Replacing the in-cabin microfilter - 2006 Nissan Altima
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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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