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Kia Soul Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul SUV.

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2019 Soul Glove Box
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Push Release Button
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Open Glove Box - Empty
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers include the following: Spearhead BE-002, TYC 800199P, Fram CF12002, Kia 97133-B2000, K&N VF1017, Wix WP10178 and EcoGard XC10391.

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

The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.



 

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Air Filter Access Cover
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Insert Four Fingers
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Pull Off Access Panel
Locate the access cover marked "Air Filter" at the top of the glove box.

Insert your fingers into the opening in the cover and firmly pull it down to disengage the plastic retaining clips.

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Access Cover Removed
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HVAC Blower Motor
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Filter Access Cover
Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

Once the outer access cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the HVAC blower motor housing and the rectangular shaped filter slot access cover.

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Right Side Retaining Clip
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Left Side Retaining Clip
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Lift Up Release Tab
There are two retaining clips on the filter cover with one located on the left side and the other on the right side.

Lift up the tab on the retaining clip to release it.

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Pull Up 2nd Release Tab
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Remove Filter Cover
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Air Filter Cover Removed
Repeat the process to release the other retaining clip.

Swing open the bottom edge of the filter access cover and then pull the two tabs on the top edge out of their slots.

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Two Tabs - Top Edge
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Two Clips - Bottom Edge
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Old Air Filter Exposed
Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.

Once the cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the outer edge of the old filter in the slot.

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Slide Out Old Air Filter
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Old Air Filter Removed
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Part # 97133-B2000
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Empty Filter 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, sand, pollen, soot, insects, leaves, hair, twigs and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Spearhead BE-002 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If your wet / dry shop vacuum has a crevice attachment, clean out any leaves or debris in the filter housing.

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"Air Flow" Arrow
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Slide In New Air Filter
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New Filter Installed
Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight into the slot.

Make sure the filter is fully seated.

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Two Tabs - Top Cover
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Two Slots - Top
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Re-Insert Top Tabs
Line up the filter cover with the opening in the HVAC blower motor housing.

First, re-insert the two tabs on the top edge into their small slots.

Then swing the bottom edge closed towards the filter.

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Push To Secure Clips
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Filter Cover Secured
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Line Up Access Cover
Firmly push on the bottom edge to secure the two retaining clips.

You should hear or feel the clips "click" securely into place.

Line up the outer access cover.

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Access Cover Secured
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Close Glove Box
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Cabin Air Filter Replaced
First, re-insert the tabs on the bottom edge.

Then push on the cover to secure the retaining clips.

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

Don't forget to write down the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

(The service interval specification in the owner's manual is to replace the cabin air filter every 7,500 miles.)

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

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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