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I changed the cabin air filter on my 2016 Volt before I sold it. Wanted to do the same for my new 2018 Volt so I ordered a filter without checking in the glove box. Lo and behold: No rubber mat, no access panel, no slot to put the new filter into. Can you give me a clue where or how to go looking to change the cabin air filter? jack
 

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I had to take my glove box completely out to access the cabin air filter in my 2017. GM didn't move it, just made it unnecessarily difficult to get to.
 

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I changed the cabin air filter on my 2016 Volt before I sold it. Wanted to do the same for my new 2018 Volt so I ordered a filter without checking in the glove box. Lo and behold: No rubber mat, no access panel, no slot to put the new filter into. Can you give me a clue where or how to go looking to change the cabin air filter? jack
The 2018 should be the same as the 2016 was.
 

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I had to take my glove box completely out to access the cabin air filter in my 2017. GM didn't move it, just made it unnecessarily difficult to get to.
This is what is happening at both GM & Ford etc. when you outsource everything with no vertical integration and passion for design. One can't even service it easy & why they will loose market share going forward.
It is what happens when a manufacture is run by accountants instead of engineers with a passion... Boeing 737Max is another fine example when they adopted the get rich quick schemes from McDonald Douglas. The on going joke at Boeing was even though they bought out MD they were the ones at the helm. We can all see how that worked out. I wonder when these large corporations will wake up? But the lure of stock options and fast money is why you have the cabin filter behind a glove box you have to take out. $ saved again - sigh.
 

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IMHO, the cabin air filter is a marketing scam. I breath the outside air unfiltered all the time. Why do I need a filter when I'm in the car?
 

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IMHO, the cabin air filter is a marketing scam. I breath the outside air unfiltered all the time. Why do I need a filter when I'm in the car?
Everything seems to need expensive filters these days. My old GE refrigerator ran for 20 years without a filter and it was fine. The new Whirlpool has a $50 water filter that they say needs replacing every 6 months. What?? Back in the day I used to buy air filters for my central A/C in the house for 99 cents. Now the cheap ones are 8 bucks. My '96 Nissan had no cabin filter and it was fine. The newer cars all require cabin filters that the dealer wants to charge $80 to replace!
 

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IMHO, the cabin air filter is a marketing scam. I breath the outside air unfiltered all the time. Why do I need a filter when I'm in the car?
It actually is used to filter out odors from the cabin during recirculation. It also keeps leaves and stuff from getting sucked into the blower. It's amazing how small a hole a wet leaf can be sucked through.
 

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IMHO, the cabin air filter is a marketing scam. I breath the outside air unfiltered all the time. Why do I need a filter when I'm in the car?
Seems like a good idea to me. The dry air and Santa Ana winds means lots of fine dust and debris on the road, that gets kicked up by cars moving at 65mph +. But yeah, an easy DIY project.
Someone needs to invent a motorcycle helmet with a “ cabin air filter” ;-)
 

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I changed my cabin air filter every 2 years of service and the filter media was always absolutely black. Shows how much road dust/asphalt dust etc. is in the air.
 

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This is what is happening at both GM & Ford etc. when you outsource everything with no vertical integration and passion for design. One can't even service it easy & why they will loose market share going forward.
It is what happens when a manufacture is run by accountants instead of engineers with a passion...
That was well put and very true.
 

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I changed my cabin air filter every 2 years of service and the filter media was always absolutely black. Shows how much road dust/asphalt dust etc. is in the air.
You should check it every year, and in your case I'd recommend changing it every year. Dirty and clogged filters force the HVAC blower motor work harder.
 

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I"ve had my 2018 for six months now. I just changed my cabin air filter this morning, took about 10 minutes. I actually wasn't even expecting to see on in there, previous owner must have had one installed. Either way, new one in there, very simple to do.
 

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I"ve had my 2018 for six months now. I just changed my cabin air filter this morning, took about 10 minutes. I actually wasn't even expecting to see on in there, previous owner must have had one installed. Either way, new one in there, very simple to do.
The Gen1 Volt did not come from the factory with the cabin air filter. The Gen2 Volt came from the factory with the cabin air filter.
 
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