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Mazda CX-5 Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 1st generation 2012 to 2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV.

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2013 CX-5 Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Glove Box Damper Arm
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the refreshed 2016 model year) Mazda CX-5 SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, Mazda 6, CX-7, CX-9, and the MX-5 Miata may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers include the following: Mazda KD45-61-J6X, EcoGard XC10189, Hastings AFC1588, Wix # 24103, GKI CF1270 and TYC 800185P.

No tools are needed to change the cabin air filter.

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

Pop Off Damper Arm
Firmly Pull In Side Walls
Remove Plastic Side Stops
The first three steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then move to the outer right side of the glove box and gently pop the damper arm off its mounting rod.

Firmly push in the the two side walls of the glove box until the plastic side stoppers can be removed from behind the dashboard.

Lower Glove Box
HVAC Blower Motor Housing
Slide Out Old Filter
Gently lower the glove box down to the passenger floor mat.

Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Old Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
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.

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

I recommend buying the genuine OEM Mazda KD45-61-J6X cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.


Clean With Vacuum
Slide In New Filter
New Filter Installed
Slide the new cabin air filter in to the slot with the plastic tab facing down towards the floor mat.

Continue sliding in the filter until it is flush with the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Plastic Tab On Bottom Edge
Firmly Push In Side Walls
Re-Insert Side Stops
Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

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

Pop On Plastic Damper Arm
Damper Arm Re-Attached
Close Glove Box
Gently pop the plastic damper arm back on to its mounting bracket on the right side of the glove box.

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

For more, check out all of my Mazda CX-5 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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