Replace The Cabin Filter on a Nissan Altima

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A commonly overlooked maintenance item on todays modern cars is the cabin filter. The purpose of the cabin filter is to clean the air that enters through the ventilation system by filtering out pollen, dust, and other various materials (including some odors) that can give your car that not so new smell. This is particularly important if you suffer from allergies or other respiratory problems.

The average recommendation to change a cabin filter is every 12,000-15,000 miles or once a year. This article covers how to change your cabin filter in a 2007-2012 Nissan Altima.

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Cabin Filter Removal


To begin with the removal of the old filter, open the glove box door and remove the 3 glove box assembly screws along the topside.


Next, remove the 3 glove box assembly screws along the lower portion.


With the assembly screws removed, disconnect the trunk switch and glove box lamp connectors. Once everything is disconnected, you can now remove the glove box assembly.


Remove the center console lid side panel on the passenger side. This panel is held by 3 clips in the front (side farthest from firewall) and 1 clip in the rear (nearest to the firewall). Gently pull the panel from the front first, releasing the 3 clips, then continue to pull back to disconnect the clip in the rear.


The cabin filter is located in the rearward section of the center console behind an access door. Remove the filter access door by depressing the locking tab to release.


With the door removed, slide out old cabin filter by pulling on the tab and squeezing the filter through the opening.

Cabin Filter Replacement


Install new filter by squeezing the filter through the opening. Ensure that the pull tab is located on the bottom and the air flow arrow indicator is pointing towards the rear of the vehicle.


Reverse the steps taken to remove filter to reassemble.

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