The air filter is designed to prevent harmful debris from entering into the air/fuel mixture used by your engine. You have to replace your air filter as a part of routine maintenance so that your Toyota is able to run efficiently. The filter helps to prevent all kinds of particles from reaching the engine and causing problems. Even if you stick with a regular maintenance schedule, sometimes, you might have to replace the air filter sooner than you think. If you notice the filter looks dirtier than normal, it's a good idea to change it out. The filter starts out nearly white when you install it in your vehicle, so if you check it out and it's completely covered in debris, change it out. Another thing that can happen when your filter becomes worn is the check engine light coming on. Deposits building up in the engine can cause the light to come on to point you in the direction of a potential air filter change. You also might notice there is a decreased in fuel efficiency. Your vehicle might not be getting the right amount of oxygen, when can cause it to use more fuel. Make sure you get an OEM Toyota air filter when you've determined you need a replacement.
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