How To Change The Cabin Air Filter In A Toyota Camry

January 31, 2011
If you notice less airflow coming through the vents in your Toyota Camry, the solution could be as simple as changing your cabin air filter. In the early 1990′s many automobile manufacturers started using cabin air filters to purify the air coming into the passenger compartment from the outside. It is recommended that your cabin air filter be changed every 12,000 miles or once a year.
You Will Need
Philips head screwdriver
Cabin air filter
Step 1
Remove everything from the glove compartment. The cabin air filter is in a housing located behind the glove compartment.
Step 2
Remove the screw on the right side of the glove box, holding the damper arm in place, with a Philips head screwdriver. Slide the damper arm off the stud.
Step 3
Push in on both sides of the glove compartment and lower it so it is resting on the floor.

Step 4
Locate the white cabin air filter housing inside the blower assembly. Push in the tabs on the sides of the filter housing. Slide straight back to remove it.

Step 5
Remove the filter from the housing by squeezing the filter past the tabs. Install the replacement filter in the housing. It will have an arrow on it showing you which direction to install it.

Step 6
Slide the filter housing into the blower assembly. Raise the glove compartment back into position. Slide the damper arm onto the stud. Secure the damper arm in place with the screw.

Now you’re ready to load all of that important stuff back into the glove compartment and breathe some clean air.

  • While the glove compartment is resting on the floor, the hinges can easily slide off the mounts. Don’t panic, they slide back in place just as easily.
  • Note the wire harness below the cabin air filter housing in step 4. Sometimes they run in front of the housing. Just gently push it out of the way, so you can slide the housing out if this is the case.

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6 Responses to How To Change The Cabin Air Filter In A Toyota Camry

  1. satram
    June 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    very clear step by step directions. Thank you for saving money to many and teaching a lesson to expensive dealer costs. Dealers are charging 99 dollars for this rplacement.

  2. Tonoy
    June 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial, just changed my Air Filter in 5 minutes. Effect I’ll say ;)

  3. sherry greenwall
    July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for your help,I will from now on change my own filters !!!!

  4. P
    August 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you! Great instructions and photos! Do this yourself and save $70-$100 instead of having it done the at the dealership!

  5. Youssef Nimeh
    July 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Does a Toyota Camry 1987 have a cabin air filter, and if yes, is it just behind the glove compartment?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      U.S. models did not have a cabin air filter in 1987.

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