Toyota Tundra: How to Change Cabin Air Filter

If an air freshener won't help remove the pungent odors coming from your Tundra's air vents, it might be time to change the cabin air filter. Continue reading to learn how.

January 27, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota Tundra (2000-present).

Replacing the cabin air filter in your Toyota Tundra is one of the simplest and quickest DIY jobs. You'll know this filter needs to be changed if you smell a persistent unpleasant odor coming from the air vents and HVAC system or when the fan speeds are slower than usual. For regular maintenance, it's recommended that you change the cabin air filter at least every 15,000 miles.

Clean versus dirty cabin air filter

Figure 1. Clean versus dirty cabin air filter.

How to change Toyota Tundra cabin air filter infographic

Materials Needed

  • Replacement air filter

Step 1 – Remove the air filter

  • Make sure the engine is turned off, and remove everything from the glove box.
  • Remove the compartment tray by pushing it up and out. Once this has been removed, you will have access to the air filter door.
  • Slide the air filter door up, and remove it from the glove box.
  • Depress the tabs on each end of the air filter cover, and pull the cover off.
  • Grab the air filter with your fingers, and slide it out of the compartment.
  • Remove the compartment tray
    Figure 2. Remove the compartment tray.
  • Slide the air filter door up and off
    Figure 3. Slide the air filter door up and off.
  • Depress tabs on the air filter cover
    Figure 4. Depress tabs on the air filter cover.
  • Slide the air filter out
    Figure 5. Slide the air filter out.

Step 2 – Install the new air filter

  • Insert the new cabin air filter into the compartment. Make sure the arrows on both the filter and filter cover are facing up before installation.
  • Reattach the cabin air filter door and compartment tray.
  • Lastly, start the engine and test the new air filter.
Air filter cover faces up
Figure 6. Make sure the filter cover is facing up.

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