Replace Volkswagen Routan cabin filter

Replace Volkswagen Routan cabin filter. This tutorial is for model from year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

In this tutorial you find step by step where is located and  how to change VW Routan cabin filter by yourself.

Where is located VW Routan cabin air filter?

Maintenance of a car differ from a vehicle to another. If you car service is approaches, below you can see how to change air conditioning filter.

  • Open the glove compartment. Remove the panel from the right side of the dashboard and remove the same the panel located under glove box.

    Volkswagen Routan cabin air filter location
    Volkswagen Routan cabin air filter location
  • Remove the screw from the glove box, do not forget the screw behind the glove box.Volkswagen Routan screw behind the glove box
  • After you remove all screw pull the glove box out. Here you will see cabin air filter housing. Remove filter housing cover to see VW Routan cabin filterLocate Volkswagen Routan cabin filter
  • Pull the old filter straight and replace with then new Volkswagen Routan cabin filter with the air flow arrow pointing down.

    Change Volkswagen Routan cabin filter
    Change Volkswagen Routan cabin filter
  • Replace all pieces back in the reverse order (cabin air filter housing cover, glove box compartment, all screws).

Pictures can be different from one car to another but the procedure is the same.

Why is necessary to replace the cabin air filter? Is necessary to replace this filter to protect you and your passenger from bad odors, some allergen, from pollen and is very important if somebody from your car is allergic to pollen, dust and other particle.

Source: Service owner manual, google and other forums.

16 thoughts on “Replace Volkswagen Routan cabin filter

    1. For 2010 Routan cabin air filter please check behind glove box compartment not under glovebox compartment. Please see attached image.
      2010 Routan cabin air filter
      2010 Routan cabin air filter
      Here have 2 screws. Unscrew this to access cabin air filter housing cover.
      Remove cover and replace 2010 Routan cabin air filter.

      Thanks!

  1. My routan 2011 does’n have the filtre like You show,is Thérèse another model the ne the one You show.

    Tanks

    Serge Audet.

    1. For 2011 Routan cabin air filter can be behind glove box compartment not under glove boxe. Please see attached image.
      2011 Routan cabin air filter
      Here have 2 screws. Unscrew this to access cabin air filter housing cover.
      Remove cover and replace 2011 Routan cabin air filter.

      Thanks!

    1. Please check under the glove box compartment. Here need to be the access door of your VW Routan SE cabin air filter.

  2. Our 2012 VW Routan SE has what looks like a honeycomb plastic cage that appears to not easily open up. Is it possible that the cabin air filter wasn’t designed to be replaced? I have a picture that I took and can send it if you let me know an email address. Thanks!

  3. I have a 2014 Routan and the dealership says there is no cabin filter system on this model. Is there an aftermarket attachment that I can purchase somewhere and install it myself?

    1. I think that this depends on your model. For example the S and SE don’t have a cabin air filter. Only the SEL and SEL Premium have it.

      1. I am going to wrap that cage with Fabreeze sheets. How ridiculous it is that a luxurious vehicle like the 2012 Routan SE, not come equipped with a cabin air filter!

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