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Toyota Camry Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in an XV30 5th generation 2002 to 2006 Toyota Camry.

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2004 Camry Glove Box
Open Glove Box
Push In Side Walls
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation XV30 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006) Toyota Camry sedan in cleaning or changing the A/C system's cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Owners of other Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles such as the Corolla, Previa, Sienna, Prius, Yaris, Avalon, 4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Venza, Tacoma, Tundra, Celica, tC, xA, xB, xD, ES 250 and ES 300 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Spearhead BE-132, EPAuto CP132, Fram CF10132, Bosch 6056C and TYC 800008P.

The only tool needed to complete this procedure is a Phillips head screwdriver.

The first few steps are to sit in the front passenger seat, open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Move to the outer right side wall of the glove box and locate the damper arm assembly.

The damper arm is mounted to the glove box with a single Phillips head screw.

Remove the screw by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

(The damper arm on this Camry was detached from the mount behind the dashboard, so I skipped this step.)


Release Side Stops
Lower Glove Box
Detach Damper Arm
Firmly push in the two side walls of the glove box until the plastic side stoppers can be released from behind the dashboard.

Once the plastic side stops are clear, gently lower the glove box.

On this Camry, the damper arm had become detached from the two mounting pegs on the right side of the HVAC blower motor housing.

If this occurs, just push the assembly back into place over the two mounting pegs.

Filter Cover Exposed
Push In Right Side Tab
Release Left Side Tab
Once the glove box is out of the way, you'll be able to see the outer edge of the white plastic filter tray.

Gently push in the tabs on the left and right side of the filter tray to release the retaining clips.

Slide Out Filter Tray
Pull Filter Out of Tray
Clean Filter Slot
Slide the filter tray straight out of the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

If you have a wet/dry shop vacuum with a crevice attachment, clean out any debris in the filter slot.

Pull the old filter element out of the plastic tray.

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

I recommend buying the Spearhead BE-132 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews from other Camry owners.

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

Orientate the new filter with the "Air Flow" arrow pointing down towards the floor mat.

Lower the new filter into the plastic tray.

Make sure it is fully seated in the tray at every edge.

Slide In New Filter & Tray
Re-Attach Damper Arm
Close Glove Box
Orientate the filter tray with the plastic bars on the bottom and the fully exposed filter pointing up towards you.

Slide the tray back into the slot in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Push on the outer edge of the tray until you feel or hear the two retaining clips "click" securely into place.

Double check that the filter tray is secure before moving on to the next steps.

If you haven't already done so, re-attach the two holes on the damper arm to the mounting pegs on the right side of the HVAC blower motor assembly behind the dashboard.

Raise the glove box and firmly push in the two side walls until the plastic side stops can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

Re-attach the lower mounting point of the damper arm to the right outer side wall of the glove box with the Phillips head screw.

Tighten the screw in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screw to prevent from cracking the plastic glove box or damper arm mount.

Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

Be sure to write down the filter change in your car's service records.

The service interval specification in the owner's manual is to change the passenger compartment air filter every 30,000 miles.

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

Please check out my other Toyota Camry DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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