The air cleaners used on Toyota vehicles are of the dry element, disposable type. They should never be washed or oiled.
Clean the element every 3,000 miles, or more often under dry, dusty conditions, by using low pressure compressed air. Blow from the inside toward the outside.
Replace the element every 30,000 miles; or more often under dry, dusty conditions. Be sure to use the correct one; all Toyota elements are of the same type but they come in a variety of sizes.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- To remove the air cleaner element, pull the wire tab to release each clip on top of the housing and loosen the air inlet duct clamp. Lift off the top section. Set it aside carefully since the emission system hoses are attached to it on some models.
- On the 1989-90 Cressida models, loosen the air inlet duct clamp, disconnect the air flow meter connector and remove the air filter element cover retainer bolt. Then release the clips and remove the air cleaner element.
- Disconnect and tag these hoses first (if so equipped), to remove it entirely from the car. Lift the air cleaner element out for service or replacement.
- Inspect the lower surface of the element. If it is dirty it should be replaced. If it is just moderately dusty, it may be cleaned by blowing a low volume of compressed air from the upper surface.
- Installation is the reverse of removal.