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Chevrolet Cruze Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2nd generation 2016 to 2019 GM Chevy Cruze.

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2018 Cruze Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty
Plastic Side Trim Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Holden such as the Sonic, Spark, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Bolt, Camaro, Corvette, Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Colorado, Silverado, Express, TrailBlazer, Encore, Regal TourX, Envision, Enclave, LaCrosse, Cascada, Sierra, Canyon, Acadia, Terrain, Yukon, Savana, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CT5, CTS-V, XTS, CT6, ATS, Astra and Commodore may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers include the following: Spearhead BE-966, ACDelco CF185, Fram CF11966, K&N VF2040, EcoGard XC10022C and Wix 24211.

The tools needed to access and replace the cabin air filter include the following: a plastic pry bar tool, a 7mm socket with a short extension bar, a 1/4" drive ratchet and a flat head screwdriver.

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


Pull To Loosen Clips
Release Friction Fasteners
Side Trim Panel Removed
Then move to the rounded trim panel that covers the outer edge of the dashboard near the front passenger door hinges.

Carefully pull the trim cover off the side of the dashboard.

You may need to use a plastic pry bar tool to gently loosen the plastic friction fastener retaining clips.

Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

Two Screws Exposed
Left Side Black Screws
Loosen Counterclockwise
Once the trim panel on the outside edge of the dashboard has been removed, you'll be able to see the two black metal screws on the right side of the glove box.

There are another two black metal screws on the left side of the glove box.

Remove the two screws on the right side of the glove box by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

I found it easier to attach a short extension bar to the socket for extra reach.

Loosen Bottom Screw
Remove Left Side Screws
Lower Left Screw
Then loosen the two screws on the left side of the glove box by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place such as down on the front passenger floor mat.

Four Screws Removed
Look Under Glove Box
Release Plastic Pop Rivet
Next, look under the glove box and locate the black plastic pop rivet fastener near the right side of the glove box.

Pry out the smaller round pin in the center of the fastener to unlock it.

Then pull out the entire pop rivet fastener from the fabric liner to detach it from the underside of the glove box.

Pull Out Pop Rivet
Fabric Liner Released
Bottom Screw Exposed
Once the fabric cover under the glove box has been pulled down, you'll be able to see the final black metal screw holding the glove box in place.
Loosen Counterclockwise
Five Screws Removed
Left Side Kick Panel
Remove the screw under the glove box by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the screw aside with the other screws.

At this point, you should have removed a total of five screws.

Then move to the black plastic kick panel on the left side of the front passenger floor mat.

Gently Pull Off Panel
Plastic Clips Released
Kick Panel Removed
Gently pull the kick panel straight off the bottom of the center stack to release the plastic retaining clips.

Set the kick panel aside in a safe place.

Pull Fuse Access Cover
Fuse Cover Removed
Pull Center Console Cover
Then move to the interior fuse panel access cover located below the A/C system controls on the dashboard.

Place your fingers into the opening in the access cover and firmly pull it straight out.

Set the fuse access cover aside in a safe place.

Next, pull out the bottom edge of the center console cover located to the right of the interior fuse panel.

Rest Panel On Shift Knob
Gently Pull Out Glove Box
Pulling Out Right Side
Rotate the center console cover towards the shift knob and rest it on the cup holders.

Now you can begin pulling the glove box out of the dashboard.

Glove Box Clips Released
Glove Box Removed
HVAC Blower Motor
Carefully pull the left and right side of the glove box straight out of the dashboard to release the plastic retaining clips.

Gently set the glove box down on the floor mat.

Finally, after all of those steps we can see the HVAC blower motor housing and the A/C cabin air filter access cover.

Filter Access Cover
Pull Out Release Tab
Right Retaining Clip
There are two retaining clips on the rectangular shaped filter access cover.

One is located on the left side and the other on the right side.

Gently pull the tabs away from the center of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.


Swing Down Filter Cover
Slide Out Old Filter
Remove Filter From Slot
Swing down the filter access cover.

Slide the old filter straight out of the slot.

You may need to use a plastic pry bar tool or a flat head screwdriver to pull the filter out of the slot.

Old Filter Removed
Clean With Vacuum
OEM Part Number
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I recommend buying the Spearhead BE-966 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) filter part number in this 2018 Chevy Cruze LT was MicronAir GM 13508023 GS600001 (ACDelco # CF185).

Empty AC Filter Slot
"Air Flow" Arrow Down
Install New Air Filter
Check the filter slot in the HVAC blower motor housing for any large debris such as leaves, insects or rodent nests.

Clean out any debris with the crevice attachment of a wet/dry shop vacuum.

Orientate the new air filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing in the down direction towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight into the slot. Make sure the new filter is fully seated in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Swing Up Filter Door
Push To Secure Clips
Filter Cover Secured
Swing the filter access door up and push on to secure the two retaining clips.

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

Double check that the filter access cover is secured.

Raise Glove Box
Line Up Retaining Clips
Pop In Glove Box
Lift the glove box and line it up with the opening in the dashboard.

Line up the plastic retaining clips with their corresponding slots.

Carefully push the glove box back into place.

You should feel the retaining clips "click" securely into place.

Spin In Right Side Screws
Replace Lower Screw
Screw Under Glove Box
Replace the two screws on the right side of the glove box by turning them in the clockwise direction with a 7mm socket and the 1/4" drive ratchet until they are snug.

Replace the single 7mm screw on the underside of the glove box.

Replace Left Side Screws
Tighten Clockwise
Replace Fabric Cover
Replace the two 7mm screws on the left side of the glove box.

Lift the fabric trim cover back into place on the underside of the glove box.

Re-insert the black plastic pop rivet and secure it by pushing in the smaller round button in the center.

Push In Plastic Pop Rivet
Glove Box Replaced
Replace Console Cover
Swing the center console trim piece back into place on the left side of the glove box.
Pop Panel In Place
Center Console Assembled
Replace Fuse Cover
Push on the panel to secure it to the right side of the center stack.

Move the fuse access cover back into place below the A/C controls and in front of the gear selector (shift knob).

Fuse Access Cover
Line Up Left Kick Panel
Plastic Friction Fasteners
Line up the kick panel on the left side of the front passenger footwell.

Push the kick panel back in to place.

Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Kick Panel Replaced
Dashboard Side Cover
Firmly tap on the kick panel to make sure the plastic friction fasteners are secured.

Line up the trim cover on the outer right side of the dashboard.

Line Up Retaining Clips
Firmly Tap In Trim Cover
Cabin Filter Replaced!
Tap on the panel to secure the retaining clips.

Be sure to write down the cabin air filter change in your vehicle's service records.

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

For more, please check out all of my 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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