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Toyota RAV4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 4th generation 2013 to 2016 Toyota RAV4 with the 2AR-FE 2.5L I4 motor.

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2013 RAV4 Engine Air Box
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Two Metal Latches
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Flip Down Front Latch

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and possibly also the revised 2017 model year) Toyota RAV4 SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the 2AR-FE 2.5 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, 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 replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: FRAM CA10677, Purolator A25786, K&N 33-2381, Toyota 17801-0V020, Mahle LX 3016, Pentius PAB10677, Ecogard XA5786, Hastings AF1414 and NAPA ProSelect SFI 29310.

No tools are required to access and replace the engine air filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum may be useful for cleaning the OEM filter in order to re-use it.

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Flip Down Rear Latch
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2nd Right Side Latch Released
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Open Air Box Cover
The engine air box is located on the right side of the engine bay just behind the 12V automotive battery.

Flip down the two metal latches on the right side of the air box to release the top cover.

Pull open the top half of the air box to reveal the old air filter.

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Slide Tabs Out of Slots
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Remove Old Air Filter
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Old Air Filter Removed
Slide the two plastic tabs on the left side of the air box cover out of their slots to fully release the air box cover.

Pull the old air filter straight out of the bottom half of the air box.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
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Bottom Half Air Box
Inspect both sides of the old engine air filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out any large debris and remove the fine dust with a vacuum.

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

I'd recommend buying the FRAM CA10677 engine air filter since it has great reviews on Amazon.

If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice tool attachment, clean out any sand or dirt in the bottom half of the air box.

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Insert New Air Filter
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Slide Tabs In To Slots
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Lower Top Half Air Box
Slide the new air filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.

Lower the top half of the air box over the bottom half and slide the two tabs on the left side in to their corresponding slots.

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Flip Up Metal Latches
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Two Fasteners Secured
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Engine Air Filter Replaced
Flip up the two metal latches and push them over the top half of the air box to secure it in place.

Double check that the two halves of the air box are flush together with no part of the new filter visible at any edge.

Be sure to record the engine air filter change in your SUV's service records.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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