How to Change the Cabin Air Filter in a Nissan Frontier


In 1998, Nissan redesigned its popular Hardbody pickup and renamed it the Frontier. Beginning in 2002, Nissan fitted the Frontier with a cabin air filter to eliminate dust and pollen from the outside air before it entered the cabin. Over time, the filter clogs with dirt, and the airflow from the vents may be reduced. In 2005, Nissan redesigned the Frontier, which led to a different, but similar, process to replace the cabin air filter.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver

Replacing a Cabin Air Filter on a 2002 Through 2004 Frontier

  • Open the glove box and pry the pivot pins from the rear part of the inside of the glove box, using a flat-head screwdriver. Pivot the glove box downward and pull it from the dashboard.

  • Pry the clip from the top of the reinforcement panel -- the plastic panel behind the glove box -- using a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the seven reinforcement panel-retaining screws, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the reinforcement panel from the inside of the dashboard, exposing the cooling box behind it.

  • Pull the metal clip from the bottom of the cooling unit. Pull the lower filter from the cooling box, and pull the upper filter out of the cooling box.

  • Insert the first filter into the lower position in the cooling box. Slide the filter upward and into the top position and slide the second filter into the lower filter position in the cooling box. Press the clip onto the bottom of the cooling box to lock the filters in place.

  • Set the reinforcement panel inside the dashboard, and tighten the seven screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Press the clip into the top of the reinforcement panel.

  • Set the glove box back into the dashboard, and press the pivot pins back into place on the inside of the glove box. Close the glove box.

Replacing a Cabin Air Filter on a 2005 Through 2011 Frontier

  • Open the glove box. Press the sides of the glove box inward, so the glove box stopper pins clear the dashboard, and pull the dashboard from the dashboard. Allow the retaining cord on the rear of the glove box to support the glove box, exposing the cooling unit behind the glove box.

  • Remove the nut holding the filter access door -- the rectangular, plastic door on the cooling unit -- with a ratchet and socket, and pull the filter cover from the cooling unit.

  • Pull the leftmost filter from the cooling unit. Slide the rightmost filter to the left and pull it from the cooling unit.

  • Insert one filter into the cooling unit, with the airflow arrow pointing downward, and slide it to the right. Insert the second filter into the cooling unit.

  • Reinstall the filter access door, and tighten the nut with a ratchet and socket.

  • Pivot the glove box upward and press the sides inward, so the glove box stoppers clear the dashboard. Insert the glove box into the dashboard and release the sides. Close the glove box.

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