: 1996 Camry LE
I recently changed my light bulbs around the Climate Control area. I documented my experience...and decided to do a write up! Hope this will be beneficial to some of you.
I am not an expert...me and toyotanation.com will not be held responsible for any problems that you experience if you follow this guide!!
So this is the area that didn't have any illumination at night:
First, disconnect the negative battery cable. This is important to ensure that the air bags don't deploy on you. After battery is disconnected, wait at least 2 minutes before starting work:
Next, lower the steering column as much as possible:
There are two Philips screws holding the top part of the instrument cluster:
A regular screwdriver wouldn't fit properly:
...so I used a mini-screwdriver:
Once you get these two top screws out, let's have an overview of where the clips are located:
First, we'll take off the "U" shape plastic by the radio. I put some tape on a flat-head screwdriver:
Once you get the two clips disengaged, the top part of the U shape is beveled, it slides in on to the instrument cluster. So to completely remove the U shape plastic, you need to twist it upward and slightly push down:
Now you will see two screws holding the instrument cluster. Remove these two screws:
Now go back to the steering wheel and remove the dimmer cap. I had to use a plier with rag because it was really stuck on there. The dimmer cap just pulls straight off:
Now you will see a 12mm nut that hold the dimmer switch against the cluster. Remove this nut and DON'T LOOSE IT!!
Now start gently
prying the cluster:
The cluster should pop off at this time:
Disconnect the clock and hazard warning lights connectors:
For the clock, you need to press in on the tab and then pull the connector off:
Next, go back to the driver's side and disconnect the dimmer mirror control cable:
And then take out the cluster:
When you are taking the cluster out, be careful not to damage the air vents:
Now, go back to the climate control and you will see 4 Philips screws that have been revealed:
Remove the 4 screws:
Pull off the dials. Mine were really stuck, so once again I had to use pliers:
Put the dials and the 4 screws in one location:
Behind the temperature dial, you will see a screw that holds the temperature assembly against the climate control cluster. Remove the screw and unclip the temperature assembly:
Once you did that, now you will be able to pull the climate control cluster a little bit forward....
The top cover of the climate control cluster is held on by several clips. Here is a diagram I made:
Now, take a small flat-head screwdriver and pry the 4 clips at the top of the cluster:
There is a fifth clip by the corner:
The top part of the climate control cluster should come off. You will see two green bulbs:
To take them out, all you have to do is turn them 90 degrees and pull them out:
These are small, wedge bulbs...they just pull out of their connector:
Here is the outer cover..notice the transparent plastic that directs the lights:
Installation is reverse of what you just did above
Hope it's helpful!!