Replacing a Toyota engine air filter isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can tackle the project with a basic tool or two and this set of instructions. This job should usually take no more than 10 minutes.
The Symptoms of a Bad Engine Air Filter
If you notice any of the following issues with your Toyota, then it’s possible that the engine air filter is overdue for a change.
- Lower gas mileage
- Reduction in horsepower
The best way to determine if the air filter needs to be replaced is to visually inspect the air filter. Here’s a great guide on inspecting your engine air filter.
Buying a Replacement Engine Air Filter
When buying a replacement engine air filter, you need to make sure that it’s high quality and will fit your Toyota. The best way to make sure that you get a high quality perfect fit filter is to get an OEM engine air filter. Here’s an OEM vs. aftermarket engine air filter comparison guide to look over.
When you have a replacement engine air filter, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and replace the air filter.
Replacing Your Engine Air Filter
Essentially, the process involves removing the air intake box cover, pulling out the old filter, and then putting in the new filter. The location of the air intake box varies between Toyota models. For example, the air intake box is located to the right of the engine in a 2015 Toyota Highlander, and in some other Toyota models, you can find it at the left of the engine. The air intake box is pretty easy to spot. It’s a square-shaped black rectangular box.
Here’s a general overview of how to replace the engine air filter in your Toyota:
- Open the hood and then prop it up.
- Find the air intake box.
- Unfasten the clips holding the air intake box cover in place.
- Unbolt any bolts holding the air intake box in place. (If there are no bolts, skip this step.)
- Open the air intake box cover.
- Pull out the old air filter.
- Put the in new air filter.
- Put the air intake box cover back on and then clip/bolt it in place.
That’s all! If you have any questions or if you need clarification about replacing the engine air filter in your Toyota, feel free to give us a shout.