How to Change a Cabin Air Filter in Toyota Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Many newer cars now come with a cabin air filter as well as an engine air filter. The engine air filter is located in the engine compartment and filters out debris and pollutants from contaminating the engine and maintaining optimum combustion. The cabin air filter may be located in a couple of different areas and filter out the air for the passenger cab. Cabin air filters are relatively new to automobile equipment and are often overlooked. Clogged or dirty cabin air filters can reduce airflow through the cabin vents, as well as allow allergen and other pollutants into the passenger compartment. Replacing them yourself on a Toyota car is a fairly simply procedure and will save you money on labor charges and the local repair shop. A new filter will also increase the quality of air you're breathing while you drive.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change a Cabin Air Filter in a Toyota Corolla

Check to see which model year your Toyota Corolla is. Cabin air filters were not installed on models older than 2003.

Open the passenger side glove compartment. Look for two small screws in the top of the glove compartment interior.

Remove both screws with a Phillips head screwdriver. Support the glove compartment unit as it swings down toward the floor of the car. It is hinged in the back, and will not come completely loose from the dashboard assembly.

Open the rectangular black plastic case hidden behind the glove compartment. You should be able to see the old filter inside.

Slide the old air filter to either side to loosen it from the plastic clips holding it in place. Discard the old filter, unless you determine that it isn't too dirty to need to be replaced yet.

Slide the new filter into place in the plastic case and replace the lid.

Lift the glove compartment back up and replace the screws with the screwdriver. Close the glove compartment lid.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Replacement cabin air filter

 How to Change a Cabin Air Filter on a 1992 Toyota Pickup

Purchase the appropriate air filter for your 1992 Toyota pickup. You will need to know the size of your engine to get the proper filter.

Locate the cabin air filter housing unit on your Toyota pickup. Since 1992 models did not come out of the factory so equipped, it could be mounted in a number of places. Look in the glove box, under the dash or under the hood. Under the hood is the most common location.

Take the cover off the air filter housing unit and slide the old air filter out. Newer environmentally friendly models of air filters are on the market now that can be rinsed and reused. If you have one of these filters already in place, rinse it thoroughly with water until the water runs through clean and the filter is visibly clean of dirt and debris. Allow this kind of filter to dry thoroughly before reinstalling and turning the truck engine on.

Take the new filter out of the box, if applicable. Slide the filter into the housing unit, face up with the product lettering showing on the top. Secure the cover back on the unit and discard the old filter in the garbage.

 How to Change the Cabin Air Filter in a Toyota Avalon

Open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Locate the glove box stop on the right side of the glove box. Remove the screw of the stop with a Phillips screwdriver. The box will drop down and you can just let it dangle.

Locate the white filter frame behind the glove box. You will be able to see it now with the glove box dangling. You will notice a wire harness on the left side of the filter frame. Just move it more to the left to get it out of the way.

Push in the lock tabs on each side of the filter frame and pull the filter frame out.

Remove the old filter from the filter frame.

Insert new filter into frame making sure to tuck the filter under the holding tabs on both the left and right side of the frame.

Slide the filter frame back into place and make sure the lock tabs are secure in place. Reposition the wire harness.

Lift up the glove box and reconnect the glove box stop by replacing the screw.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Replace the Cabin Air Filter in a Toyota Highlander

Open the passenger side door and then open the glove compartment. Remove all the contents from the glove compartment and set them aside--out of the way.

Locate the retaining screw on the lower right hand side of the glove box that retains the eyelet clip of the stop arm. Remove the screw using a Phillips head screwdriver.

Allow the glove compartment to drop down gently away from the stop arm. The retainers on each side of the glove box will only allow the box to drop slightly downward.

Gently push in on both sides of the box to release the side retainers and allow the box to drop down further.

Locate the filter cover behind the glove compartment cavity and then remove it by pulling out the filter housing from the outlet.

Inspect the air flow position of the air filter before removing it from the filter housing. Arrows labeled on the side of the filter will dictate its proper position in the housing bracket.

Install the new cabin air filter into the filter housing bracket making sure to align the air flow direction of the filter properly. Be sure the filter is cradled into the housing bracket properly. Reinstall the housing into the outlet.

Gently squeeze the sides of the glove compartment to replace the side retainers into position. Lift the glove box upwards slightly to align the stop arm to the retaining screw hole. Replace the screw and tighten. Return the contents back inside the glove box and then close it.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Replacement cabin air filter

 How to Replace the Cabin Air Filter in a Toyota Tacoma

Remove your glove compartment box by unscrewing the three visible screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

Find your cabin air filter, which is an accordion-style component fitted sideways in the rectangular slot.

Pull the air filter gently to remove it from your vehicle's cabin. Be careful that dirt particles do not fall out, to avoid more clean-up when the replacement is complete.

Wipe the air filter box with your shop rag. Moistening the shop rag with water may help to grab any excess grime that would otherwise be left behind.

Press the new air filter into the old filter's position. The new filter should fit as snugly as the previous filter.

Mount the glove compartment back into its proper location, hiding the cabin air filter from passenger view. Screw in the three screws that were taken out in step 1.

Items you will need

  • New Toyota Tacoma cabin air filter

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Shop rag

 How to Replace the Cabin Air Filter on a 2000 Toyota Tundra

Open the glove box and remove any contents you may have in it. Using your Philips screwdriver, remove the screw on the lower-right side of the glove box. Pull the loop holding the glove box to the dashboard off the cylinder next to where the screw was located.

Remove the glove box. Press firmly on the sides of the glove box and pull it to the front of the dashboard. Then lift the glove box off its hinges and out of the dashboard.

Remove the cabin air filter's plastic cover. Squeeze the side of the cover's tabs together. Slide the Tundra's old filter out face up to keep the debris from spilling.

Insert the new cabin air filter. There is an up arrow to show you the correct direction in which to insert the filter. Replace the plastic filter cover.

Re-install the glove box. Slide the glove box back on its hinges until it snaps back inside the dashboard. Replace the loop over the cylinder and screw on the lower right side.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • New cabin air filter

 How to Replace the Cabin Air Filter in a 2007 Toyota Corolla

Open the glove box and remove all of its contents.

Remove the screw holding the damper, the rod on the right side of the glove box, with a Phillips screw driver. Pull the damper away from the glove box.

Press the sides of the glove box inward until the plastic tabs preventing the glove box from coming forward are clear of the dashboard. Pull the glove box from the dashboard and allow it to hang downward.

Remove the cabin filter cover, the roughly 2-by-7-inch piece of plastic behind the glove box, by pushing the tabs on either side of the cover and pulling it outward. This exposes the cabin air filter behind the cover.

Grab the cabin air filter and pull it from the slot.

Install a new cabin air filter into the slot with the "Flow" arrow pointing up. Place the cabin air filter cover over the cabin air filter slot and press it until the tabs lock into place.

Pull the glove box upward. Squeeze the sides of the glove box inward to clear the dashboard, insert the glove box into the dashboard and release the sides.

Reinstall the glove box damper and tighten the screw with a Phillips screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Replace a Cabin Air Filter in a Toyota FJ Cruiser

Open up the glove box on the passenger side and take everything out.

Place your hands on the side walls of the glove box door assembly and gently squeeze them together toward the center. The plastic body of the glove box door assembly will flex a bit, allowing you to disengage the door from the rest of the dash. When you've compressed the side walls enough, the door will be able to swing all the way toward you and simply dangle by its hinges.

Look through the cavity behind the glove box and find the rectangular, white, plastic case on the right side. This is the cabin air filter compartment. Remove the front cover by squeezing together the tabs on either side.

Look at the outside frame of the air filter for a little arrow before you remove it. This is important because the arrow indicates the direction of the air flow, and you'll need to install the new filter with the arrow pointing in the same direction.

Pull the old filter out and discard it.

Put the new filter in, making sure that the air flow directional arrow is pointing the right way.

Replace the cover on the cabin air filter compartment.

Lift the glove box door assembly back up, and squeeze the sides together again so that you can push it back into the dash assembly. Close it all the way at first just to make sure it's properly inserted and is rolling smoothly along its tracks. If it doesn't open and close quite right, just pull it all the way down again and try to reinsert it.

Replace the contents of the glove box.

Items you will need

  • Replacement cabin air filter sized to fit your model year of FJ Cruiser

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