Changing a cabin filter on a 5th gen 4Runner can’t get much easier, so there’s not much of an excuse to not make it part of regular maintenance. It’s accessible through the glove compartment, where a small rectangular cover plate can be popped out and the filter withdrawn.
The filter in my 4Runner was pretty well blocked; dirt, leaf debris, and other unidentifiable objects abounded. I created an account on the Toyota Owner’s Website and looked over the service history of the vehicle. Sure enough, the last documented cabin filter change was last done at 15,000 miles. Unless the previous owner changed the filter personally, I had some 62,000 miles of crap in the filter I was holding.
|PARTS USED IN THIS POST|
|Cabin Air Filter||STP CAF1816P||$16|