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2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or replace the engine air filter of a tenth generation Toyota Corolla with the 2ZR-FE 1.8L I4 motor.

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2010 Corolla Air Box
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Flip Metal Latch Open
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Metal Fastener Released

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Toyota Corolla in cleaning or replacing the engine air filter element for the 2ZR-FE 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible aftermarket engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA10190, Purolator A25655, Wix 49104, ACDelco A3103C, , Hastings AF1161, Beck Arnley 042-1711, Pentius PAB10190, and Mann # MA 1191.

No tools are needed to access the engine air filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the filter and air box.

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Flip Open Latch On Left
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Pull Off Top Half Air Box
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Pull Out Old Air Filter
The top half of the air box is held in place by two metal clasps closer to the rear of the engine bay. One clasp is on the left and the other on the right.

Flip the two metal clasps away from the air box to release them.

Pull the top half of the air box up to reveal the air filter element. The filter may be stuck to the top half of the box.

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Inspect Both Sides
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Old Filter Clean
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Vacuum Out Air Box



 

Pull the old air filter off the top half of the box or out of the lower half.

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

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

I'd recommend buying the Fram CA10190 filter since it has the best reviews on Amazon.

It's also a good idea to vacuum out the lower half of the air box.

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Insert Air Filter
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Insert Tabs In Slots
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Snap On Right Fastener
Insert the cleaned or new air filter in to the lower half of the air box. The element has 3 rounded corners and one 90 degree angle corner, so it will only fit in one way.

Push the tabs at the front of the top half of the air box in to the slots on the bottom half.

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Snap On Left Fastener
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Metal Clasp Replaced
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Engine Air Filter Replaced
Swing the top half of the air box closed towards the rear of the vehicle.

Flip the two metal clasps up and secure them in place.

For more, check out my other Corolla DIY tutorials at the links below -

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides
 

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