How to Replace a Cabin Filter on a 2003 Honda Odyssey

by Justin Cupler Google

    After about four years of hard work and research, Honda unveiled its first minivan, the Odyssey, on October 20, 1994 . Despite being unlike any other vehicle that Honda had ever built, the Odyssey was a hot commodity, selling 300,000 units in only three years – beating the fastest-selling-new-Honda record once held by the Civic. The dust and pollen floating around outside has no place in your 2003 Odyssey’s cabin, and changing the cabin air filter every 15,000 miles can help keep it outside where it belongs.

    Items you will need

    • Flat-head screwdriver
    • Ratchet
    • Socket
    • Tin snips
    • Torque wrench


    Step 1

    Open the glove box and remove its contents. Support the glove box with your knee and use a flat-head screwdriver to pry the glove box stops – the plastic tabs on each side of the glove box – toward the center of the glove box until they pop out. Close the glove box and remove the two bolts from its underside, using a ratchet and socket.

    Step 2

    Pull the glove box out of the dashboard and set it in a secure location. Find the plastic brace spanning the width if the glove box opening in the dashboard. If the brace is not there, then skip this step. If the brace is present, cut it at each end, using tin snips, and discard it.

    Step 3

    Remove the two bolts securing the glove box frame – the metal bar behind the plastic brace – using a ratchet and socket. Remove the frame.

    Step 4

    Unfasten the cabin air filter cover – the vertical, rectangular door in the center of the glove box cutout – by lifting up on the tab on the top of the cover, then pivoting the cover downward. Remove the cover. Verify the direction of the “Flow” arrow on the filter and pull the filter from the heating, air-conditioning and ventilation box.


    Step 1

    Slide the new cabin air filter into the HVAC box with its “Flow” arrow pointing in the same direction as the old filter. Hook the bottom end of the cabin air filter lid into its slot, then pivot it upward until it latches in place.

    Step 2

    Install the glove box brace and tighten its retaining bolts until they are snug. Slide the glove box back into its cutout in the dashboard and tighten its retaining bolts to 7 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

    Step 3

    Open the glove box and press the stops into their respective holes on each side of the glove box until you hear them snap into place. Close the glove box.