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Old 08-07-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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I just replaced the cabin air filter in my 2008 Saturn Vue 4cyl. It is located behind the glove box. Here are the steps I followed:

Remove the 2 hinge pins below the glove box. I used a slot screwdriver to help by prying lightly.

Open and drop the glove box and let it hang on the retractable string. You need to do this to access the 3 lower screws.

Remove the 6 phillips head screws on the plastic panel behind the glove box. You'll need to maneuver the box a bit to access the lower right screw.

Remove the panel. There are 2 body latches on the right and one on the upper left that just snap out easily when pulling.

Now you'll see the access panel to the filter that is laying horizontally. Squeeze the latches and lift the cover.

The old filter pulls out easily.

Replace the new filter. There is an air flow arrow on the filter and on the plastic.

Close the cover. And reverse the steps. Be sure all 3 male latches on the panel are pressed in before installing the 6 screws. My filter was very dirty with 19,000 miles. I drive in Western New York.

We also own an 04 Vue which was much easier to access on the fire wall!

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Old 08-27-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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Mine was alittle easier to do.
I removed the 3 screws that hold the top of the glove box, closed the door on the box to remove the 3 screws on the bottom. Popped the 3 body latches loose and the glove box was ready to remove. I did have to disconnect 2 glove box light connectors. On the filter case I lifted 2 latches to remove the filter.

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Old 08-27-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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I'm just curious...at what mileage did you replace the filter? I was under the impression that it was supposed to be done at each Maintanence II service or once every 12 months...but my dealer claimed it was only every 25k miles despite what the manual says...

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Old 08-27-2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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I'm sure the mileage would be best. Because it would properly represent the amount of time the VUE was actually operating.

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Old 08-27-2009, 04:36 PM   #5
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I would have thought factors beyond mileage would matter. I live in the south and we have ridiculously high pollen problems during the spring months...and parts of the summer. I would have thought that would affect the need to change the cabin filter more often...at least at that point. The manual says in dusty conditions the filter may need to be changed more often and should be checked at every oil change...but it never states a mileage. On my Ion they changed it at every Maintanence II service just as my Vue's manual says...anyway, seeing this thread made me think about it again and wonder lol.

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Old 08-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #6
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I just replaced the cabin air filter in my 2008 Saturn Vue 4cyl. It is located behind the glove box. Here are the steps I followed:

Remove the 2 hinge pins below the glove box. I used a slot screwdriver to help by prying lightly.

Open and drop the glove box and let it hang on the retractable string. You need to do this to access the 3 lower screws.

Remove the 6 phillips head screws on the plastic panel behind the glove box. You'll need to maneuver the box a bit to access the lower right screw.

Remove the panel. There are 2 body latches on the right and one on the upper left that just snap out easily when pulling.

Now you'll see the access panel to the filter that is laying horizontally. Squeeze the latches and lift the cover.

The old filter pulls out easily.

Replace the new filter. There is an air flow arrow on the filter and on the plastic.

Close the cover. And reverse the steps. Be sure all 3 male latches on the panel are pressed in before installing the 6 screws. My filter was very dirty with 19,000 miles. I drive in Western New York.

We also own an 04 Vue which was much easier to access on the fire wall!
Thanks for the reminder and the how too info. I have 2 cabin filters that I purchased on Ebay ($9.95 EA.) The brand name is TYC.
I have the original one in there so I can only imagine what it looks like by now.

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Old 08-28-2009, 06:15 AM   #7
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I just replaced the cabin air filter in my 2008 Saturn Vue 4cyl. It is located behind the glove box. Here are the steps I followed:

Remove the 2 hinge pins below the glove box. I used a slot screwdriver to help by prying lightly.

Open and drop the glove box and let it hang on the retractable string. You need to do this to access the 3 lower screws.

Remove the 6 phillips head screws on the plastic panel behind the glove box. You'll need to maneuver the box a bit to access the lower right screw.

Remove the panel. There are 2 body latches on the right and one on the upper left that just snap out easily when pulling.

Now you'll see the access panel to the filter that is laying horizontally. Squeeze the latches and lift the cover.

The old filter pulls out easily.

Replace the new filter. There is an air flow arrow on the filter and on the plastic.

Close the cover. And reverse the steps. Be sure all 3 male latches on the panel are pressed in before installing the 6 screws. My filter was very dirty with 19,000 miles. I drive in Western New York.

We also own an 04 Vue which was much easier to access on the fire wall!
Sounds like a great annual maintenance issue.

I sure it helps your blower speed volume.

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Old 08-28-2009, 06:18 AM   #8
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Mileage or time delay, none of these are really significant for this part. It is more a reminder than a real mandatory replacement, since this part is not a "functional" one and the fact that it becomes "too dirty" won't affect the vehicle, only the passengers. If you don't change it often enough, then the ventilation system may be affected (reduced air flow, loss of air conditioning efficiency), but nothing would break. Well... I hope nothing would break!

I removed my glovebox last week because I was hearing a buzz from that place (I hate dash noises...) and it was a loose screw underneath the glovebox. I took the opportunity to take a look at the filter and it is quite easy to replace, much easier than it was in the 2002-2007 Vue, from my point of view (it was easier to access in the old Vue, but removing and installing the filter was difficult... guess why!)

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Old 08-28-2009, 06:38 AM   #9
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Mine was alittle easier to do.
I removed the 3 screws that hold the top of the glove box, closed the door on the box to remove the 3 screws on the bottom. Popped the 3 body latches loose and the glove box was ready to remove. I did have to disconnect 2 glove box light connectors. On the filter case I lifted 2 latches to remove the filter.

I only have 8000 miles on my '08 and I bought it in Oct of '07 and this is the first time that I changed out the filter. It was more dirty than I expected so 12,000 miles, like the manual states, is a good reference.

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Old 08-30-2009, 11:24 PM   #10
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Mine was alittle easier to do.
I removed the 3 screws that hold the top of the glove box, closed the door on the box to remove the 3 screws on the bottom. Popped the 3 body latches loose and the glove box was ready to remove. I did have to disconnect 2 glove box light connectors. On the filter case I lifted 2 latches to remove the filter.
Did mine today as per your instruction which was dead accurate by the way. They should be changed once a year based on what mine looked like after 20,000k

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:11 AM   #11
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I live in long island, the filter on my ion and vue after one year are gray/black. I change mine in june after most of the spring pollen, if you change them in the fall i found out they tend to get moldy. I buy mine on www.acdelco.com and they are shiped right to my house.

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Old 09-21-2009, 05:07 PM   #12
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Just replaced mine on my 2008 with 44K miles. It was filthy and black. I was surprised.

I was also surprised at the $45 cost for the new filter. ABSURD cost for a paper filter.

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Old 09-21-2009, 08:19 PM   #13
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Just replaced mine on my 2008 with 44K miles. It was filthy and black. I was surprised.

I was also surprised at the $45 cost for the new filter. ABSURD cost for a paper filter.
http://www.freshcabinair.com/

$22.98 for a 2 pack.

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Old 09-22-2009, 10:02 AM   #14
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$22.98 for a 2 pack.
That's a great price!
I just received one I ordered from Rock auto.com where I paid $18.00 for a Fram filter.
I was ordering parts for another car, and added it to the order so shipping was really nothing.

Pricing seems to be all over the map for these filters.
Advance Auto Parts lists it on their website at over $40.00!
No way would I pay that.

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Old 09-23-2009, 02:59 PM   #15
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$22.98 for a 2 pack.
Thanks for the link. Ordered a 2 pack. I probably should have replaced it sooner based on what everyone else has experienced.

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:52 PM   #16
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I just replaced the cabin air filter in my 2008 Saturn Vue 4cyl. It is located behind the glove box. Here are the steps I followed:

Remove the 2 hinge pins below the glove box. I used a slot screwdriver to help by prying lightly.

Open and drop the glove box and let it hang on the retractable string. You need to do this to access the 3 lower screws.

Remove the 6 phillips head screws on the plastic panel behind the glove box. You'll need to maneuver the box a bit to access the lower right screw.

Remove the panel. There are 2 body latches on the right and one on the upper left that just snap out easily when pulling.

Now you'll see the access panel to the filter that is laying horizontally. Squeeze the latches and lift the cover.

The old filter pulls out easily.

Replace the new filter. There is an air flow arrow on the filter and on the plastic.

Close the cover. And reverse the steps. Be sure all 3 male latches on the panel are pressed in before installing the 6 screws. My filter was very dirty with 19,000 miles. I drive in Western New York.

We also own an 04 Vue which was much easier to access on the fire wall!
Ok, replaced the filter in our '08 last night,

There is no need to unhinge the glove box lid.

Remove 3 phillips head screws under glove box.
Open glove box and remove 3 phillips head screws.
Remove Glove box as a unit.
There are 2 (at least on mine) push style locating clips, 1 on the left & 1 on the right side that will still be holding the glove box in the dash. Just pull the box out, it'll be ok.

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Old 10-10-2009, 02:58 PM   #17
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Everyone,
thanks for the info, replaced mine today with 19,800 miles. DEFINITELY needed to be replaced! Took 12 minutes start to finish so not too bad to do.

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Old 10-12-2009, 01:56 PM   #18
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I replace mine at least once a year. I also "augment" mine by getting the carbon-impregnated air filter sheets at Home Depot, cutting to size, and using what amounts to gaffer's tape to tape the carbon filter sheet to the back side of the air filter.

On my '04, it takes me ~5 mins to pop the pop-rivets, pull up the panel, replace the filter, and reassemble. I found that a broad-tipped slotted screwdriver and a pair of needle-nose pliers works pretty well at removing the pop-rivets.

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Old 10-27-2009, 06:22 PM   #19
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i just replaced mine as well....$10 on ebay .... but i thought it was a major pain in the butt to replace. the 6 screws were easy....the panel clips came undone kind of hard to pull the surround on the box out.

the right side clip on the air filter door broke right when i lifted it. (it closed tightly though and snapped shut after the new filter went in)

after i hooked my light and the switch back up, my light worked,but only for a few seconds. it came unhooked again on both the switch and the light,so i tried every way possible to hook em back up, and nothing....the light wont come on now. guess its going to the dealer before they close down !!!!!!!!

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Old 10-27-2009, 06:45 PM   #20
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well, i got my light working...i took it all apart again,and twisted the bulb about 1/4 turn....it came right on.

so all in all....about 10-15 minutes to change the filter....

but i found the 2nd time you DO NOT need to unhinge the glove box on the bottom with the 2 black plastic pins.....just remove the 3 top screws and 3 bottom screws, and gently pull the plastic box surround from the top and unclick the plastic from the clips.

pretty easy from there, escept a plastic clip on the right side of the cabin filter housing broke off when i popped the cover open.

notice the reoccuring theme word in this post??? " PLASTIC" ....seems like the whole damn car is plastic !

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