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Chevrolet Cruze Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2011-2015 GM Chevy Cruze.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Cruze Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Glove Box Damper String
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & possibly the 2015) GM Chevrolet Cruze in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Sonic, Volt, Malibu, Camaro, Corvette, Impala, Equinox, Traverse, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Cadillac ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX, Escalade, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon and Savana may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers include the following: ACDelco CF184, TYC 800149C, Fram CF10775, Wix 24191, Hastings AFC1457, STP CAF1872C, ATP GA-21, and OEM # CAF256C.

No tools are needed to access the cabin air filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum may be useful for cleaning the existing element.

Push Plastic Piece Out
Damper String Released
Pull In Side Walls
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of your Cruze, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then move to the right side of the glove box and locate the thin black damper "rope" or string.

Raise the glove box a few inches to release the tension on the string and then push the black plastic piece at the end through the hole in the glove box.

Now the glove box is just held in place by two black plastic and rubber stops at each side wall.

Gently pull the two side walls of the glove box towards the center until the side stops can be removed from the dashboard.

Side Stops Released
Lower Glove Box
Cabin Filter Access Panel
An alternative method to remove the side stops is to flip them out by prying up on their front edges.

I found it easier to just firmly pull in the two flexible side walls of the glove box so that the side stops clear the dashboard.

Gently lower the glove box down to the passenger floor mat. The plastic hinge at the bottom of the glove box may come apart when you lower it to the floor. But it can easily be re-attached once you have replaced the filter.

Behind the glove box, you'll see the black plastic rectangular filter access panel.

Push Out Right Clip
Push Out Left Side Clip
Pull Off Top Plastic Clip
The cabin air filter access cover is held in place by three black plastic clips. There is one on each side and another at the top middle of the cover.

Gently push outwards on the left and right side clips to release them. Pull the clip at the top middle upwards and towards yourself to release it.


Lower Filter Access Cover
Slide Out Old Air Filter
Inspect Both Sides
Lower the filter cover towards yourself. It will remain attached to the blower motor housing by a plastic hinge at the bottom edge.

Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot. (The brand names and part numbers on the side edge of this OEM cabin air filter read: P5938 GM Duns 781014944 180812, Part 13 271 190 1127, Delphi 52425938.)

Inspect both sides of the old cabin air filter. If the old filter appears to be relatively clean, just tap out any large debris and clean out any fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

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

I recommend buying either the OEM GM ACDelco CF184 filter or the Fram CF10775 "Fresh Breeze" filter since they both have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Clean Filter With Vacuum
Filter Slot - Blower Motor
Slide In New Cabin Filter
If your vacuum has a thin crevice attachment, carefully clean out any debris that may be inside the filter slot and blower motor housing.

Orientate the cleaned or new cabin air filter element with the "Air Flow" indicator arrow facing down towards the floor mat and slide it straight in to the slot.

Flip Up Filter Cover
Snap 3 Clips In Place
Re-Attach Glove Box Hinges
Raise the filter access cover and firmly push it closed to snap the three clips in place.

Double check that the two side clips and the fastener clip at the top middle of the filter cover are securely in place.

Line up the plastic hinges at the bottom of the glove box and pop them back together.

Insert Side Stops
Insert Damper String Piece
Insert Plastic Side Stop
Raise the glove box and firmly push together the two side walls to re-insert the side stops past the edges of the dashboard.

If you removed the side stops from the glove box, raise the glove box past the dashboard and then re-install the side stops.

Pop Side Stop In To Place
Glove Box Re-Installed
Close Glove Box
Make sure that the side stops are securely in place and the allow the glove box to rest on them.

Push the plastic piece at the end of the damper string in through the hole on the right side of the glove box.

Replace the contents of your glove box. Close the glove box to finish the job.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Cruze Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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