How to replace the air filter housing on a 2001 Toyota 4runner

John John (304)
1 hour

This guide will likely work on 4runners within a few years of 2001. All you have to do is make sure the part you buy is the correct part.

Dorman 258-512 Air Filter Box ×1

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Disconnect all hoses from the air filter housing

There is a large hose connected to the rear air filter housing. There is a single screw that you can loosen to disconnect the hose. Also connected is a smaller hose in the right hand side of the housing which should be able to be removed simply by pulling it away from the housing.

Disconnect the airflow sensor

To disconnect the airflow sensor simply squeeze the fitting like you see in the image and pull the wires away from the sensor. You will then need to remove the 2 screws holding the sensor to the housing. Set the 2 screws and the sensor off to the side for now.

Remove the water tube

There is a white, plastic tube used for adding water. This is easy to remove and will be necessary for the next few steps. This image shows the bolt you will need to remove in the next step. To remove this plastic tube simply loosen it at the top and pull it straight up.

Remove the bolts securing the air filter housing

There are three bolts that secure the air filter housing to the vehicle. Two of them will require either an extension for your ratchet.

Remove the housing from the vehicle

At this point, should be able to remove the housing by first pulling the housing towards the center of the vehicle detaching it from the left wall. Then once it is detached, pull straight up.

Secure the new housing in its place

Go ahead and bolt the new housing in it's place. You can then go ahead and re-attach the hoses and fasten them them in place.

Connect the airflow sensor and put the water tube back in its place

Screw the airflow sensor back in place, and reattach the wires. Then slide the water tube back in its place and secure it at the top.

Insert the air filter and double check your work

Insert a new air filter into the housing. Make sure everything is fastened tightly, all hoses are connected and the airflow sensor is back in it's place. Once you've done this you're finished!

Zach Zach (248)
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