How to Change the Cabin Air Filter for a 1999 Honda CRV

by Justin Cupler

    In 1997, Honda debuted a compact, Civic-based SUV and dubbed it the CR-V. Its small stature, good fuel economy and useful space were all key in making it a best-selling compact SUV. The 1999 CR-V came standard with air conditioning, which included a dust and pollen filter to keep contaminants out of the cabin air. Honda recommends replacing this filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles, depending on your driving conditions. Replacing this filter is a simple task that most owners can complete.

    Items you will need

    • Ratchet
    • Socket
    • Torque wrench

    Removal

    Step 1

    Empty the glove box. Locate the glove box stops on both sides of the glove box, near the rear. Pull on each glove box stop until you feel it click free, then pull each glove box stop from its respective hole.

    Step 2

    Examine the underside of the glove box and find the bolts securing the glove box hinge to the dashboard. Remove these bolts, using a ratchet and socket, and pull the glove box out of the dashboard.

    Step 3

    Look through the glove box cutout in the dashboard and find the evaporator core housing – the large, black plastic box. Notice the wiring harness that has clips securing it to the evaporator core housing. Pull the wiring harness from each clip and push the wiring harness aside.

    Step 4

    Find the cabin filter lid – the roughly 6-inch-long plastic cover connected to the evaporator core box. Unlock the filter lid by pulling downward on its locking tab near the bottom of the lid and then pivoting it upward slightly. Lift upward on the lid to free it from the abutment near the top of the evaporator core box. Remove the lid, exposing the cabin air filter and its housing.

    Step 5

    Notate the direction of the “Air flow” arrows on the cabin air filter housing. Grip the cabin air filter housing – the plastic frame that the old filter sits in – and slide it out of the evaporator core box. Pull the old filter from the housing and discard it.

    Installation

    Step 1

    Look on the front of the cabin air filter housing and find the “Air flow” arrows. Position the new cabin air filter in the housing with the arrows pointing in the same direction as those on the filter housing.

    Step 2

    Position the cabin air filter housing, so its “Air flow” arrows are pointing in the same direction they were prior to removal. Slide the cabin air filter housing into the evaporator box until it stops moving.

    Step 3

    Hook the top of cabin air filter lid over the abutment on the top of the evaporator core box, then pivot downward and press it toward the evaporator core box until its locking tab snaps into place.

    Step 4

    Set the glove box into place in its cutout in the dashboard and align the bolt holes on its hinges with the bolt holes in the dashboard. Hand-tighten the hinge-to-dashboard bolts and then tighten them to 7 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.

    Step 5

    Lift the glove box upward until the mounting holes for the glove box stops are inside of the cutout in the dashboard. Hold the glove box in place with your knee and insert each glove box stop into its respective hole and slide each stop forward until it snaps into place. Close the glove box.

    References

    • ProDemand: 1999 Honda CR-V Cabin Air Filter