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Puff of smoke from steering column and now all of the dashboard indicators do not work, including speedometer, radio, and the overhead indicator which gives the outside temperature. This is a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. What are the repair costs for something like this?

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Hello bishoppar.

As with most electrical repairs this is almost impossible to tell you costs involved.
It will depend on where and how the short took place and how far the damage has extended.
If it is one wire shorted to ground it may not be as bad. But if one wire shorts into another it can damage several circuits.
In one case I have seen where a starter circuit shorted, burned into several others. This started a small fire in the engine compartment. The insurance wrote off the vehicle due to repair costs.
Most certainly this will not be the case in your situation, just an example of the variation.

You will need to trace the short and have it repaired.
A good tech should be looked for in the repair as it will save you in the long run.

If you would like further advise on this, please ask me in a comment here.
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