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Toyota Camry Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter of an XV50 7th generation 2012-2016 Toyota Camry with the 2.5L 2AR-FE I4 motor.

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2013 Camry Engine Air Box
Release Metal Clasp
Release 2nd Metal Latch
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the XV50 7th generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Toyota Camry in cleaning or replacing the engine air filter element for the 2.5 liter 2AR-FE inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Toyota, Scion or Lexus vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, 4Runner, Land Runner, Sequoia, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few replacement air filters include the following with their part numbers: Fram CA10171, Purolator A35649, Mahle LX 3016, Wix 49223, Mann MA 1230, Beck Arnley 042-1716, Hastings AF1308, K&N 33-2370 or 33-2381, Premium Guard PA5649 and Toyota 17801-YZZ02.

No tools are needed to check or change the air filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing element.

Lift Off Top Half Air Box
Pull Out Old Filter
Vacuum Out Air Box
The air box is located at the back right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The top half of the air box is fastened in place by two metal latches.

Release the two latches by pressing them down and away from the air box.

Lift up the top half of the air box and slide it to the right to disengage the tabs from the slots on the left side.

Pull the old engine air filter out of the lower half of the air box.


Clean Air Filter
Install Air Filter Element
Insert Tabs In To Slots
Clean out any debris in the lower half of the air box with the wet/dry shop vacuum.

If the old air filter element looks relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and vacuum out any dust before re-installing it.

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

I would recommend using either the Toyota 17801-YZZ02 or the Fram CA10171 filters since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you would rather have a washable and re-usable filter that will last the life time of the car, buy the K&N 33-2370 filter which will need to be cleaned and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.

Insert the new air filter in to the lower half of the air box so that the one square corner on the filter is properly aligned.

Close Top Half Air Box
Lift Up & Secure 2 Clasps
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Replace the top half of the air box cover so that the tabs on the left slide in to their corresponding slots on the lower half of the air box.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together all the way around.

Lift up the metal latches and snap them back in place to secure the air box.

Be sure to record the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 Toyota Camry DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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