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Toyota Tacoma Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 2nd generation 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma with the 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 motor.

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2013 Tacoma Engine Air Box
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Flip Open Metal Latch
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Top Fastener Released

This automotive maintenance DIY tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the 1GR-FE 4.0 liter V6 motor.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Hilux, 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 filters with their part numbers are as follows: Toyota 17801-0P010, Mann-Filter MA 1140, Fram CA9683, K&N 33-2281, Purolator A35578, GKI AF9683, Parts Master 66888, Hastings AF1214 and Ecogard XA5578.

No tools are needed to access and replace the engine air filter.

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Release Lower Metal Latch
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Separate Air Box Halves
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Old Engine Filter Visible
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the left side of the engine bay.

The engine air box is attached to the left side of the engine.

Gently flip open the two metal latches on the front edge of the air box housing to release the cover.

Pull apart the two halves of the engine air box.

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Pull Out Old Air Filter
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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum
Pull the old air filter out of the housing.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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

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

I recommend buying the Fram CA9683 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd prefer to have a genuine OEM part, go with the Toyota 17801-0P010 filter.



 

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Install New Air Filter
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Tabs On Rear Edge
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Slots On Filter Housing
Insert the new air filter in to the air box cover with the long side of the pleats facing towards the left.

Re-insert the two tabs on the rear edge of the air box cover in to their corresponding slots on the housing.

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Re-Attach Air Box Cover
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Secure Metal Latches
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Flip Latch Closed
Close the front side of the air box cover.

Flip the two metal latches over the air box cover to secure it in place.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together with no part of the new filter visible.

For more, check out my other 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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