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Old 07-28-14, 01:48 AM   #16
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Default Captive Nuts and Bolts

You can try here also...

Screws:
http://www.webstore.com/item,pgr,OEM-TOYOTA-CAMRY-LEXUS-AIR-FILTER-BREATHER-CLEANER-BOX-COVER-BOLT-SCREW-2AZFE,name,43285635,auction_id,auction_details

Nuts:
http://www.webstore.com/item,pgr,OEM-TOYOTA-CAMRY-LEXUS-AIR-FILTER-BREATHER-CLEANER-BOX-COVER-SQUARE-NUT-2AZFE,name,43286123,auction_id,auction_details

I put it on mine and it's perfect fit.
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Thank you Noozboy, your advice was right on the money. Replaced wife's air filter on her es and sure enough lost a bolt. Shocked to jump online and find you can't buy them. Checked eBay and they were there, but seemed like a rip off. Saw your post, headed to Home Depot, bought the m5 25mm screw and washer and voila, problem solved. Fit perfect and easier to remove and install than the original hex bolt. Thanks for sharing Noozboy, you made my evening and saved me a ton of grief.
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You can find those captive bolts on eBay at the following link.

Genuine OEM Toyota Lexus Camry Airbox Cover Bolts / Screws/ Lid



Genuine OEM Toyota Lexus Camry Airbox Cover Bolts
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I'm a little late to the party, but for those who struggle finding captive bolts/screws for the Lexus air filter box (Airbox) there are (at least) a couple of ways to go. If you don't want to pay high dealer costs, eBay has the captive bolts for $11/each. Ouch!

However, if you have a great Ace Hardware store near you, like I do, Ace is the place. Found great help in the Ace aisles with a car-guy named JT. With JT's help, I just replaced the captive bolts with a metric M5 25mm stainless steel screw. Couple that with a neoprene-backed stainless washer and voila! Works like a charm to hold the airbox together.

Cost $1 for each screw and washer combo. I needed two, so it cost me just over $2.

Thanks for the earlier advice on the forum, but a special thanks to Ace Hardware for finding a great solution at a killer cost.
Hi Noozboy - I just checked replaced the engine air filter a couple weeks ago (replaced cabin air filter as well) for the first time and I found the screw in behind the air box (closest to the driver) was completely missing...nothing holding it together. On the front side nearest the front of the vehicle was one screw with no nut or anything holding it closed/sealed. So absolutely nothing was secure the top of the air clean box to the bottom (and we've taken it to the dealer multiple times over the last couple of years.
With that said, I saw your solution and just bought some M5 25mm screws. But now I need to get the washers. What size of washer do I need to get, and how does that help the screw seal the airbox? I thought the screw needed a nut to tighten from underneath. Again, I'm completely new to this, so any advice would be helpful.

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Hi Noozboy - I just checked replaced the engine air filter a couple weeks ago (replaced cabin air filter as well) for the first time and I found the screw in behind the air box (closest to the driver) was completely missing...nothing holding it together. On the front side nearest the front of the vehicle was one screw with no nut or anything holding it closed/sealed. So absolutely nothing was secure the top of the air clean box to the bottom (and we've taken it to the dealer multiple times over the last couple of years.
With that said, I saw your solution and just bought some M5 25mm screws. But now I need to get the washers. What size of washer do I need to get, and how does that help the screw seal the airbox? I thought the screw needed a nut to tighten from underneath. Again, I'm completely new to this, so any advice would be helpful.

Thank you!
The bottom of the box that is stationary is threaded to accept the bolts. The washers are about a half inch in diameter and are key to getting a good seal. Washers will slide into a slit in the top of box, then bolts pass through and tighten. Washers help lock everything together. Look at the top removable part of box to see how washers slip into the slit in the plastic top box.
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The bottom of the box that is stationary is threaded to accept the bolts. The washers are about a half inch in diameter and are key to getting a good seal. Washers will slide into a slit in the top of box, then bolts pass through and tighten. Washers help lock everything together. Look at the top removable part of box to see how washers slip into the slit in the plastic top box.
Thanks BlackLexRX. I will take a look tomorrow evening. I'm wondering if something happened to the front side location, because when I looked at the screw/bolt that was down all the way through the bottom of the box, it seemed very free and was not screwed in tight to anything. If it's supposed to screw into the bottom of the box snugly, I'll make sure I double-check that closely. I'll let you know if I run into any issues. Thanks again!
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Thanks BlackLexRX. I will take a look tomorrow evening. I'm wondering if something happened to the front side location, because when I looked at the screw/bolt that was down all the way through the bottom of the box, it seemed very free and was not screwed in tight to anything. If it's supposed to screw into the bottom of the box snugly, I'll make sure I double-check that closely. I'll let you know if I run into any issues. Thanks again!
The washer helps set the depth for the little bolt to be able to get into the threads below. I've changed my filter a couple times now, so I'm used to getting that washer in there correctly. First time I tried, washer was above its slot and no matter of tightening bolt would allow it to grab threads below. Once I got the washer into its slot, bolt tightens.
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I was replacing my air filter the other day and pressed a bit to hard on the 10mm bolt, forcing the captive nut on the other side to drop out of its pressing and to be lost forever. Has this happened to anybody before? Is there a captive nut I can replace this with?

Thanks in advance!
I bought mine here.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-OEM-TOYOTA-SCION-LEXUS-AIR-FILTER-ELEMENT-BOX-COVER-BOLTS-SCREWS-NUTS-/221772434907?nav=SELLING_ACTIVE&skus=Type:1%20Bolt&varId=520619453808
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