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What is the trick to opening the air filter cover on a 1998 Camry. It looks like you have to remove a few items connected into it. A little sensor connector it looks like but how do you get it separated and a few other parts.
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what are you doing? getting rid of the air box? or to get the filter replaced? to undo the air box, is really easy, undo the top 4 clips of the top half, remove it, remove the filter, on the backside, there should be an air sensor plugged into it, just unplug it, then there will be around 4 bolts at the bottom inside the air box, unbolt those, and undo the hose to the throttle body and the resinator and wallah.
 

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I want to get the air filter out.

Its not my car so I dont want to beak anything. There are only 2 clips and what looks to be a hinge on the engine side of the cover. It wont come straight up . It will only go up maybe an inch on the side by the fender. The sensor needs to come out but I couldnt get it unplugged. Whats the trick to unplug it. Ive tried several ways to unplug it but it wont go.
This is also the Japanese 4 cylinder engine so maybe this is different from the American 4 cylinder air filter cover.

The Haynes manual says to undo the 4 clips like you said but mine has only 2 and a back hinge. There is more to it than this.
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ok, this is the easiest thing you will ever do in a car....

there will be about 4 metal clips on the air box

one on each corner, flip each one out, there are two visable ones on the right side, and the other two you have to reach for.... un flip them, and lift the air box off, pull the air filter out, put the new one back in.... and flip the clips back over where they go... and you're done. :)
 

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This isnt the year, but the engine bay is virtualy the same.


The red lines point to a metal clip.... if you're saying theres like only like 3 of them or something.... just undo the clips around the flange of the upper air box.... dont undo the air sensor!! if this is just for air filter.... just undo the only metal clips you come accross on it... lift it up about 4-5 inches, cause the air hose wont allow you too much..... take out the old filter and put the new one in there, and drop it and re clip it, and you're done. its not hard, every car on the road is like this.
 

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I hope you're talking about the 5sfe 4 cylinder.

anyway, just undo the clips on the box, lift it up a few inches, and do what i said above... couldnt be any easier.
 

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Thanks alot Madawg, I know how your type of cover works. This air filter cover is different than yours. I have a Volvo 850 Turbo and it comes off the same way with the clips. You undo the clips and pick it up. Maybe this 1998 Japanese made Camry is different because of the California emmisions standard. Because it has a sensor going into the top of the cover and finally I did got it out. It was stuck and I wiggled it out . However there is some other type of hose also going into the side of the cover I have to get out. Without getting the sensor and the hose off the cover wont come off. It is some type of hose but I dont want to yank to hard on it. Dont want to break it. Its my girlfriends car so its not over all the time.
 

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mind you their all built in japan :rolleyes: , the 98 camry le (my brother has a98 camry le), same engine, engine bay looks about the same... just newer.
 

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Some Camrys are built in Kentucky. Toyota has a plant there.

Im not exactly sure the year when they started manufacturing them. You can tell by the VIN number and there are other places that say it...either the sticker under the hood or inside drivers door when opened.
 
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