All of the dirt and dust present in the air is kept out of the engine by means of the air cleaner filter element. Proper maintenance is vital, as a clogged element not only restricts the air flow and thus the power, but can also cause premature engine wear.
The filter element should be cleaned and inspected periodically. Remove the filter element and using low pressure compressed air, blow the dirt out.
The filter element used on Toyota vehicles is of the dry, disposable type. It should never be washed, soaked or oiled.
The filter element must be replaced at the proper intervals. 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
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- Unfasten the wing nut and/or clips that retain the air filter element cover. Remove the cover and air filter element.
- Clean out the filter case (air cleaner) with a rag. Fit the filter element into the air cleaner. Make certain it is not upside down (the filter usually marked for correct installation). Double check that the element is properly seated; if it is crooked, the cover won't seat and air leaks will admit unfiltered air into the motor.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedures.