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A Guide to Your Camry's Air Filter

Your Toyota Camry is respected and recognized for its lasting reliability and performance, but it is your responsibility to enhance and protect its reputation with regular maintenance and care. This begins with the essential basics, such as regular air filter changes. provides the quality parts that you need at the prices you want. As an authorized dealer for genuine Scion, Toyota and TRD parts, we ship anywhere in the U.S., and our easy to use parts locator will direct you to the Toyota recommended parts for your year and model. There are never any worries when you order from TRD, and if you have any questions at all, personalized help is just a phone call away at 855-730-2356.

Do-It-Yourself Air Filter Basics

Replace the air filter regularly to reduce the risk of clogs, which will block air and reduce the throttle's response and engine's power. Your engine requires clean, contaminant-free air for the combustion of air and fuel that starts the engine. Your air filter protects the engine from airborne debris, dust and dirt as the fresh air is drawn into the engine. When you repeatedly avoid or postpone changing your air filter, you are limiting the flow of air into the engine, and this will ultimately reduce the vehicle's life expectancy and performance capabilities. It's important to note that the restricted air flow that manages to escape a clog isn't adequate, and is potentially damaging to the engine. Driving with a clogged air filter creates the risk of early engine failure and lasting damage to the vehicle. Tupelo, Mississippi, which is Elvis Presley's birthplace, is just an hour from the Memphis International airport and the home of TRD Shop. Many car owners enjoy the springtime weather and use it as an opportunity to do spring maintenance on their Toyota Camry's interior and exterior. It is also a very good time to complete basics, such as air filter changes. Regularly scheduling do-it-yourself oil and air filter changes will keep your car healthy and ready for the summer concerts and barbecue festivals at Fair Park on W. Main St. in front of City Hall in Tupelo. Also, don't forget the Tupelo Flea Market. You will need to have your Toyota clean and ready to carry your great buys of arts, crafts, furniture and so much more.

The High Cost of Reduced Air Flow

When the engine experiences a reduction in air flow, the computer that controls the fuel injection system fights to maintain the correct air and fuel mixture by adjusting the delivery of the fuel. A continued reduction in airflow will provide an inadequate mixture of fuel and air, which will cause poor combustion, reduced fuel economy, limited engine performance and will eventually damage the motor. So, it's important to change the filter, and it's equally important to choose the best air filter for your vehicle. Buying cheap or aftermarket filters to save money could cost you more money in repairs and shorten your engine's life.

Aftermarket or Factory Air Filters

When you choose to use aftermarket air filters, it's important that you make an educated choice. Aftermarket air filters are designed differently than factory designed filters. Factory designed filters are made to fit perfectly and will not permit unfiltered air to bypass the filter through unsealed edges. The Toyota filter is made with multiple layers of cotton between pleated, wire mesh. These internal layers of fiber will capture and trap dirt particles while allowing air to enter the engine freely. Most aftermarket air filters can't provide fuel mileage claims because they do not have the studies that are needed to provide a reliable determination, including testing based on weather variables, driving characteristics, roads and more. But, factory-designed air filters operate according to the original gas mileage that was provided by the manufacturer. Choosing to use aftermarket air filters can be risky because the possibility of extra gas usage can pose an adverse effect on the environment. But, what about aftermarket, washable filters? Aren't they better for the environment than factory disposable filters? No, not necessarily, because factory designed filters are made with eco-friendly paper, and only three to six disposable filters would be used over a six-year period. You can rely on Toyota to provide the very best replacement part options for your vehicle. Each authentic product is designed, backed and tested by Toyota to ensure excellence and reliability for your vehicle. You should choose products that are guaranteed by Toyota to protect your vehicle's warranty and to ensure that your vehicle operates continually as per Toyota standards.

Changing Your Camry's Air and Oil Filter

Changing your Camry's air filter is a critical maintenance project that is recommended every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Most modern vehicles have gauges that calculate when the engine's oil should be changed. This gauge is also a reliable way to determine when to check and replace the air filter. The Oil Life System (OLS) calculates the engine's speed and temperature, along with other operating conditions, to determine when to change the oil. Change the oil and air filters when the oil is changed to protect the engine and to maintain its reliable performance for many more years to come. Enter your Camry's VIN HERE along with air filter to find the recommended filter for your Camry.

Signs that the Air Filter is Clogged

• Reduction in fuel economy More fuel is needed to produce sufficient power when the engine has inadequate access to oxygen. If you recognize that your fuel economy has decreased in your older vehicle, check the air filter to determine if it needs replacing. Because newer vehicles operate with fuel-injected engines using computers that calculate the amount of air and fuel used, a clogged filter shouldn't significantly alter the vehicle's fuel economy. A slight difference in the consumption of fuel may be experienced. • Misfiring A dirty air filter will allow residue to accumulates on the spark plug. The necessary spark needed for the combustion of air and fuel may not be produced, and the engine will lack starting power and may misfire. • Unusual engine noises Sounds such as vibrating, coughing or popping may be caused by a dirty air filter or by a damaged spark plug, which is caused by a clogged air filter. • Check engine light is illuminated Carbon deposits may accumulate and trigger the check engine light. Check the motor diagnostics and the air filter. • Air filter look dirty The air filter is white or off-white in color, but as dirt accumulates, it usually looks darker. Inner dirt can be hidden in the layers of filter paper but can be invisible. Therefore, it is important to have the air filter changed regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions. • Reduced power If the vehicle doesn't respond correctly or if there are jerking movements when the accelerator is pressed, the engine may not be receiving the air needed for acceleration and performance. • Black soot from the exhaust The fuel can not burn completely without proper air during the combustion cycle. Unburnt fuel may exit the car through the exhaust, and this would look like black smoke. Sometimes a flame can even be seen exiting the exhaust, which is dangerous, and your vehicle should be seen immediately by a professional. •Smelling gasoline Excess unburnt fuel may produce the odor of gas when the engine is started. The air filter needs to be changed. Always check for other issues as well.

Order Your Factory Parts Online

Ordering parts for your Camry is easy with TRD Shop. Our complete online catalog is user-friendly and is designed to help you make an educated and accurate purchase. Our Parts Specialists are also available to help you when you have questions. Please feel free to call 855-730-2356 during regular business hours or email us at TRD Shop is located in Tupelo in Northeast Mississippi.