How to Change Engine Air Filter on Toyota Vehicles

Vehicle:   Toyota
Difficulty: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
DIY Cost: $12-$30
Est. Time: 15 min

In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to change the engine air filter on Toyota vehicles. 

This guide applies to various Toyota models including Toyota Corolla, Camry, Matrix, Highlander, Rav4, 4Runner, Sienna, and other models. While the procedure is the same, the filter size does vary between models, so make sure to purchase the correct engine air filter for your Toyota.  

What You Need


  1. Park your Toyota on level ground, turn off the engine and set the parking brakes. Toyota 4Runner turned off read to change engine air filterToyota Camry 2011 parked and read to change engine air filter
  2. Pull the hood release under the dashboard until you hear the hood pop open.Toyota Camry 2011 hood release to change engine air filterToyota 4Runner 2016 hood lever you need to pull to change engine air filterToyota Sienna 2011 hood lever 
  3. Slide your hand under the hood and release the hood latch.Toyota Highlander 2008 depressing hood latch so that you can change air filterToyota Corolla 2008 depressing hood latch engine air filter diyToyota 4Runner 2016 depressing hood latch you need to release to change air filter 
  4. Locate the engine air filter housing.Toyota Sienna 2011 Locating engine air filter locationToyota Rav4 2013 engine air filter  location 
  5. Remove the clips by pressing them away from the housing. The filter housing may have up to four clips or a combination of clips and screws. On some Toyota models there are only two clips and the back side has tabs that slide in two slots.  Toyota Highlander 2008 engine air filterToyota Rav4 2013 opening engine air filter replacement diy
  6. Remove the old air filter and clean debris from the filter housing. 
  7. Install the new air filter in the housing making sure it sits properly and is sealed all around. Toyota highlander 2004 engine air filter location

Close the housing and reconnect the clips. If you can't close the air filter housing, the air filter may not be seated properly or is the wrong size. 

While the location of the engine air filter will vary, this guide will help you learn how to change the engine air filter on Toyota Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Highlander. Just make sure to get the correct engine air filter for your model. The procedure is almost identical for all models. 

Toyota Engine Air Filter Replacement Interval 

Toyota engine air filter should be replaced every 15,000miles or once a year. If you drive off-road or dirt roads, it needs to be changed every 7,500 miles or every 6 months. Always follow the recommended interval noted in your owner's manual. 

Toyota Engine Air Filter Replacement Cost

The average cost to change the engine air filter on a Toyota ranges between $45 and $60. While the cost to change Toyota engine air filter yourself ranges between $12 and $30 for parts. No tools are required in most cases. It takes about 15 minutes to change the engine air filter yourself on a Toyota vehicle. 

By  YOUCANIC Automotive Experts

Published on: Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Updated on: Tuesday, May 26, 2020