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Hello.

The indicator light on my gear shift that illuminates the P, R, N, D,
etc has burned out, and I'd like to replace it. Can someone please tell
me how to access it?

Thanks,

John
 
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If all the instrument lights are out then you might want to check the
fuse first. The instrument cluster bezel has a few screws to hold it,
remove those, carefully pull the bezel out (you may want to pad the
steering column), then remove the screws for the cluster and pull that
out.

Always disconnect the battery and wait 3 minutes to disable SRS.
Autozone's free online guide has some diagrams for the more complex 96
generation, but it should give you some ideas. Check your local Pep
Boys for 99's Haynes manuals.

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBroker?ForwardPage=/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/13/f2/01/0900823d8013f201.jsp


John wrote:
> Hello.
>
> The indicator light on my gear shift that illuminates the P, R, N, D,
> etc has burned out, and I'd like to replace it. Can someone please tell
> me how to access it?
>
> Thanks,
>
> John
 
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John wrote:
> Hello.
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> The indicator light on my gear shift that illuminates the P, R, N, D,
> etc has burned out

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If you mean the cover near the shift lever, you should be able to pry
up carefully at the corner to remove.
 
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Daniel wrote:
> John wrote:
>> Hello.
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>> The indicator light on my gear shift that illuminates the P, R, N, D,
>> etc has burned out

> ========
> If you mean the cover near the shift lever, you should be able to pry
> up carefully at the corner to remove.
>



Well, I managed to get at it yesterday. I can see why the dealer wanted
to charge $100 to replace the bulb (which only costs $1.59 after tax) -
it's about an hour's worth of work for someone who actually knows what
they're doing. Since I had no clue what I was doing, it took me about 3
hours. It's most definitely NOT a simple matter of prying up a cover and
replacing the bulb - you have to remove one part to get at another,
which you then have to remove to get at another, etc. Then once you
finally have access to where the bulb is, it's a chore actually getting
it out because most adult hands simply will not fit in there to be able
to pull it out or unscrew it.

Of course, the fact that I dropped a screwdriver bit way down deep into
the console didn't help matters :)
 

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Hi John,
Could you please explain more details about changing this light bulb? I also has the same problem. Besides, the gear shift cover is very hard to pry up. I am afraid that I might break it if I don't do carefully. Thank you so much. ^_^
 

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Getting at the bulb on a Gen4 shifter

I just switched mine out yesterday heres a link to some detailed instructions:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t100756.html

Just go slow and understand what you are unclipping, I switched my bulb out and it took almost 2 hours, but I tried to leave the bracket on the shifter plate, and nobody (short of a 7 year old girl) has hands small enough to get the bulb & socket back in place that way! Now I could switch it out in 20 minutes or less.

Blilix- the secret to that cover is a nylon pry tool or a well taped up standard screwdriver. The clips are at the 2 back corners and one on each side approximately even with the shifter when it is in park.
Hope this helps.
 
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where did u buy the bulb?

i want a blue one if thats possible.
 

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It sure sounds complicated, almost not even worth the effort and risk of breaking something. Not mentioning the frustration of not being able to remove the bulb after all the work to get to it. Anyways, their is a indicator in the cluster and I look at it at night when I can't see the one on the shifter.
 
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