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Toyota Camry Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter in an XV70 8th generation 2018 to 2022 Toyota Camry.

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2018 Camry Glove Box
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Open Glove Box
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Empty Out Contents
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the XV70 eighth generation (2018, 2019 and probably also the 2020, 2021 & 2022 model years) Toyota Camry sedan in cleaning or changing the air conditioning system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles such as the Avalon, Corolla, Prius, Yaris, Mirai, 86, Sienna, RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, C-HR, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Hilux, RX 350, IS 250, IS 350, CT 200H, GS 450h, GX 470, LX 470, UX 200, NX 300 and UX 250h may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cabin air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Premium Guard PC99237C, TYC 800208C, K&N VF2054 and EcoGard XC10621C.

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

The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.



 

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Filter Access Door
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Push Release Tab Left
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Swing Open Access Cover
Locate the plastic trim cover at the rear of the glove box.

Gently push in the tab on the right side of the trim cover before swinging it open to the left.

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Two Tabs - Right Side
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Access Cover Removed
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Cabin Air Filter Cover
Remove the two tabs on the right side of the trim cover.

Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

Once the outer cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the inner filter cover attached to the HVAC blower motor housing.

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Two Tabs Right Side
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Two Tabs Left Side
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Pinch Together Tabs
There are two tabs on each side of the filter access cover.

Gently squeeze together the two tabs on each side of the cover before pulling it straight off.

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Release Retaining Clips
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Swing Open Right Side
Set the filter cover aside in a safe place.
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Release Clip Right Side
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Remove Filter Cover
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"Up" Arrow
You'll notice that there is an "UP" arrow on the outside of the cover to help you orientate it in the correct position for re-installation later on.
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Filter Frame Exposed
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Slide Out Filter Tray
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Old Filter Removed
Slide the black plastic filter tray straight out of the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.
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Inspect Old Filter
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Underside of Filter Tray
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Empty Filter Slot
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

You should also look inside the filter slot to see if there is any large debris such as leaves or insects in the slot.

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Filter Removed From Tray
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Black Plastic Tray
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Clean With Vacuum
Gently remove the old filter from the black plastic tray.

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

I recommend buying the TYC 800208C cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If the old filter is relatively clean, you can just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.



 

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Install New Filter In Tray
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Seat Filter In Tray
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"Up" Air Flow Arrow
Orientate the "Air Flow" arrow on the new filter so that it matches the air flow arrow on the black plastic filter tray.

Lower the new filter down into the tray. Make sure the new filter is fully seated in the tray.

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Slide In New Filter
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Line Up Filter Cover
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Replace Cover
Orientate the filter tray with the "UP" arrow pointing up towards the windshield.

Slide the filter tray straight into the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

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Pop In Retaining Clips
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Filter Cover Secured
Orientate the filter cover with the "UP" arrow pointing in the correct direction.

Gently push on the filter cover to secure it into place.

You should feel or hear the retaining clips "click" securely into place.

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Line Up Trim Cover
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Two Tabs Left Side
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Pop In Clip - Right Side
Line up the trim cover in the rear of the glove box.

Re-insert the two tabs on the left side of the cover into place first.

Then swing the cover closed to the right.

Push on the right side of the trim cover to secure the retaining clip.

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Trim Cover Secured
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Replace Contents - Close
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Cabin Filter Replaced
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 filter change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2018-2022 Toyota Camry DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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