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Old 05-01-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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2005 Toyota Tacoma HVAC dash lights burned out

I have a 2005 toyota tacoma and just recently the dash lights that illumintae the HVAC controls on the fan selection went out. Not the bulbs that illumintae the fan speed or temperature, but the ones that illuminate which direction the fan blows. For example like the defroster, feet, and face selection button.

I was tryin to look around the dash to take it apart but couldnt find any screws anywhere near there to take it apart or in the glovebox . Has anyone ever replaced this bulb before on there 2005+ tacoma? If so, how did you go about taking the dash apart and changing the light bulbs?

I desperately need this fixed because its so dark at night time without the light on that part of the dash that i have to use the light from my cell phone just to illuminate it, which is very dangerous. Especially on dark two lane coutry roads while towing my trailer with all my equipment.
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The whole hvac unit is a press in, meaning if you slide a butter knife or some other dull flat surface under it, it should just pop out. As far as the lights go, there is only actually 2 lights that illuminate all of the orange background. So once you pop out the unit, you'll have access to the twist in bulbs that are there.
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The whole hvac unit is a press in, meaning if you slide a butter knife or some other dull flat surface under it, it should just pop out. As far as the lights go, there is only actually 2 lights that illuminate all of the orange background. So once you pop out the unit, you'll have access to the twist in bulbs that are there.
I was able to take it out. I took out the black plastic piece under the a/c vent and reached into the dash and popped it out. Once I popped it out I took off the silver piece that surrounds the dials. But when I tried to take the white piece off the back of the dials by unscrewing them to get to the lights I wasn't able to undue the four tabs that hold them together. Even after I broke 2 of the tabs that hold them together. Is there anyway I can get to the lights without removing the back white plastic piece?
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I was able to take it out. I took out the black plastic piece under the a/c vent and reached into the dash and popped it out. Once I popped it out I took off the silver piece that surrounds the dials. But when I tried to take the white piece off the back of the dials by unscrewing them to get to the lights I wasn't able to undue the four tabs that hold them together. Even after I broke 2 of the tabs that hold them together. Is there anyway I can get to the lights without removing the back white plastic piece?
There are two bulbs that light it. there is no need to take the climate controls apart to get them out. you can see two round things on the back with a slot in it for a screwdriver. twist them with a screwdriver and they come right out.
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