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Toyota 4Runner Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C cabin air filter element in a 5th generation 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner SUV with pictures.

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2015 4Runner Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Filter Access Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Toyota 4Runner SUV in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CF10285, Wix 24483, TYC 800012P, Denso 453-1019, Purolator C35667, Beck Arnley 042-2082, ACDelco CF3320C, Toyota 87139-50100, K&N VF2000, MAHLE Original LAK 490 and Champion CCF1816.

No tools are needed to access and replace the cabin air filter.

Push Down Tabs To Release
Release 2nd Plastic Clip
Remove Access Panel
The first two steps are to open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Then locate the rectangular shaped black plastic access cover at the back of the glove box.

Push down the two tabs on the top edge of the panel before pulling it straight out.

Set the glove box filter access panel aside in a safe place.

White Plastic Filter Slot Cover
Push In Release Tab On Right
Push In Left Side Tab
There are two retaining clips on the white plastic rectangular shaped filter access cover on the HVAC blower motor housing.

Push in the tab on the left and the other tab on the right side of the filter cover to release the panel.

Remove Filter Cover
Old Filter Exposed
Slide Out Old Filter
Pull out the filter cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot.


Inspect Both Sides
Empty Filter Slot
"Up" Air Flow Arrow
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum cleaner.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with pollen, soot, leaves, insects, hair, twigs, sand, dirt and other debris, it should be replaced with a new filter element.

I always buy the Fram CF10285 cabin air filters since they have the best reviews on Amazon. I also like how they contain Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon to prevent the A/C from smelling musty or moldy.

Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Note - If you buy the OEM Toyota cabin air filter, it may instead have an "UP" arrow that needs to be pointed up. Most aftermarket cabin air filters have an "Air Flow" arrow that will point down into the fan of the blower motor.

Slide the new filter straight in to the slot.

Slide In New Air Filter
Push On Filter Cover
Filter Cover Secured
Push the white plastic filter access panel on to the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing with the "UP" arrow pointing in the correct direction until the two retaining clips "click" securely in to place.
Line Up Glove Box Panel
Plastic Clips Secured
Close Glove Box
Line up the black plastic cover over the opening in the rear of the glove box and push it back in to place.

Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

Enjoy the fresh clean air from your A/C system!

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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