Change The Cabin Air Filter on a Mazda CX-5

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Learn how to change a 2012+ Mazda CX-5 cabin air filter. The manufacturer's schedule says to replace it every 2 years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. This guide includes all the tools and parts needed to get the job done quickly.

I promise, this is a super easy job to do in your driveway or garage. You don't need any tools, and you'll be done in 10 minutes! Let's get started...

Unhinge the Glove Box


Open the glove box.

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Locate the plastic studs that protrude from each side of the glove box. They act as stops for the glove compartment to keep it from flipping down to your feet.


Squeeze the sides of the glove box inward gently.

Squeezing the side in will allow the stopper to clear the opening, and swing open.

Once the stops are free of the opening, the door will swing down freely. The hinges are designed in a way that they'll just disengage when it's open this far. You may want to put something on the floor to prop the door up so it doesn't just hang from the small "shock absorber" on the side of the box.

Replace the Cabin Air Filter


Locate the cabin air filter


Remove the Filter by pulling it straight out.

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Slide the replacement filter in.

Finish Up


Swing the glove box back up into position. Squeeze the sides of the box again to clear the stops on both sides.

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