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2009-2012 Toyota Corolla Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or replace the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a tenth generation 2009 to 2012 Toyota Corolla.

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2010 Corolla Glove Boxes
Open Lower Glove Box
Pull Side Stopper Inward

This automotive maintenance "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012) Toyota Corolla in removing the HVAC cabin air filter element to clean or replace it.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion models such as the Matrix, Auris, Camry, Yaris, Avalon, Sienna, Venza, Prius, RAV4, CT 200h, IS 250, ES 350 iQ, tC, FR-S, xB, xD, and the Pontiac Vibe may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few of the aftermarket cabin air filter elements compatible with the 09-12 Corolla include the following with their respective part numbers: TYC 800025P, Fram CF10285, Wix 24483, Purolator C25851, Hastings AFC1334, and Fram FCF8392A.

No tools are needed to access the cabin air filter element. A vacuum can be helpful to clean the existing filter element.

Right Side Retaining Arm
Pop Off Glove Box Damper Arm
Lower Glove Box To Floor
The first few steps are to get into the front passenger seat, open the lower glove box and empty out the contents.

Then push the two side walls of the glove box firmly towards the center to release the plastic side stopper peg on each side.

Move to the right side of the glove box and pop off the black plastic damper arm.

Gently drop the glove box down to the front passenger floor mat.

Cabin Air Filter Cover
Release Clip On Right
Swing Filter Cover Open
Behind the glove box, you'll see the black plastic rectangular cabin air filter cover located just above the round blower motor housing.

Press the tab on the right side of the cover to release the retaining clip. Swing the cover open to the left and pull it away from the blower motor housing.


White Cabin Filter Element
Air Flow Indicator Arrow
Filter After 36,000 Miles
Slide the old cabin air filter element straight out of the housing.

Take note of how the air flow indicator arrow is pointing "Up" towards the windshield.

Vacuum Out Dust & Dirt
Filter & Blower Motor Housing
Slide In Cleaned/New Filter
If your old cabin air filter isn't too dirty, just tap out the large debris and remove the dust with a vacuum before sliding it back into the housing.

If your old filter element is dark black and packed full of dirt, dust, leaves, insect, hair and other debris, it should be replaced with a brand new filter.

Cabin Air Filter Installed
Filter Cover "Up" Arrow
Insert Tab On Left
Slide the cleaned or new air filter element back into the slot with the air flow indicator arrow facing upwards.

Replace the air filter cover by first inserting the tab on the left and then swing the cover closed over the right side. Push the right side until the retaining clip snaps back into place.

Snap Right Side In Place
Filter Cover Replaced
Snap On Damper Arm
Raise the glove box off the passenger floor mat and snap on the plastic retaining arm to the peg on the right side.

Push the two side walls of the glove box firmly towards the center and insert the plastic stopper peg on each side.

Push In Plastic Side Stoppers
Glove Box Replaced
Close Lower Glove Box
Close the lower glove box to complete the job.

For more check out my other guides below -

2009-2012 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

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