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Nissan Maxima Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in an 8th generation 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nissan Maxima.

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2016 Maxima Passenger Footwell
Under & Left of Glove Box
Filter Access Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Nissan Maxima sports sedan in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Altima, Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, Kicks, NV, NV200, G25, G37, M35 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement A/C cabin air filters with their part number are as follows: EcoGard XC10020, Fram CF11776, TYC 800177C, PotAuto MAP 1055C, PT Auto Warehouse CF177P, Wix WP10009 and ACDelco CF3353.

No tools are needed to access and replace the filter.

Closer View of Release Tab
Lift Up Release Tab
Swing Out Bottom Edge
The first two steps are to move to the front passenger footwell and look under the glove box.

Locate the vertically mounted filter access cover on the left side of the footwell.

The HVAC blower motor housing is located at the front of the center stack.

Gently lift up the tab at the bottom of the filter access cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing open the bottom edge of the filter access panel.

Pull Down Filter Cover
Filter Cover Removed
Tab - Top Edge of Cover
Pull down the access cover to remove the tab at the top from its slot.

Set the filter access cover aside in a safe place.

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Outer Edge of Old Filter
Compress Old Filter
Gently compress the old A/C filter and pull it out of the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.
Pull Filter Down & Out
Remove Below Glove Box
Almost Free
You will need to angle the old filter down towards the floor mat to get it past the various obstructions under the glove box.


Old Filter Removed
MicronAir OEM Filter
Inspect Old Filter
When you remove the old filter, make a mental note of any "Air Flow" arrows which should be pointing towards the rear of the vehicle.

The genuine Nissan OEM filter in this 2016 Maxima was part # MicronAir 27277-3JC1A.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

Check Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Empty Filter Slot
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, dust, sand, pollen, soot, insects, leaves, twigs, hair and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the EcoGard XC10020 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Check for any leaves or other debris inside the filter slot.

If your wet/dry shop vacuum has a crevice attachment, use it to clean out any debris in the filter housing.

Blower Motor Housing
Compress New Filter
Slide In New Filter
Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow (if present) with the arrow pointing back towards the rear of the car.

Carefully bunch together the new filter and insert it into the slot.

You will need to insert the new filter while holding it at a slight angle to clear the obstructions below the glove box.

New Filter Installed
Line Up Filter Cover
Re-Insert Top Tab In Slot
Continue installing the new filter until it is fully seated in the housing.

Line up the filter access cover with the tab on the bottom retaining clip facing out towards the front passenger door.

Re-insert the plastic tab at the top of the filter cover into its slot at the top of the filter slot. (Not pictured.)

Push In Bottom Clip
Filter Cover Secured
Filter Change Complete!
Gently push in the bottom edge of the filter access cover until you hear or feel the retaining clip "click" securely into place.

Double check that the filter cover is secure.

Be sure to record the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

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

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