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96 4Runner - Help with Dash lights


I have a 96 4runner & the lights that are on the dash behind the heater/AC controls do not work 99.9% of the time. I can sometimes hit the dash & they will come on. So... this tells me that there is a short or loose wire somewhere. I have looked, but I can't find anything wrong. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.


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  • jedi1971 Nov 03, 2008

    Toyota Ed,

    Thanks for the help. I appreciate it very much.

    One more question, how do you get to the light behind the heater control?

    Thanks in advance.


  • jedi1971 Nov 03, 2008

    Thank you so much. I will give it a shot once I find the bulbs. I called a local Schucks & they don't carry it. They refered me to the dealer. I hate the dealer!! :(



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You need to replace the bulbs behind the heater control. The bulbs have rather large filaments, and hitting the control sometimes makes the filaments "weld themselves" back together for a short time. I would not suspect a short or a loose wire.

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  • Toyota Ed Nov 03, 2008

    Pull off the 4 square knobs.

    Using a hook-shaped tool, remove th plastic heater control face.

    The AC switch will pop out with the face when you dislodge it

    Remove the 2 screws under the heater control fascia

    Pull the whole cover off

    Loosen the 4 screws for the control, and lower it to access the bulbs.

    Comment back if you have any issues; glad to help!

    The graciousness of a FixYa would be MUCH appreciated!

  • Toyota Ed Nov 03, 2008

    Pretty sure that they are #194 bulbs; commonly found; not dealer items.

    Thnaks for the FixYa; much appreciated!



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