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Old 07-02-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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2004 Tacoma - Gear Shifter Console Won't Light Up

Does anyone have the drawing that shows how to remove the console in order to replace the light bulb that illuminates the gear letters on the console? For the shifter, the P (Park), R (Reverse)...etc.

It won't light up. I appreciate it. Written instructions or a drawing from the manual would be great if anyone has those handy.

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Old 07-02-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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Does anyone have the drawing that shows how to remove the console in order to replace the light bulb that illuminates the gear letters on the console? For the shifter, the P (Park), R (Reverse)...etc.

It won't light up. I appreciate it. A manual transmission would be great if anyone has one handy.

Thanks.
Fixed it for you
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:04 PM   #3
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Taco302 - I'm not sure what you mean. You fixed what for me?
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Taco302 - I'm not sure what you mean. You fixed what for me?
He's being a smartass by saying you should get a 5-speed.

As for replacing the bulb, I'd imagine it's the same steps to remove the console as it is for my 5-speed.

Unscrew the shifter knob.

There are two screws at the front of the trim piece around your shifter and two screws at the rear. Lift up and forward at the same time. Underneath there you should be able to figure out how to change the bulb.

Honestly, I've never seen under an automatic so I have no idea.
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Does anyone have the drawing that shows how to remove the console in order to replace the light bulb that illuminates the gear letters on the console? For the shifter, the P (Park), R (Reverse)...etc.

It won't light up. I appreciate it. Written instructions or a drawing from the manual would be great if anyone has those handy.

Thanks.
My dads 2004 has the same problem lol. Maybe someone can help.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:28 PM   #6
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Wow!
It has a light?
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I haven't tried this yet but it might work (post #2 by Fuzzyman81):

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...t-console.html

I'm not sure if you can remove the plastic trim around the gear shift lever without removing the cup holders and armrest? If you do need to remove the cup holders and armrest, follow the link below (I did this when I replaced my cup holder tabs):

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...placement.html
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #10
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You can remove the shifter console without taking the cup holder/center console out. First take off the shifter knob, if you have 4wd. Then undo the 4screws, 2 on each side.
Lift up from the bottom of the console and pull the back end out.
Then you can remove the console.
You should see the bulb, just twist it out.
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camptaco01 - thanks for clearing that up!
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Hey since we're on this subject... I have a 5spd and have my center console removed. So I just got the plastic attached below the shift knob. Anyways, after mytruck runs for a good while I got hot air coming into the cab from the gap right below the shifter. I'm thinking I must be missing some sorta boot or kind of insulation pieceto keep the air coming in. Can anyone snap some pics of ur manny shifter dissected like what camptaco did? So I can compare. Thanks!
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Hey since we're on this subject... I have a 5spd and have my center console removed. So I just got the plastic attached below the shift knob. Anyways, after mytruck runs for a good while I got hot air coming into the cab from the gap right below the shifter. I'm thinking I must be missing some sorta boot or kind of insulation pieceto keep the air coming in. Can anyone snap some pics of ur manny shifter dissected like what camptaco did? So I can compare. Thanks!
It'd be easier to take a pic of your set up to see if you're missing anything.

You should have rubber boots under the fake leather shifter boots.

Like these guys:

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[QUOTE=Madjik_Man;8865285]It'd be easier to take a pic of your set up to see if you're missing anything.

You should have rubber boots under the fake leather shifter boots.

Like these guys:

Yeah ill snap some pics soon as I get home from work. Did you take your pleather material off just to take the pic? I know I do have the boots. But what I'm referring to is even below the boots. I think that's where I got air comin in from. And ill tell you, its freaking hot air. Seems like its the hot air that's blowing right off from the headers. It most likely is.
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Hey since we're on this subject... I have a 5spd and have my center console removed. So I just got the plastic attached below the shift knob. Anyways, after mytruck runs for a good while I got hot air coming into the cab from the gap right below the shifter. I'm thinking I must be missing some sorta boot or kind of insulation pieceto keep the air coming in. Can anyone snap some pics of ur manny shifter dissected like what camptaco did? So I can compare. Thanks!
There should be a solid metal plate with boots that mount to the truck body. The pleather assy goes over that.
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My shifter light was out too. Or it would turn on and off whenever it felt like it, but was mostly off. One day, I took apart the console to try to fix my rattling shifter. After playing with the shifter a bit, I buttoned everything up. Suddenly, my shifter light always works now. Must have been a loose connection and I accidentally fixed īt.
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Anybody see anything wrong that would be allowing all the hot air to enter the cab? I ended up taking it all apart as you can see in the pictures. and ended up leaving it without the pleather(like how Madjik Man has it). I screwed down the 4 metal plate crews really really tight to see if hopefully that fixes the issue.






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