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Jeep Compass Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2011 to 2017 Jeep Compass SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2014 Compass Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Push In Side Walls
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the refreshed, "revised" or post "facelift" first generation 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and early 2017 model year Jeep Compass in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM vehicles such as the Avenger, 200, 300, Town & Country, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, 1500, 2500, 3500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator C25869, Fram CF10729, Denso 454-5000, Mopar 5058693AA, Premium Guard PC4313, OEM CAF179C, Ecogard XC25869C, Pentius PHP5869, Mann Filter # MC 1071, Bosch C3899WS, ACDelco CF2225C and Mahle Original LA 569.

No tools are needed to access and replace the OEM cabin air filter.

Lower Glove Box
Stopper & Dampener String
HVAC Blower Motor Housing
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then firmly pull in the two side walls of the glove box until the rubber side stops can be released from behind the dashboard.

Gently lower the glove box away from the dashboard.

An optional step is to pull off the black plastic mounting bracket for the glove box damper string located on the right side.

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

Press In Release Tabs
Retaining Clips Released
Pull Off Filter Access Panel
The filter access cover is held in place by two retaining clips with one located on each side.

Push in the tab on each side of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.

Pull the filter cover off the blower motor housing and set it aside in a safe place.

Left Side Retaining Clip
Old Filter In Slot
Slide Out Old Filter
Slide the old filter straight out of the slot in the blower motor housing.


Inspect Old Filter
Clean With Vacuum
Empty Filter Slot
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

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

I recommend buying the Purolator C25869 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you have trouble with musty or moldy odors from your A/C system, go for the Fram CF10729 "Fresh Breeze" filter which is embedded with Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon.

New Filter - Air Flow Down
Line Up Filter Cover
Filter Access Panel Replaced
Orientate the new cabin air filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

Line up the filter access cover with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down.

Gently push on the filter cover until you hear or feel the two retaining clips "click" securely in to place.

Push In Rubber Side Stops
Close Glove Box
Cabin Filter Replaced
Raise the glove box up towards the dashboard.

Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box until the rubber side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

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

For more, check out my other Jeep Compass DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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