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Toyota Sienna Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the HVAC system's cabin air filter element in a 3rd generation 2011 to 2016 Toyota Sienna.

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2012 Sienna Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Damper Arm On Right Side
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and also the updated 2015 & 2016 model years) Toyota Sienna minivan in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other Toyota vehicles with similar blower motor housings such as the Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, RAV4 and Land Cruiser, may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible filters with their part numbers include the following: Fram CF10285, Purolator C35667, TYC 800012P, Wix 24483, EPAuto CP285, Bosch P3502WS, Denso 453-1019, Beck Arnley 042-2082, Premium Guard PC5667C, Mahle LAK 490 or LA 395, Champ CAF1816P, Pentius # PHB5667 and K&N VF2000.

No tools are needed to replace the filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing element if you plan on re-using it.


Pop Damper Arm Off Peg
Push In Side Walls
Release Side Stops
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the minivan, open the glove box, and empty out the contents.

Then firmly push the two side walls of the glove box inwards to release the black plastic side stops.

Lower Glove Box To Floor
Hinge Separated
Black Filter Access Panel
Gently lower the glove box down to the floor mat.

The hinge at the bottom of the glove box may come apart, but it can easily be re-attached later.

Behind the glove box, you'll see the black plastic rectangular filter access cover.

Two Retaining Clips On Sides
Press In Clips To Release
Push In Clip On Right
Press in the two retaining clips on the sides of the filter access cover and pull it off.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.


Filter Door Removed
Old Cabin Filter Exposed
Slide Out Filter
Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot in the blower motor housing.
Filter Slot In Blower Housing
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Inspect Old Filter
Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out any large debris and remove fine dust with a vacuum cleaner before re-installing it.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF10285 "Fresh Breeze" cabin air filter since has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Vacuum Clean Old Filter
"Up" Air Flow Direction Arrow
Orientate the cleaned or new air filter with the "Up" arrow pointing in the correct direction.
Slide In New Filter
"Up" Arrow On Filter Cover
Push On Filter Access Cover
Slide the air filter straight in to the slot with the "Up" arrow arrow facing the roof of the car.

Push the filter access panel straight on to the opening with the "Up" arrow pointing in the correct direction.

Re-Attach Glove Box Hinge
Push In Plastic Side Stops
Re-Insert Left Side Stopper
Line up the hinge on the bottom of the glove box and push it back together.

Raise the glove box towards the dashboard.

Firmly push in on the two side walls and re-insert the side stops behind the dashboard.

Push Damper Arm On Mount
Damper Arm Re-Attached
Close Glove Box
Push the damper arm back on to the two pronged end of the mounting peg.

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

For more, please check out my other Toyota Sienna Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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