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I have a 2011 corolla displaying signs of either a loose or about to be bad lightbulb for the gearshift. I have tried to youtube a video just to see what it takes in the 2011 to change it. I had a 2005 corolla that i could take the interior apart in my sleep but i dont want to break anything on this one. Does anyone know if i would have to pull the entire center console or just the two trim pieces and the cover.

Secondly,has anyone put in a backup camera mirror in a 2011? if so how difficult was it. Im looking to put one in and want to get a gauge on the difficulty before i commit.


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Hi - I just started putting a backup camera (and auto-dimming) mirror in my 2011 Corolla. So far, I've installed the mirror and run the wires down below the dash. Tomorrow I am going to test it thoroughly before I finish the wiring. If you want more info on how I did it. let me know.
 

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I finished the project and it does work okay. Only issue I really don't like is that the mirror is heavy and it shakes a bit when the car is idling - far more than the OEM mirror. Another issue I had was mirror reflection glare on the mirror when the camera screen is active in backup mode. The mirror is a reflector and really doesn't make a good location for a backup camera screen - but is better than not having a backup screen at all. It does work. I cut down some of the glare by having the rear window tinted a little darker.
The mirror I used came from Amazon.com and is "BOYO VTM43TCA." For the mirror signal wire, I tapped into the reverse light wire at the kick panel (it's a small red wire on the bottom of the wire bundle that goes from the kick panel towards the back of the car along the door jam. I used an existing ground point under the dash for the mirror ground connection. There's a third wire from the mirror that goes to Accessory power. The mirror wire goes down the driver side A pillar. I figured out how to remove that pillar, so I was able to run my wires right along side the existing wiring that goes in that location.
For the camera, I got a tiny CCD camera from ebay. A CCD camera will normally produce a better picture than a CMOS camera. It's fastened in the middle right under the chrome trim that goes across the trunk lid. It is attached using two screws that go into that plastic part under the bottom edge where it's mostly hidden. I ran the camera wiring under that chrome trim and then into one of the license plate light holes (I cut a notch into the clear plastic lens then sealed around it with RTV sealant). From there, the power wires are connected right next to the actual reverse light that is in the trunk lid. The signal wires were run along the left side floor of the car where a wire bundle is. If you pull off the plastic trim between the pillars, you'll see the wire bundle - I just ty-wrapped my wires to that bundle all the way from the trunk to the kick panel.
 
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