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Does anyone have a link to the procedure for replacing the cabin air filter on a Highlander? Has anyone done it?
 

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The owners manual is pretty useless for maintenance items - they don't even tell you the procedure for changing the oil!

I didn't see this in the owners manual either....did you?
 

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I don't have a Highlander. But google is your friend.

Instructions

*Step 1:
Open the glove box and remove any papers and other items you might keep stored there. Locate the small screw on the lower right side to which the stop arm of the glove box is attached. Remove the screw.
*Step 2:
Slip the loop of the arm off the cylinder after the screw is removed. This will free the entire glove box. Squeeze each side of the glove box to allow it to be pulled past the tabs and remove the entire compartment.
*Step 3:
Locate the cabin air filter housing behind the glove box. Squeeze tabs on the plastic cover toward each other and pull off. Pull the filter frame straight out. Keep the filter face up to prevent any debris caught in the filter from dropping onto the floor or the seat of the vehicle.
*Step 4:
Take out the old filter from the filter frame and insert the new filter. Make sure the UP arrow is facing up toward you, and that the sides of the filter are slipped under the tabs on either side of the frame.
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Snap the plastic cover back onto the filter frame. Hook the glove box back onto its hinges. Squeeze the sides again and push the box back into place until the tabs catch behind the dash. Reattach the loop of the stop arm onto the cylinder and replace the screw.

Tips & Warnings

* If you are changing the cabin air filter on a Toyota Highlander, you can remove the loop of the stop arm from the cylinder without removing the screw.
* Make sure your Toyota model and year is equipped with a cabin air filter and that you have purchased the correct replacement filter before going through the work of removing the glove box.
* Replace cabin air filters every 15,000 miles or so. Remove the filter and shake it out often to clean debris between replacements.
* On late-model Toyota Highlanders (2006 and after), the glove box drops out of the way after the stop arm is detached to allow access to the cabin filter frame without removing the entire compartment.

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Open the glove compartment - remove all the contents. On the sides of the glove box you will see restraints that keep the box from dropping all the way open. release them and allow the box to drop down and out. Behind the glove box you will see a plastic door and frame which houses the cabin air filter. Open and remove and replace the filter.
 

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Thanks. Google must not be my friend because I did a search and came up with plenty of sites wanting to sell you the filters but none of them explained how to install them. Thanks again!
 

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It works just like the last post stated.Total time will take 5min.Just make sure that when you put in the new filter that if it is an aftermarket filter the arrows on the filter may point in the direction of Airflow which is Down. (The original Toyota Filter arrow points UP).Otherwise a simple install that anyone could do with NO Tools,Save yourself the $30 "labor" charge from the dealer. Also just curious,noticed u have an '08 HL have you gotten "The Smell" when using your A/c yet?? Thanks and good luck with the filter install
 

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Another note, make sure it's the box style filter, the previous HL generation was a flat filter. Some of the Rockauto filter's picture were wrong on their site if you are ordering from them. I've told the CS a few month ago about it since they sent me the wrong one that was labeled '08 HL. I'm using the FRAM AIR FreshBreeze and have not had that AC "smell" since and it has been very hot here.
 

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Thanks-I also tried the Fram FreshBreeze filter and the smell is considerably less than it was before with the factory filter.Hopefully this will be tolerable enough to avoid the dashboard ripout and any problems that will arise afterwards in the future.What's the best price you've found on these filters???Just curious if you don't mind.Thanks again and sorry for the delayed reply-Scott




Another note, make sure it's the box style filter, the previous HL generation was a flat filter. Some of the Rockauto filter's picture were wrong on their site if you are ordering from them. I've told the CS a few month ago about it since they sent me the wrong one that was labeled '08 HL. I'm using the FRAM AIR FreshBreeze and have not had that AC "smell" since and it has been very hot here.
 

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Thanks-I also tried the Fram FreshBreeze filter and the smell is considerably less than it was before with the factory filter.Hopefully this will be tolerable enough to avoid the dashboard ripout and any problems that will arise afterwards in the future.What's the best price you've found on these filters???Just curious if you don't mind.Thanks again and sorry for the delayed reply-Scott
Got mine at RockAuto.com for $14 each.
 

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What is the Fram part number?
Wallyworld only lists the Hybrid. Is it the same as a regular HL?
 

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What is the Fram part number?
Wallyworld only lists the Hybrid. Is it the same as a regular HL?
The Fram FreezeBreeze filter has the stock as CF10285 for the Sport and the same stock number for the Hybrid model according to RockAuto.com
 

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Ok, thanks.
 

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Thanks Again.Got mine at Amazon for $14.45 with free ship deal.In case you wanted to "stock up" they currently have them on sale for 14.45 with a $3 rebate until 9/30/10. Appreciate all your info and hopefully we don't have anymore recaalls or smell issues with our HL's. I really love the truck but don't know if I'll stand for many more problems with a Toyota vehicle,had bought this truck to avoid all these problems as I have had in the past with other vehicle brands-Scott
 

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Just in case anyone needs one, I just picked one of these up (Fram Extrabreeze CF10285) for $13.26 at Walmart. They had it listed at $18 and change on the shelf, but Walmart.com has it for the lower price and I just showed the web page on my phone to the cashier and she matched the price. Also picked up the Fram Extra Guard engine air filter (CA9762) for $7.33 on a price match.

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