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Yes.. the old hitting the dash repair! I like it!... Sorry. apparently there is a loose or faulty connection near the environmental control unit that you attempt to repair while driving. Someone with a knowledge of electrical repair and dashboard/console removal should look at this for you. Those simulated luxury panels cannot take that abuse! Good luck
Toyota 2000 - Before you get started - get a good camera and when you need to remove anything - take a picture of how it looked before you removed it.
Removing the dash is a job only a master mechanic will take on. Most beginners have to get a lot of help as there are many minor details on a dash. Which wire goes where -how was it routed - some are air hoses - some are heater hoses - some must go back on before others and so on and so forth. I am not saying don't try it - I am saying it is a very dificult project. To get started - be sure the car is where it can be left in case you need to get parts -- start with removing the negative battery cable. now look for loose panels on the dash it's self. If you have an air bag - you will need to consult your owners manual to see how to disable it and remove it. Not paying attention to this can cause an injury. Once you get this far please be careful in removing the remaining screws to where the dash is lose. Pull gently and remove screws and bolts until the unit pulls free.
Again I caution you this is a project only highly experienced mechanic should attempt.
I also had the same problem on my 2000 Silverado 1500 Z71....on both doors!!! I found the best solution (even though I didn't have the money) was to get it fixed by a good mechanic who wouldn't screw up anything else in the process. Passenger side went first...then a year later, drivers side fell half way down. He researched the solution on his own...found out you have to buy the whole window motor assembly. After labor....300 bucks each window...OUCH!!! Bought my truck new in 2000. Window problem happened in 2006 then in 2007.
On Cabriolet with an air bag, disconnect the negative battery cable
and wait at least 20 minutes for the back-up power supply to discharge.
Make sure no one is in the vehicle when connecting the battery.
Unintended deployment of the air bag can cause serious or fatal injury.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the gear shift knob and boot and remove the center console.
Remove the steering wheel.
Remove the knee bar from below the dashboard.
Remove the steering column support bracket and lower the column.
Pull the knobs off the heater controls and remove the control assembly and the radio.
the headlight switch and switch blanks to gain access to the screws.
Remove the instrument cluster and trim panel around the cluster.
Remove the glove compartment.
At the firewall, remove the plastic tray and remove the 2 nuts holding the top of the dashboard.
.Remove the main fuse panel and disconnect the plugs at the back. Disconnect the ground wires.
any remaining wiring from the dashboard and remove the 4 last screws; 1
at each end and 1 at each end of the instrument cluster area. Remove
Fit the dashboard into place and start all 4 screws, then tighten them.
Install the fuse panel and connect the wiring.
Secure the steering column into place.
Install the switches and instrument cluster.
Install the heater controls and radio.
Install the console and connect all wiring.
Connect the battery to test the electrical system.
Install the steering wheel, knee bar and all remaining components.
if it's the light for the climate control you can remove the panel again and change the bulb
i install car stereo for a living and it happened to me once
now i remove the panel in those vans without turning the key on to move the shifter so the bulbs aren't on when i yank on the dash panel
i had to get the bulb from the dealer