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Mitsubishi Lancer Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in an 8th generation 2008 to 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer.

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2015 Lancer Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Empty Out
Glove Box Damper Arm
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Mitsubishi Lancer in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Mirage, Lancer Evolution ("Evo"), Outlander, 3000GT, Diamante, Eclipse, Endeavor, Galant, Montero, ASX, Triton L200 and Raider may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers include the following: Purolator C35530, Fram CF10140, Mann-Filter MC 1012,  K&N VF2004, ATP RA-71, Premium Guard PC5530, Wix 49363, Pentius PHB5530, Ecogard XC35530, Mahle LA 424 and TYC 800106P.

No tools are needed to replace the cabin air filter.

Pop Off Damper Arm
Firmly Push In Side Walls
Release Plastic Side Stops
The first few 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 wall of the glove box and locate the plastic damper arm.

Gently pop the damper arm off its mounting peg.

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

Lower Glove Box To Floor
HVAC Blower Motor Housing
Retaining Clip - Right Side
Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

The plastic hinge might separate but it can easily be re-attached later.

Once the glove box is out of the way, you'll be able to see the white plastic HVAC blower motor housing.

Gently Pull Out Clip
Gently Pull Out Left Side Clip
Pull Off Filter Cover
The rectangular white plastic filter access cover is held in place by two retaining clips.

Gently pull out the retaining clips on the left and right side of the cover before pulling it straight off.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Old Filter Exposed
Slide Out Old Filter
Inspect Both Sides
Slide the 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.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF10140 "Fresh Breeze" filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.


Empty Filter Slot
Clean Old Filter With Vacuum
Air Flow Arrows Down
Orientate the new cabin filter with the "Air Flow" arrows pointing down towards the floor mat.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

Line Up Filter Cover
Push On Filter Access Cover
Re-Attach Hinges
Line up the filter access panel and gently push it back in to place to secure the two retaining clips.

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

Raise Glove Box
Re-Insert Side Stops
Side Stops Re-Installed
Raise the glove box and firmly push in the two side walls until the plastic side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.
Line Up Damper Arm
Push On Damper Arm
Close Glove Box
Move to the outer right side of the glove box and gently pop the damper arm on to its mounting post.

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

For more, check out my other 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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