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Toyota Avalon Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C cabin air filter element in a 4th generation 2013-2017 Toyota Avalon with the part numbers.

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2016 Avalon Glove Box
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Open Glove Box - Empty Out
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Access Cover - Left Rear

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and possibly also the revised 2018 model year) Toyota Avalon sedan in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, IS 200t, IS 300, NX 200t, NX 300h, RX 350, RX 450h, LS 460, LS 600h, ES 350, ES 300h Hybrid, RC F, GS 350, CT 200h, LX 570, GX 460, tC, iA, iM, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CF10285, EPAuto CP285, K&N VF2000, Wix 24483, Denso 453-1019, Beck Arnley 042-2082, ACDelco CF3320C, Purolator C35667 and TYC 800108C.

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Push In Release Tab
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Open Access Cover
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"L" Shaped Cover Removed
The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat of the car, open the glove box and then empty out the contents.

Locate the "L" shaped plastic access cover at the rear left corner of the glove box.

Gently press in the tab on the right side of the cover to release the retaining clip.

Swing open the access cover and remove the two tabs on the left side from their slots.

Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

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Filter Access Panel
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Two Retaining Clips
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Push In Right Side Tab
Once the first cover is out of the way, you'll see the rectangular shaped cabin air filter access panel on the HVAC blower motor housing.

Gently press in the tabs on the left and right side of the filter access cover to release the retaining clips.

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Push In Left Side Tab
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Pull Off Filter Access Cover
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Side View of Filter Cover
Pull off the filter access cover and set it aside in a safe place.
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Old Filter Exposed
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Slide Out Old Cabin Filter
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Old Filter Removed
Slide the old cabin air filter straight out of the slot.



 

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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
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Filter Slot In HVAC Blower
Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CF10285 "Fresh Breeze" cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon. I also like how they have Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in the filter to help absorb odors.

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

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"UP" Directional Arrow
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Slide In New Cabin Filter
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Filter Cover "UP" Arrow
If the new cabin filter has an "Air Flow" arrow, make sure that it is pointing down towards the floor mat.

If the new filter has an "UP" arrow, be sure to orientate the filter with the arrow pointing up towards the windshield.

Slide the new filter in to the slot until it is fully seated.

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Push On - Secure Clips
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Line Up Access Cover
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Re-Insert Two Plastic Tabs
Line up the filter access cover with the "UP" arrow pointing up towards the windshield.

Push on the filter cover until you hear or feel the two retaining clips click securely in to place.

Line up the "L" shaped cover at the left rear corner of the glove box.

Re-insert the two plastic tabs on the left edge back in to their slots.

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Push On Right Side - Clip
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Access Cover Secured
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Close Glove Box
Swing closed the cover and push on the right side to secure the retaining clip.

Replace your owner's manual and other papers before closing the glove box to complete the job.

Enjoy the fresh clean air from your A/C system!

For more, check out all of my Toyota Avalon DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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