The cabin air filter, the one thing that I always forget about because it is something that is in the newer cars (probably not that new anymore) and I have not owned too many of them. I believe my Honda had one that was never changed, the Envoy has one that has been changed once, the Jetta had one but I’m not sure if I changed that, and the Enclave. So I’ve owned four cars with a cabin filter…..and maybe have changed them once or twice.
I’m trying to get into the habit of changing the Cabin Air Filter every time I perform a tune up on the cars, so for me that would be about every 30k miles, this should keep the air in the passenger compartment nice and fresh and smelling neutral. For the Enclave, it will be the first time I’m changing this filter and it comes on the heels of doing the tune up.
The first order of business is to figure out where it is; in the Enclave (and in most vehicles) the cabin air filter is located behind the glove compartment. So, use the handle to open it up.
When the glove compartment opens fully, you will see the mechanism that allows for the slow opening of the compartment. The bar that is actually attached the compartment will need to be removed. This is not that difficult, but you will need to push it back in its groove to allow it to come out. You will probably need to push up on the compartment a little to allow the operation to be successful, be careful here, these parts are plastic and there is opportunity for breakage, and that is the last thing you want to do.
Next, there are two clips that hold the glove compartment in place. You will need to twist them out and remove them. Again, you will need to be a little careful because if you are not holding the compartment, it will just fall and flop down. You want to be a little gentle as to not break anything, not overly cautious or anything, just careful. Also, don’t lose track of the little clips, they can wander off.
At this point the glove compartment will fall down low enough to allow you access to the cabin air filter.
There are four clips that are holding the cover on the air filter compartment. Press down on each of the clips and remove the cover. The locations of the clips are below.
The cover should pull straight off; once it is removed it will reveal the actual cabin air filter that you want to replace.
Pull out that dirty old filter and discard it.
Just pop in the new replacement filter and put it all back together. Provided that you did not break anything on the way in it should be pretty easy. As always, the installation is the reverse of the removal.