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Chevrolet Camaro Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a sixth generation 2016 to 2021 GM Chevy Camaro.

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2020 Camaro Passenger
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Glove Box
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Left Side Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) GM Chevrolet Camaro in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

The development and release of the 7th generation Camaro has been delayed, so the current sixth generation will continue into the 2022 and 2023 model years.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac such as the Malibu, Impala, Bolt, Corvette, Trailblazer, Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Regal, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Savana, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CT4, CT5, CTS and CT6 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Spearhead BE-966, Fram CF11966, EcoGard XC10022C, EPAuto CP966, ACDelco CF185 and TYC 800181P.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 7mm socket, an extension bar, a 1/4" drive ratchet, a flat head screwdriver and / or a pop rivet removal tool.

To access the HVAC blower motor housing and the filter slot, you'll need to fully remove the glove box.

There are two black metal screws just below the bottom edge of the glove box on either side of the front passenger knee airbag housing.



 

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Left Screw Removed
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Right Side Screw
Loosen the screw below the bottom left side of the glove box by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 7mm socket, a short extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Right Screw Removed
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Pull Down Plastic Panel
Then loosen the screw under the right bottom corner of the glove box by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 7mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the screw aside with the other one.

Gently pull down the left side of the plastic panel below the glove box and locate the silver metal retaining pin.

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Push Out Metal Pin
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Pry Out With Plastic Tool
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Use Flat Head Screwdriver
Use a small flat head screwdriver to carefully push the inner end of the pin (near the middle of the glove box) out towards the center console.

You could also use a pop rivet removal tool to pull the head of the pin out from the hinge.

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Left Pin Released
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Retaining Pin Removed
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Push Out Right Side Pin
Continue sliding the pin out of the hinge until it can be fully removed.

Set the left side pin aside in a safe place.

Repeat the process for the right side retaining pin.

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Slide Out Retaining Pin
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Right Pin Removed
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Glove Box Latch
Set the right side pin aside with the other pin.

Swing out the glove box latch to release it.

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Open Glove Box
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Damper String Mount
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Slide Button Down
Locate the glove box damper string and black plastic mounting bracket on the right outer side wall.

Use a flat head screwdriver to push the mounting button down and forward from the smaller hole to the larger hole.

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Damper String Detached
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Lower Glove Box
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Set Aside Glove Box
Slide the plastic mount for the damper string out of its slot.

Carefully lower the glove box and separate the two plastic hinges on the bottom edge.

Set the glove box aside in a safe place.

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HVAC Blower Motor
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Plastic Filter Cover
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Two Tabs Each Side
Once the glove box is out of the way, you'll be able to see the HVAC blower motor housing and the rectangular shaped filter access cover.

There are four tabs on the filter access cover with one at each corner.

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Push In Tabs To Release
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Pinch Together 2 Tabs
Pinch together the two tabs on each side to release the retaining clips.

Gently pull the access cover off the front of the HVAC blower motor housing.

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Access Cover Removed
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Close Up - Squeeze Tabs
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Edge of Filter Exposed
Set the filter access panel aside in a safe place.

You'll see the exposed edge of the old filter in the slot.

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Slide Out Old Filter
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Old Air Filter Removed
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Inspect Both Sides
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with pollen, dirt, dust, soot, sand, leaves, insects, hair 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 from other Chevy owners.

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

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Empty Filter Slot
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"Air Flow" Arrow Down
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Install New Filter
Inspect the filter slot in the HVAC blower motor housing for any large debris such as leaves, twigs or dragonflies.

Use the crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove any large debris from the slot.

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

Slide the new filter straight into the slot until it is flush with the opening.

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"Down" Arrow
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Push On Filter Cover
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Access Cover Secured
Orientate the filter cover with the "Down" arrow pointing down towards the floor.

Gently push the filter cover back into place.

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

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

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Line Up Glove Box Hinges
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Slide In Retaining Pin
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From Outside --> In
Raise the glove box and line up the two halves of the plastic hinges together.

Slide the metal retaining pins in from the outside towards the center of the glove box.

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Raise Glove Box
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Fully Seat Right Pin
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Left Pin Secured
Make sure the two metal pins are fully seated in the hinges.

Raise the glove box up towards the dashboard.

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Pull Out Damper String
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Slide Mount Into Slot
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Move Button - Small Hole
Pull the black plastic mounting piece for the damper string out from behind the glove box.

Slide the plastic mount up into the slot and insert the small button into the larger hole.

Move the button forward and up from the larger hole into the smaller hole.

The button should "pop" back securely into place.

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Left Side Plastic Stop
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Replace Side Stoppers
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Push In Plastic Panel
Push in the two side walls of the glove box and re-insert the plastic side stoppers into position behind the dashboard.

Close the glove box.

Move the plastic panel below the glove box (on either side of the knee airbag) back into the correct position around the hinges.

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Tighten Right Screw
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Right Screw Secured
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Replace Left Side Screw
Replace the screw on the right side by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 7mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet until it is snug.
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Tighten Left Screw
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Left Screw Secured
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Glove Box Replaced
Replace the 7mm screw on the left side.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from breaking the plastic panel.

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

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

According to the service interval specification in the owner's manual, the passenger compartment air filter should be replaced every 22,500 miles (or every 36,000 km).

Please check out all of the 2016-2021 GM Chevrolet Camaro DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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