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2004 Tacoma instrument panel light bulb replacement?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mdortona, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Jul 1, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    mdortona

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    Ok what is the secret? Do I need to rip out the whole dash to get to the right most light bulb that illuminates the gas gauge and and right side of the speedometer?
     
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    So, Mike, I'm a new member and can't find if you got an answer to your question. Do I have to take the whole dash apart to replace the light behind my gas gauge?

    Joe
     
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    Thanks, I saw the two screws and took them out, but I stopped after taking them out because it looked like I then needed to take the panel light dimmer dial off and unscrew the ring that holds it before I could pull the bezel trim. I didn't want to get in too deep doing this because I can live without replacing the light, but didn't want to get stuff with a half dismantled dash. So, my choice is to keep going or forget the whole thing. Maybe its just not worth the trouble. Thanks anyway.
     
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    The links shown on this thread that shows how to remove/replace dashboard and everything else is out of date.
    Does anyone have an active link which shows the process.

    Also, love the blue superbright bulbs. Any down side to putting them in instead of the OEM lights?

    Thanks...cool site...first visit/post.
     
  7. Sep 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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    Do you remember what model number that was from superbrightleds.com?
    They seem to have a lot of different options. I've got a bulb out on the right side of the panel by the fuel guage on an 04.
     
  8. Feb 9, 2017 at 3:54 PM
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    is it the same for the check engine light and those all of my speedometer and gas gauge lights work but not the check engine light and battery... thanks
     
  9. Feb 9, 2017 at 4:13 PM
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    01 - 04 Tacoma LED bulbs as follows: Instrument Panel 4 - #194's. HVAC Area 3 - Neox Wedge 4mm. Glove box, auto gear shift letters, ashtray, 3-4 #74 LED. All blue. It says instrument panel on the Neo Wedge LED's but it's not, on the 01-04 Tacomas. Maybe on an earlier year, not sure. I have an 04 Tacoma and these all worked in the areas I said for my truck

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    2004 tacoma. All of my back light on my gauges went out but my check engine, fuel and all of the small ones still work. So I replaced my 194 bulbs with just regular 194 bulbs. I hooked everything back up and still no joy. Any ideas? I plan to take it apart tomorrow unplug and replug everything again.
     
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    Soooo. .... I’m going to have to replace mine. The right side instrument gauges just died.

    A couple of questions

    1: does the above list by Sictoyta04 include the bulbs for the diff lock and ECT on the lower left side.
    2: if I use LEDs will the dimmer still work.
    3: are LEDs lasting? I don’t want to have this be an annual event. I’ll stick with OEM if they will last 5+ years

    Thanks
     
  13. Nov 5, 2017 at 12:35 PM
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    1.Not the diff lock or ECT.
    2.Yes, they're dimmable
    3.LEDs are suppose to last longer. You'll get a bad one every once in awhile. I just make sure to buy the good ones. Not the ones that are 30 for $10. Even though they all come from China I'm sure.
    Other people will chime in and give their opinions. I'm sure they'll know the bulb#'s you're looking for.
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  14. Nov 12, 2017 at 5:33 PM
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    I just did the Superbright LED in cool blue on the 4 main bulbs in the cluster and the low fuel bulb.
    Now the Cruise, ECT and low fuel don't illuminate. Is it possible that the one bulb for the low fuel is incompatible with the ECT, Cruise, and thus makes none of them work? They all worked before. I have a nice cool blue lit dash now and wanted to leave the other bulbs stock for better warning capability.
    Photo is of the main light bulbs illuminated only.

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    Sicyota if I'm going back stock then I'd assume the numbers still apply just not LED's am I correct? The 2 furthest left are out and I have to change them. I'll watch the video here someone posted and see if it still works.
     
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    Just did mine. I stuck with orange, just kinda like it. A couple thought for the next guy

    1. LEDs are brighter. You can dim them but only to a certain point. I like my dash lights pretty low
    2. If you are doing your air control knobs get one white NEOx 4mm even if you change the color of the rest or stick with orange. The colors for the air temp are a plastic blue, orange and red. The white will keep the colors


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  17. Jan 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM
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    When I changed my HVAC bulbs, I had to get a HVAC Unit out of a 3rd gen 4Runner since the Tacoma faceplate has that orange film behind it which blocks the other colored LED's from shining through. You won't get a true blue or white color shining through if the orange film is blocking it.
     
  18. Jan 30, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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    Yeah I'll just go back with stock bulbs as well. I just hope I don't have to take half the dash down to change them
     
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  19. Jan 30, 2018 at 1:11 PM
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    yeah I'll likely stick with stock ones. I just hope I don't have to take half the dash down to change them
     

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