Pull the dash off and then the instrument panel off and it is connected to the back of the instrument panel itself, easy to do but a lot of work.
Or if you have a desired color that you want in your instrament pannel, go to auto zone and the have these flexable strip lights you can wire into the headlight swich, its a little easier and it looks cool too!!!
You have to pull the instrument cluster out of the car. On the back of the cluster are numerous bulb sockets. Turn the sockets (sort of the same way you have to turn the sockets to remove say..taillight bulbs except the wiring to these bulbs goes through the same printed circuit that feeds the rest of the instrument cluster) The sockets and bulbs should come right out. Pull the bulbs out of the sockets and take them to an auto parts store. Get the auto parts store to verify which bulbs you need (don't want to go to all this trouble and fing out you put the wrong bulbs in). Reinstall the bulbs in the socket and reinstall the sockets on the back of the instrument cluster and then reinstall the cluster.
First off are your dash lights out if so its more likely to be a fuse that you need to replace check your owners manual the dash lights in a corolla are LED lights so its not likely they have burned out. if your looking to change the color of the bulb go to an audio installer for directions on removing your dash panels to get at the bulbs to replace them there's one in your center section and i don't know about the instrument cluster
there is little bulbs in the instrument cluster that are burned out replace them and the dash lights will work again and you might have bumped the dimmer switch for the dash lights also ive done that b4. get a haynes manual and it will show and explain to you how to do it ive got a 1998 prizm not very much different than yours.
You need to take any plastic switches or buttons out of the way and then using a screwdriver, take every screw out that is holding the dashboard in place..be sure to remember where everything goes so when you put it back you won't forget anything. Once you take the instrument display off (screws hold into the bezel) there are little light bulbs that simply pull out..locate the burned out bulb and replace it...NoteCheck all fuses before you take anything apart because it also could be a burned out fuseDoes this process work as well with a 1997 Corolla?I found 4 screws on my 1997 (2 in the top of the instrument console) and 2 near the bottom of the center instrument panel, but that didn't seem to get me anywhere.I still couldn't remove the panel and replace the bulb.
To replace the dashboard lights on the 1997 F-150, you will first need to remove the dash bezel and dash cover in order to access the lights. Then, remove the instrument panel cover below the bezel and remove the burned out lights. Replace the lights and add the cover, dash cover, and bezel back to the dashboard.
I'm not sure about your question...I assume you're asking to replace a burned out bulb in your instrument cluster. If that's your question.... You need to remove the steering wheel first. If your car has an airbag...which I think it does not...be very careful to follow manufacture's proceedures...you don't want to set it off. Anyway...remove the steering wheel...then slowly manipulate the instrument cluster out of the dash. There's an oil line connected to the unit, so don't pull on the cluster too hard...just enough to get your fingers to the bulbs. There are several different types of bulbs in this cluster, so make sure you know which bulbs need replacing...you might want to replace as many as you can. As I always recommend...when one starts to go, the others follow...and it can be a pain to repeat this process...so spend the extra bucks. All the bulbs back there should be those flay bayonet style bulbs. Now, if you have some lights out in other places, remember, most of the center console illumination is done with small bayonet bulbs, and glass strands for the rocker switches. The shifter has one bulb in it, and the radio has its own light.
ok to remove the instrument cluster, you must remove the stereo housing in the middle. just 2 screws above the heat selection, like where you control fan speed, etc. once those are out you can pull the unit out. Next the panel underneath the steering wheel, there are about 3 or 4 screws at the verry bottom. one next to the emergency brake and 2 underneath the hood release latch, those 2 screws hold the hood latch in place. after those are removed you can now pull that plastic piece out. Then there will be a metel piece behind that. remove all those screws, close to 8 i think. next after you have those removed there will be metal bar underneath your steering column. follow that to each side and removed the nuts. your steering column will now drop. next there are three screws located at the top of the instrument cluster, most likely they are black. remove those. now you should be able to pull out the covering around your instrument, i.e the plastic piece with the headlight switch located next to the door. after that there is 4 screws surronding the instrument cluster. unscrew those and pull the instrument cluster out. slowly pull it out because of the wire harnesses attached behind it. unplug those if needed. i just did this today 3/2/08 to replace the light bulbs. all of mine had burned out. I have noticed with several of these if a certain bulb goes out, they all go out, like the old xmas tree lights. hope this helps.
Check the fuse for your tail lights, usually when all of your lights in your instrument cluster are out, it usually meas that either your tail light fuse, or possibly both tail lights are burned out. this is a "safety" feature built into most cars to alert you that there is a problem with your tail lights.
Hello. I have an 2000 Olds Intrigue with less than 34,000 miles on it. Originally when I inherited the car 5 years ago the instrument cluster lights would go out for extended periods of time and sometimes come back on. Wiithin the last 3 months I now get infrequently rough driving/stalling. I smelled a slight plastic odor just before this. Most recently I saw smoke from the dash area. I removed the lower panel, the left side dash panel, the steering column and the instrument cluster. I expected to see some burnt electrical tape and underlying wire(s). But do not see any evidence of this yet. I have not removed the tape & covering from most of the 100 or so wires yet. I removed and replaced (with same bulb) all 10 or so of the bulbs in the instrument cluster and none of them looked burned out. I see that there are several large computer wafer boards within the instrument cluster. I'm wondering if the smoke came from those boards or came from wires elsewhere. I'd like to start the car up with the dash area now exposed to hopefully initiate a small amount of smoke to better determine where it is coming from. With that as the background FINALLY here's my questions. Can I start the car with the instrument cluster detached ? If I do, will this in any way screw up the computer, air bags, or anything else ? Is there a better way to approach this ? In advance thank you for your help. Jim I see no reason you cannot start the car with the instrument cluster removed. Just know that that smell means something was burning. Be prepared for a fire. Park the car outside away from any buildings &, not in a garage. Have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. Look on this printed circuit boards for a burnt resistor or capacitor.
There are at least 7 or 8 lamps in the instrument cluster which provide lighting to the gauges, speedometer and "idiot lights". It's a fair bet that several of them have burned out in a vehicle of that age. You'll probably have to pull the cluster in order to reach them. Some LED versions are available that are both brighter than the original lamps, and will NEVER have to be replaced again for the life of the car. You can also get them in cool colors :)
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