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How to Replace Honda Civic Cabin Air Filter

Updated on January 8, 2016
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.


The Honda Civic cabin air filter filters air from the outside before its pumped into your car's cabin. If this filter gets too dirty, it could restrict the flow of air into your vehicle. This could cause you to turn the fan up higher, which puts a strain on your gas mileage if you're driving the Honda Civic Hybrid, or can result in your windows defrosting much slower than you'd like, among other problems. Replacing your Honda Civic also increases the air quality in your car's cabin if the filter hasn't been changed in a while. Dealers and car repair shops will charge you an arm and a leg to perform this task, but you can purchase a filter for less than $25 and replace it in your car in less than 15 minutes.

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  1. Open your Honda Civic glove box and remove any contents from it.
  2. Place your hands on the upper-back part of the outside of the left and right walls of the glove box and then push the outer walls toward each other while carefully pulling the glove box toward you. The glove box eventually falls forward, exposing the area where the car's cabin air filter is located behind the glove box container. The cabin air filter cover is located in the center of the area and has two down-pointing arrows in the center of it.
  3. Push in on the tabs located on the center of the left and right edges of the Honda Civic's cabin air filter cover and then carefully pull the cabin air filter straight out of its slot. If your cabin air filter is only slightly dirty, you can just blow the dust out and there's no immediate need to replace it. However, if your cabin air filter is incredibly dirty or physically damaged, it's best that you replace it with a new one.
  4. Hold your cleaned or new Honda Civic cabin air filter so the cover is facing toward you with the two arrows on the front of it pointing down.
  5. Push the cabin air filter into its slot and push it into the slot until it clicks and locks into place.
  6. Lift the glove box and take note of the two little nubs on the outer left and right walls of the glove box. Push the glove box into its slot until the two nubs disappear and the glove box is back in its original position.
  7. Replace the original contents of the glove box and then glove box completely.

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      Max Dalton 5 years ago from Greater St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks, Tony. Glad I could help. Yeah, it is kind of a rip off.

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      TonyG 5 years ago

      You, my friend, just saved me $60. What a scam this job is at dealers and service stations.