Most Toyota vehicles have two different air filters in place. One is for the vehicle's engine, while the other is for the cabin. They both serve to prevent harmful contaminants from getting into essential systems and fouling things up. In that way, they work much like your oil filter and fuel filter do.
How Do Air Filters Work?
The engine air filter is located under the hood, near the air intake. It captures those pollutants before they can make their way into the motor, where they'd quickly collect and restrict air flow. Your cabin air filter is usually found behind the glove box, though it can also be placed under the front cowling on the passenger side of your vehicle. It keeps allergens and irritants from flowing through the air ducts and out of the air vents into your passenger space, keeping the air you breathe fresh and clean.
How Do You Recognize Failing Air Filters?
Unfortunately, even the best air filters will eventually clog up or degrade with age. When that happens, neither your engine nor your lungs will get the fresh air that they need. Signs of problems include:
- Lit "Check Engine" light
- Unclean smells in your cabin
- Odd engine noises
- Misfiring engine
- Reduced engine power
- Weakened throttle response and acceleration
- Poorer fuel economy
- Increased exhaust emissions
Genuine OEM Air Filters Are Best For Your Vehicle
When you do need a new air filter, insist on installing the right one for your model. Your manufacturer makes the only ones that are guaranteed to be compatible with your vehicle, ensuring the protective fit that you need. Our online auto parts store has everything you need in stock and ready to ship. Buy now to save time and money!
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