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Toyota Camry Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or replace the engine air filter element in a 2007-2011 Toyota Camry with picture illustrated instructions.

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Engine Air Filter Box
10mm Bolt
10mm Socket
This automotive maintenance "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the XV40 6th generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Toyota Camry sedan in cleaning or replacing the engine air filter element.

Owners of other similar Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, Avalon, Venza, RAV4, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, Tacoma, Sienna, Aurion, IS 250, IS 350, ES 350, GS 350, LS 460, tC, xB, xD, iQ and may also find guide to be helpful.

A few of the compatible aftermarket engine air filter elements for the 07-11 Camry 2.5L I4 include the following with their respective part numbers: Purolator A35649, Fram CA10171, Toyota 17801-YZZ02, Driveworks DW-35649, ACDelco A3118C, Champion CAP10171 and K&N 33-2370.

The only tools needed to access the engine air filter element are a 10mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive or 3/8" drive ratchet.

Loosen 10mm Bolt
2nd 10mm Air Box Bolt
Pull Off Upper Half
The engine air box for the 2.5L I4 motor in a 2010-2011 Toyota Camry is located at the right rear corner of the engine bay closest to the steering wheel.

It is to the right of the 12V automotive battery and behind the driver side headlight housing.

The top cover of the air filter box is held in place by two 10mm bolts.

Use a 10mm socket, extension bar and ratcheting wrench to loosen the two screws.

They are held in place by a retaining clip to the top half of the air box and can't be completely removed.

Once the two 10mm bolts are loosened, lift up on the top half of the air box until you can see the old air filter element.


Remove Filter Element
Clean or Replace Filter
Insert Air Filter Element
If the old engine air filter is mostly white and clean, just tap out any large pieces of debris or dust before re-inserting it into the air box.

You can also use a wet/dry shop vacuum to help remove any fine dust particles.

If the old engine air filter looks dark and is clogged with dirt, insects, leaves, and other debris, replace it with a brand new element.

I recommend buying the Fram CA10171 since it has great reviews on Amazon.

If you would rather have a re-usable filter, go with the K&N 33-2370 which will last the life time of the car. It will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.

Tighten 10mm Screw
Tabs / Slots Lined Up
Tighten 2 10mm Bolts
Carefully line up the cleaned or new air filter element into the lower halve of the engine air box before lowering the upper halve down.

Insert the tabs on the left side of the air box into the corresponding slots. Then lower the right side of the air box down and tighten the two 10mm screws.

For more, check out my Toyota Camry Repair & Maintenance Guides page.

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