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I wrote this for all the mechanically-challenged such as myself.

On my 2014 Frontier, I broke the plastic clip that holds the in-cabin A/C filter door closed. The broken part was not on the door! I managed to get the door to stay closed with a plastic zip tie. I eventually took it to the dealer, and they ordered a new, unneeded door. What they did to attach the new door was to put a clip and screw where I had my zip tie. It's an alternate fix, but it works. And it's cheaper than ordering the more-than-$600 part that the broken clip was part of (if I understood the pictures correctly). Of course, the zip tie worked fine.

I have two pictures, the first of the repaired door in place with its metal clip and screw. The second shows the old door and a zip tie identical to the one I used. The tie went through the same hole as the screw and the part behind it, and that was adequate for a good seal. My pictures appear to be rotated 90 degrees, so just turn your heads sideways if that's the case (I couldn't see a way to "upright" them.).

Oh.....it only cost just under $20 (I thought it should have been covered under warranty!) for the dealer to attach the metal clip & screw fix with the new door. And, as you can see, I have the old door that I can use in the event of another screw-up.
 

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Everyone breaks that little tab eventually...

You could also use a $2 nylon "U" nut and the original screw, the U-nut self centers and gives you a tight seal, takes 30 seconds to install... this is what I did when mine broke. Looks like this:

 

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Thanks, I didn't even know such a thing existed! I should have got on this forum with my problem before having the dealer look at it, but I was already there for something else, and he could fix it for under $20. I thought that was reasonable, considering it was a dealer. On the other hand, since I didn't fix it myself, I'm now out about $18, and that's about 5 Tall Vanilla Lattes at Starbucks! I'm now weeping, and gnashing my teeth!
 

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Thanks, I didn't even know such a thing existed! I should have got on this forum with my problem before having the dealer look at it, but I was already there for something else, and he could fix it for under $20. I thought that was reasonable, considering it was a dealer. On the other hand, since I didn't fix it myself, I'm now out about $18, and that's about 5 Tall Vanilla Lattes at Starbucks! I'm now weeping, and gnashing my teeth!
or 4 Grande Java Chips.
 

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What's interesting is that some instructions on aftermarket cabin filters show just such an arrangement with the clip and the bolt, as if that was the original design from the factory. The fact that the case and door are designed to accept the clip would also tend to support that theory. I guess they figured out they could safe 10 cents on every vehicle if they just relied on the plastic clip to hold the door shut! I use a 10MMx1.0 bolt with a 10MMx1.0 body fender clip; you can get them at Lowe's in their general hardware aisles for about a buck.
 

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This is a strange problem... I too broke mine on my 2014 and used a zip tie to fix it. Worked fine. I will be more careful on the new rig but assume I will break it too at some point!!! LOL
 

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Everyone breaks that little tab eventually...

You could also use a $2 nylon "U" nut and the original screw, the U-nut self centers and gives you a tight seal, takes 30 seconds to install... this is what I did when mine broke. Looks like this:

...I have so many of those nylon and metal clips, they are the "McGuyver" fix for lots of uses!
 

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My pictures appear to be rotated 90 degrees, so just turn your heads sideways if that's the case (I couldn't see a way to "upright" them.).
To view right side up you can rotate your screen by pressing Ctrl & Alt & then a left/right/down arrow, whichever you need. ::smile::
 

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Everyone breaks that little tab eventually...
If I recall correctly @ZeroSixLE has over 10 years on the original tab with frequent changes.

Mine broke immediately the first time.

Personally, I think they changed the plastic formulation in the later years :)
 

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...I have so many of those nylon and metal clips, they are the "McGuyver" fix for lots of uses!
So true

If I recall correctly @ZeroSixLE has over 10 years on the original tab with frequent changes.

Mine broke immediately the first time.

Personally, I think they changed the plastic formulation in the later years :)
His will break soon, now that we mentioned it out loud LOL
 

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For 93hardbody: Know how to do it on a Mac within the ClubFrontier webpage?
If you're on a desktop Mac you can always just save to desktop then rotate it in Preview...
 
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