.

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Tighten Plastic Screws
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Turn Clockwise
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Foot Well Cover Replaced
Push the two black plastic screws in to place.

Tighten the two screws by turning them clockwise with the flathead screwdriver until they are snug.

For more, check out my other VW Jetta DIY Repair Guides.
 

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