Change The Cabin Air Filter on a Nissan Frontier

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Learn how to change a 2005-2014 Nissan Frontier cabin air filter. The manufacturer's schedule says to replace it once a year or every 20,000 miles. This guide includes all the tools and parts needed to get the job done quickly.

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.

Changing the Cabin Air Filter


The cabin air filter is located behind the glove box door. Remove the contents from your glovebox.


Next, squeeze the sides of the glovebox door inwards and pull it towards you and down. This will release it from the tabs that helps it open. It should fall forward once it is clear of the tabs.


Disconnect the arm on the backside of the glovebox by pulling it towards you.


With the glovebox out of the way, you will see the cabin filter access panel on the right side. Remove the access panel.


With the access panel removed, you can now remove the cabin air filters. The Nissan Frontier comes with a dual filtration system, so there are 2 filters in the housing (the part numbers above come with 2 filters per box). Pull the first one straight out. The 2nd will be to the right. Slide it over and out just as you did the first filter.

Replacing the Cabin Filter


With the air flow arrows pointed DOWN, take the first filter and slide it back into the housing. Once you have it in, slide it back over to the right hand side of the housing.


Now take your second filter and slide it back into place next to the first filter.


Reinstall the filter access panel.


Lift the glove box door back up so you can now reattach the arm located on the backside of the door. Reconnect the arm.


Push the glovebox door back into place. You will hear it snap back onto the tabs on the left and right side of the door.


With everything secure, you can now enjoy fresh air on your next outing!

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Note; the access panel has a plastic clip that needs to be pushed down, gently, to allow access cover to come off. OR... it will snap right off being plastic and dark.

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