Replacing the in-cabin microfilter - 2006 Nissan Altima
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Posted by: Doozer, on 7/22/2009, in category "Articles"
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So last week I had another oil change done at the dealership, and they reminded me *again* that I should replace my in-cabin air filter. According to the manual, it's supposed to be replaced every 24,000kms, and since I've just passed 62,000 with no changes, the dealership is probably right. But there was no way I was going pay them $129.99 to do it.

I went to Canadian Tire and bought a replacement filter for $45 (it's probably available even cheaper online), and started looking online for any guides on how to change the filter. I knew that the filter was behind the glove box, but unlike my wife's Jetta (who's cabin filter is easily accessible from under the hood), it seemed that the Altima's was a bit more hidden. In looking online for tips on how to change the filter, I found a lot of written instructions, but no images.

After doing it, the damn thing took me all of 5 minutes, so it's something I highly recommend for the DIY'er. The only thing that could've made it faster is if I'd had pictures of what to do, so maybe this will help others.

Step 1. Locating the filter. You can actually see the door that covers the filter when you open the glove box.

Step 2. Locating the pins that hold the glove box in place. They are part of the bottom hinge, and just get pushed towards each other.

The pins pop right out, which made me think I'd broken them.

Step 3. Release the glove box door gently, letting it hang by the cable. You can detach the cable if you want, but it's completely unecessary.

Step 4. Pop off the filter cover. There are two tabs. No sweat.

Step 5. Pull out the old filter. There's no tab that I could see, you just wiggle your fingers in and grab it.

Step 6. Put in your new clean filter, and reverse the steps. That's all there is to it..

Ugh. That's a big difference. And just to show that my filter started out white, I flipped it over. There was definitely no uniform-gray color on that filter to start with.

Now enjoy breathing that clean air until the next change. And now that you know how easy it is, don't wait as long as I did to change it.

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Comment posted by Phil on Friday, August 06, 2010 2:37 PM
Just bought a 2006 altma and was leary of doing it myself, until I came across your posting.  Great pictures - it was as simple as you stated.  Thanks!
Comment posted by todd on Sunday, January 16, 2011 4:16 PM
I went to 3 different stations to have my oil change during the past year and they all stated a new cabin filter was recommended.  Went onto Ebay and bought a new filter for $11 and tried to install it.  Had no idea what I was doing until I came across your article with pictures.  Thank you so much for the much needed help. (It helps to have a daughter with small hands to install a new one)  Your article saved me at least $80
Comment posted by brady on Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:19 AM
THANKS FOR THIS! first good DIY i came across for my Altima.

the original was nasttyyyyyyy
Comment posted by mike on Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:50 PM
thank for the post.Saved me $100.
Comment posted by chiyo on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:02 AM
Thanks for the post!  This was very helpful and much easier to follow than the instructions in the owner's manual.  
Comment posted by VIc on Monday, October 31, 2011 3:45 PM
im having extreme difficulty with step 4 i tried pulling and pushing those tabs but the cover wont come off
Comment posted by gulfview on Thursday, December 01, 2011 2:04 PM
This is the best DYI posting on the subject.  Great pictures and explanation.  Having said that I was all set to do it and then I stopped by a local oil change place and they would do it for $29.99...couldn't beat it since the part itself was $16.99 and no aggravation.  But I wouldnn't hesitate if the price goes up in the future.  Thanks.

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