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Jeep Patriot A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot with part numbers.

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2016 Patriot Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Firmly Push In Side Walls
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Patriot SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator C25869, Fram CF10729, TYC 800142P, ATP Automotive CF-75, Ecogard XC25869C, OEM CAF179P, Premium Guard PC4313, Pentius PHP5869, Mann Filter MC 1071, K&N VF2013 and Bosch P3899WS.

No tools are needed to access and replace the filter.

Release Side Stoppers
Lower Glove Box
Damper String Mount
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the SUV, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

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

Damper Mounting Button
Damper String Detached
Blower Motor Housing
Move to the right outer side wall of the glove box and locate the damper string and the plastic mount.

Pull the black plastic damper string mounting bracket towards yourself until the button on the inner wall moves from the smaller hole to the larger hole and can be removed.

Allow the damper string to slowly retract.

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

Push In Tab - Release Clip
Release Right Side Clip
Pull Off Filter Cover
The filter access cover is held in place by two retaining clips with one located on each side.

Push in the tabs to release the retaining clips before pulling the filter access cover straight off.

Edge of Old Air Filter
Slide Out Old Filter
Inspect Both Sides
Pull the old cabin filter straight out of the 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 soot, dirt, dust, pollen, leaves, insects, leaves, 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've had problems with your A/C system smelling musty or moldy, go with the Fram CF10729 "Fresh Breeze" filter which has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon embedded in the filter to absorb odors.


Clean With Vacuum
Empty Filter Slot
Slide In New Filter
Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrows pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot in the blower motor housing.

Push On Filter Access Panel
Damper String Mount
Insert Button - Larger Hole
Line up the filter access cover with the "Air Flow" arrows pointing down.

Gently push on the filter cover until the two retaining clips click securely in to place.

Pull the damper string out from behind the dashboard.

Damper String Replaced
Slide Button To Smaller Hole
Firmly Push In Side Walls
Re-insert the button for the damper string mount in to the larger hole on the outer right side wall of the glove box.

Push the damper string mount away from yourself to secure the button in to the smaller hole.

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

Re-insert Side Stops
Glove Box Replaced
Close Glove Box
Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

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

For more, check out my other 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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