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Chevrolet Colorado Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2nd generation 2015 to 2022 Chevy Colorado.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2019 Colorado Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty
Right Side Damper String
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022) GM Chevrolet Colorado truck in changing or cleaning the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

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

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers include the following: Spearhead BE-966, Fram CF11966, EcoGard XC10022C, K&N VF2040, ACDelco CF196, PotAuto MAP 1070C, Cleenaire CAF184 and TYC 800181P.

The only tool needed to complete this procedure is a pop rivet removal tool or you may be able to just use 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.

Locate the glove box damper string and plastic mounting bracket on the outer right side wall of the glove box.


Button & Holes - Right Wall
Detach String Mount
Plastic Pin - Right Side
Slide the black plastic mounting bracket for the damper string forward to move the small round button from the smaller hole to the larger hole.

Pull the mounting bracket out of the outer right side wall of the glove box.

Gently release the damper string and allow it to retract behind the glove box.

Close the glove box and move to the bottom edge.

Plastic Pin - Left Side
Pull Out Right Side Pin
Two Prongs - End of Pin
Locate the two black plastic retaining pins on the bottom edge of the glove box just above the knee air bag.

Use the two prongs on the pop rivet removal tool to gently pry out the retaining pins.

Remove Left Side Pin
Two Retaining Pins
Pull Out Glove Box
Set the two black plastic retaining pins aside in a safe place.

Open the glove box.

Gently pull the glove box assembly out of the dashboard.

Make sure that the two plastic side stops are clear of the side of the dashboard.

You may need to push the side walls of the glove box in to remove the side stops.

Left Side Side Stopper
Glove Box Removed
Blower Motor Housing
Set the glove box aside in a safe place.

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

Push In Left Side Tab
Right Side Release Tab
Pull Off Filter Cover
There is a small black plastic release tab on the left side and the right side of the rectangular shaped filter access cover.

Push in the two tabs towards the center of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.

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

Set the filter access cover aside in a safe place.

Old Filter Exposed
Pry Out Old Filter
Slide Filter Out of Slot
Once the cover has been removed, you'll be able to see the edge of the old filter.

If you have trouble pulling the old filter out of the slot, use the plastic pry bar tool to slide it out.

Old Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, hair, insects, pollen, soot, sand, seeds, twigs 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 Colorado truck owners.

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


Part # GM 23135671
Empty Filter Slot
"Air Flow" Arrow Down
If you have a crevice attachment for your vacuum, clean out any leaves, insects or other debris in the filter slot within the HVAC blower motor housing.

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

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cabin air filter was marked with the following part numbers: GM 23135671 and MANN Filter 342462373 CU 24 003 Made In Germany.

Slide New Filter Into Slot
Line Up Access Cover
Push To Secure Clips
Slide the new filter straight into the slot.

Make sure the filter is fully seated in the slot.

Line up the filter access cover with the opening in the blower motor housing.

Filter Cover Secured
Line Up Glove Box
Re-Insert Side Stops
Gently push the filter cover back into place.

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

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

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Push the bottom part of the glove back into place to re-attach the hinges together.

Rotate the glove box and re-insert the two plastic side stops back into place behind the dashboard.

Close Glove Box
Slide In Two Pins
Pop In Retaining Pin
Close the glove box and make sure the latch is holding it in place.

Move to the bottom edge of the glove box.

Line up the two black plastic pins with the hinges.

Slide the pins in from the middle of the glove box.

Line Up Right Side Pin
Plastic Pin Secured
Retaining Arm String
Push on the retaining pins until you feel or hear the two barbs on the two prongs "click" securely into place.

Pull the black plastic bracket for the damper string out from behind the right side of the glove box.

Re-Insert Button Into Hole
Secure Mount In Small Hole
Cabin Filter Replaced
Re-insert the round button on the mounting bracket into the larger hole on the right side wall of the glove box.

Firmly push the mounting bracket away from yourself towards the front of the car until the button snaps into the smaller hole in the right side wall of the glove box.

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

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

Enjoy the fresh clean air from your air conditioning system!

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