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Chevrolet Equinox Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter in a 3rd generation 2018 to 2022 GM Chevy Equinox.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Equinox Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty
Glove Box Damper Arm
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2018, 2019 and perhaps also the updated 2020, 2021 and 2022 model years) GM Chevrolet Equinox SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Holden such as the Trax, Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Cascada, LaCrosse, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Regal, Canyon, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CTS, XTS, CT6, Astra, Commodore and Trailblazer 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, Fram CF11966, EcoGard XC10022C, ACDelco CF185, Premium Guard PC4211C, TYC 800181P and Wix 24211.

The tools needed to access and replace the filter include a 5.5mm socket, a short extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

A wet/dry shop vacuum may also be useful if you plan on cleaning and re-using the old filter.

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

Then locate the damper arm on the outer right side wall of the glove box.


Pull Off Damper Arm
Dampening Arm Released
Push In Side Walls
Gently pop the damper arm off the two prongs on the end of the plastic mounting peg.

Next, firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box towards the middle until the two plastic side stops can be released from behind the dashboard.

Release Side Stoppers
Lower Glove Box
Blower Motor Housing
Once the two side stops have been released, gently lower the glove box down towards the floor mat.

The plastic hinges may separate when you swing the glove box down.

They can easily be re-attached later on.

After the glove box is out of the way, you'll be able to see the rectangular filter access cover on the HVAC blower motor housing.

Plastic Hinges Separated
Loosen Counterclockwise
Left Screw Removed
There are two screws and two retaining clips holding the filter service cover in place.

Loosen the screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a 5.5mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

I found it easiest to also use a short extension bar on the ratchet to keep my knuckles from scraping on the filter cover.

Loosen Second Screw
Right Screw Removed
Two Small Screws
Set the left and right side screws aside in a safe place.
Push In Release Tab
Release Right Side Clip
Swing Up Hinged Cover
Then gently push in the tabs on the left and right side of the cover to release the retaining clips.

Swing the hinged filter cover up and out of the way.

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

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

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

(The OEM [original equipment manufacturer] filter part number was marked as GM 13508023 or MicronAir GS600001.)


Clean With Vacuum
Empty Filter Slot
Install New Air Filter
Check the filter slot in the HVAC blower motor housing for any large debris such as leaves, twigs or bugs.

If you have a crevice attachment for your vacuum, clean out 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.

New Filter Installed
Swing Down Filter Cover
Push To Secure Clips
Make sure the new filter is fully seated in the slot.

Swing down the filter cover and push on it to secure the two retaining clips.

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

Spin In Left Side Screw
Replace Right Side Screw
Tighten Clockwise
Spin in the two screws a turn or two by hand to prevent them from falling down into the dashboard and becoming lost.

Tighten the two screws by turning them in the clockwise direction with the 5.5mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet until they are snug.

 Tighten Right Side Screw
Filter Access Door Secured
Line Up Plastic Hinges
Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic cover.

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Line up the plastic "C" shaped sockets with their corresponding plastic mounting bars.

Re-Attach Hinges
Raise Glove Box
Push In Side Walls - Stops
Snap the plastic hinges back together.

Rotate the glove box up towards the dashboard.

Firmly push in the two side walls until the plastic side stoppers can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

Glove Box Damper Arm
Pop Arm On Mount Peg
Close Glove Box
Push the hole at the end of the dampening arm assembly over the two prongs on the mounting peg on the right outer side of the glove box.

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

Be sure to record the 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 2018-2022 GM Chevrolet Equinox DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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