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A low quality control item with an easy fix.
Already on my list to check when I pick mine up at the dealer in the near future I hope.

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It's been mentioned a few times on this forum that the cover for the in cabin air filter is causing this whistle. Remove and reinstall fixes it.
I thought this could be the issue. Is the cabin air filter located behind the glove compartment? I am guessing you just bend the glove compartment in and pull it down to get behind it? I am looking through user manual and have not found any specifics on how to get to it just yet.

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Is there anything special I need to do to remove the glove box? Remove the damper and squeeze?
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How do I remove the glovebox to get to the filter? On other cars the glove glove box walls are flexible and you can just mash it in and open the door down to the floorboard. This one is rigid and doesn't want to give to let the door open.
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Is there anything special I need to do to remove the glove box? Remove the damper and squeeze?
Well I figured out how to remove it. Not sure if it is per the manual. There are two plastic cotter pins holding the hinges in place at the bottom of the glove compartment. I just removed the one on the left by squeezing it and pushing it to the right with a screwdriver handle. That put enough play in the door to get to it and make sure it was seated.

Total B.S. that you have to remove pins to get the glovebox off and that they don't put it in the owner's manual. I guess GM wants to promote stealerships charging $60 for a $20 job.
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Well I figured out how to remove it. Not sure if it is per the manual. There are two plastic cotter pins holding the hinges in place at the bottom of the glove compartment. I just removed the one on the left by squeezing it and pushing it to the right with a screwdriver handle. That put enough play in the door to get to it and make sure it was seated.

Total B.S. that you have to remove pins to get the glovebox off and that they don't put it in the owner's manual. I guess GM wants to promote stealerships charging $60 for a $20 job.
You don't have to. Just work at the sides. I popped the outside one first, and pulled toward me on the inside one. It will pop, just work at it. I removed no pins, and all I did once in there was pop the cover off, and put it back on. It did fix the whistle!

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Aside from the fan that you chose to investigate, what other reason is there to routinely remove the glove box?

The cotter pins really take 25 minutes to remove?


Were you successful in eliminating the whistle from the HVAC fan?
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So what really is the right way to remove the glove box to resolve the whistle sound? Pics maybe?
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Aside from the fan that you chose to investigate, what other reason is there to routinely remove the glove box?
I was looking to see if that might be what is causing a noise that I'm hearing when accelerating, long shot and it wasn't it. Mine was seated fine.

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The cotter pins really take 25 minutes to remove?
Nope just a PITA compared to how easy it is to squeeze the side in on my wife's Toyota Highlander and get to the filter. Didn't say anything it taking about 25 minutes, but it could be much easier. I simply feel it was done this way to discourage users from changing it, as it even says in the manual "for more information on filter replacement, see your dealer."

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Were you successful in eliminating the whistle from the HVAC fan?
Turned out not to be the issue. I'm still trying to determine what might be causing a rattle around the steering column/instrument panel only when accelerating. More on that here.

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So what really is the right way to remove the glove box to resolve the whistle sound? Pics maybe?
I'd still like to know what the service manual says as well. I'm not squeezing and prying this glove compartment at all, knowing the size of those plastic cotter pins I could see them breaking easily as one tries to bend the glovebox to get it to come out of the dash.

Until I hear what a service manual says, if I do it again, I'll remove the two pins at the bottom and take care to remove the tether on the right side. Seems to be some type of damping tether that makes the door open more smoothly.
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So what really is the right way to remove the glove box to resolve the whistle sound? Pics maybe?
No clue. I was afraid of breaking it so I just had the dealership do it. I am sure videos will appear eventually.
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No clue. I was afraid of breaking it so I just had the dealership do it. I am sure videos will appear eventually.
I was a little afraid as well. I worked at it for 10 minutes and eventually got it. I got the right side, then used both hands to try and make the top bend just a bit and the left side came out. There is also a little string type deal on a type of pully that I removed. It is there to make the door open nice and slow. Once in there it took me 10 seconds to take off the door and reinstall it. The noise was gone. It will come out, just do one side at a time.

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Excellent! Just got mine yesterday (2015 Canyon), and noticed that whistling noise right away. Going to try this fix today and see if it works.
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The whole whistling cabin air filter housing seems to be a very common theme, and it appears that it does not always rear it's ugly head at first, a few miles of bad road seems to find the problem.

Did GM borrow this design from another vehicle or is this a problem only seen on the twins?

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Equinox has the same one.

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Did GM borrow this design from another vehicle or is this a problem only seen on the twins?
I have had an Equinox since 2010 with the same cabin filter and have had no problems with whistling but changing the filters are a pain getting the glove box door removed.
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Cabin Air Filter cover

I wanted to check my cabin air filter cover, I thought I heard some noise when my blower was on high speed or maybe I was just being paranoid from other people having issues with it. My cover was snapped in place with no issues.

To remove the glove box there are two plastic pins about an inch long that are the pivoting part of the hinge, I removed them with a pair of side cutter pliers. They can be seen from the underside of the glove box. After removing pins slide glove box to the left or right to allow the glove box stops to drop out of dash. I adjusted my passenger seat back to it's furthest position to gain access.
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Those are great pictures. I can see what people are talking about on that filter now. I'll have to check it out when I get mine in 2015.
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Are all 2015 Colorado models equipped with a "cabin air filter" or just certain models like crew cab's?
Our 2010 model Ford Escape "does not have one" but a different package model does.
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I am pretty sure they are all equipped with cabin air filters, even the base models.

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