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Re: how do i remove the gauge cluster of a toyota corolla...
Have you removed the steering wheel cowling ? if not do this as may be another couple of screws there, if you have you have to gently wiggle it as far forward as you can so you can get your fingers behind it and release the speedo cable as it is usually this that is holding back these older car dash's
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remove the two screws on top of the bezel pull the bezel out then remove the four screws holding the cluster then remove the wire harness that is plugged into the cluster and the lights are the big green tabs on the back of the cluster panel
This is what it looks like to replace it....you decide on what your level of mechanical knowledge is. I hope this helps you!
Removal & Installation
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the lower instrument cluster cover as follows:
Remove the steering wheel. Refer to Section 8.
Remove the 2 column cover screws and the cover.
Remove the 9 cluster module mounting screws.
Carefully pull the cluster module outward and disconnect the electrical connectors.
Remove the ignition switch illumination bulb and remove the cluster module.
Loosen the 2 cover hinge screws and the 6 upper cluster cover screws. Remove the cover.
Remove the lower cluster cover panel.
Remove the lap duct and the defrost duct.
Remove the mounting nuts from the hinge bracket.
Remove the steering column upper mounting bolts/nuts and allow the steering column to hang down.
Remove the screw securing the ignition switch to the ignition switch housing.
Disconnect the 4 ignition switch snap connectors located to the left of the steering column.
Remove the protective looming from the ignition switch wires.
Note the position of each wire in the 4-terminal connector for installation reference. Disconnect the 2 wires (green wire and red wire/orange tracer) of the key-in warning buzzer at the 4-terminal connector by disengaging the tang with a paperclip or other suitable tool.
Connect the 2 wires of the key-in warning buzzer to the 4-terminal connector as follows:
Align the flat side of the wire end with the grooved portion of the connector.
Push the wire into the connector until the locking tang engages the end of the wire.
Install the protective looming around the ignition switch wires.
Connect the 4 snap electrical connectors of the ignition switch to their mating connectors, pushing together until the locking tangs are in place.
Install the ignition switch into the switch housing and secure it with the screw.
Raise the steering column into position. Install the upper bracket bolts and tighten to 12-17 ft. lbs. (16-23 Nm).
Install the cluster support nuts and tighten to 6.5-10 ft. lbs. (8.8-14 Nm). Install the hinge bracket nuts and tighten to 12-17 ft. lbs. (16-23 Nm).
Install the lap duct and defroster duct.
Install the lower cluster cover panel and the cluster cover.
Install the ignition switch illumination bulb. Connect the electrical connectors and install the cluster module with the attaching screws.
Install the column cover and the steering wheel.
Connect the negative battery cable and check ignition switch operation.
Ignition switch removal and installation—1989 Probe
Just remove the 4 screws and then slowly pull the cluster out and reach behind and disconnect the plugs on the back of the unit and then remove the cluster. The bulbs can be removed by turning them and pulling out.
Difficult to explain step by step. You need yo remove the instrument cluster. If youre technically minded its not very hard, start by loosening the Phillip"s head screws that is visible on the panel directly under the instrument cluster, give it a try!
remove outer panel, usually two screws above and snap clips below. When it's out of the way, the gauge cluster should be easily removed by then- usually two screws on either side, just check for other screws to make sure. You will need to pull out the wiring sockets behind the gauge cluster (this could be a tight reach). Once it has been freed, you can remove the transparent cover. Hope this helps.
There is a plastic garnish surrounding the instrument cluster held in by 2 philips head screws. remove the screws and gently pry the garnish from top first then sides then it should pull out.
Then remove the 3 screws holding the cluster in place (2 bottom 1 top). Once that is done gently flip the cluster bottom up and pull out some to expose the wiring harness. Remove the 3 connectors from the back and then the cluster will pull out.
There are 3 bulbs that control the overall lighting of the cluster. They are spaced about every third across the rear of the cluster. They are the larger Green knobs. Remove the 3 large green knobs and replace the bulbs with the appropriate size. You can call your local parts store to find out the size.
Its a 5 minute job and does not require the entire removal of the dash board.
Using a short phillips screwdriver, remove the 3 screws that holds the fascia over the plastic inst panel lens. Pull this fascia towards you, and remove it from the dash. With the fascia out of the way, you will see 4 screws holding the instrument cluster to the instrument panel. Remove the 4 screws. Pull the instrument pod towards you, and, working behind the pod, disengage all of the wire connectors behind the pod. When all of the wire connectors are removed, take the pod from the dash, and look at the back side; the bulbs are accessible there. The bulbs are not special; hope this helps, and THANK YOU for choosing FixYA!