Replace The Cabin Air Filters on a 1999 Suzuki Vitara
The cabin air filter is an often overlooked maintenance item. It may seem insignificant, but changing your cabin air filter every few years (more often in dusty environments) increases the efficiency and longevity of your heating and air conditioning system.
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Empty the glove box.
Squeeze in on both sides until you can open the glove box past its normal stopping point.
Let the glove box hang. It's out of the way, and there's no need to remove it.
Removing the Cover
Find the cabin air filter cover and pull the tab on the top up and toward you. It helps to do this on a warm day, as the plastic will be easier to bend.
Once the tab is released, pull the cover toward you, then up to pull the bottom tab out of its slot.
Removing the Old Filters
Pull out the top filter using the tab. You may need to rotate it to one side to get it all the way out.
Lift up and pull out the bottom filter. There may be leaves or other dirt attached. Try to keep it from falling back into the filter slot.
Pull as many leaves or as much dirt as you can out of the filter slot. It will make installation easier.
Installing the New Filters
Open your new pack of filters and install one of them , making sure the tab is facing out, and is on the top. Once it's all the way in, it should drop to the bottom easily.
If it doesn't fit, keep trying, but you may have the wrong filter. If the frame around your new filters does not look like the frame on the old filters, you probably have the wrong ones. See the "Conclusion" section below for more details.
Insert the second filter using the same orientation. You may need to use the same rotation trick you used when removing the old filter.
Make sure the filter is pushed all the way in, then replace the cover and push the glove box closed. You're done!
That was easy! Well, it was easy if you were able to find the correct filter set the first time. See, the Suzuki Vitara is built off of the same hardware as the Chevrolet Tracker. Unfortunately, different Vitaras built in the same year can have slightly different equipment. In my case, the correct cabin air filter was actually one made for a 1999 Chevy Tracker (GM part number 91175923), but every auto parts database seems to list a different filter, presumably for a slightly different version of a 1999 Suzuki Vitara.
Hope you found this helpful! If you find any other variations of air filters for this model, please list them in the comments.