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Climate control face removal?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hektor, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM
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    Hektor

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    Hi guys I need to replace a bulb from my climate control dash. I have a question what tool do I need to remove the climate control face any tips?? I dont want to break anything thats why I ask. Any help will be much appreciate it.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:27 AM
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    I use a screwdriver and pry gently behind the edges after you take the knobs off.
     
  3. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    Cool so its not tht hard at all?
     
  4. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    I tried with a flat head screwdriver and and allen wrench, i felt like i was going to break it. particularly in the upper left corner, that part wouldn't release, then i found a hooked pick tool, snuck it up and back into the corner and it popped out easy.

    Looked something like this.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    Hektor

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    Thanks you Sir I'lI be heading to wally world to pick up that tool.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    x2 screwdriver worked on mine, it popped off pretty easy when I changed out the stereo.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    Are you sure it is not just module? Mine has a different bulb go out all the time and you tap the module and they come back on. I have checked the connections and everything but cannot seem to track down the problem. Anybody else have this issue?
     
  8. Dec 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    I believe its the bulb since its only the bulb at illuminates the ac speed control, the other two controls light up no problems there.
     
  9. Dec 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    Look at build!
    I just put my fingers in the hole thats behind the knobs and it just pops out...no tools needed, its pretty forgiving and i doubt it will break just make sure you pull evenly on each side
     
  10. Dec 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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    Mmmm really I might have to give it a shot. As far as breaking someone mention tabs that hold it might break?? That is what worries me.
     
  11. Dec 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    Yes, my middle knob light and whatever else is connected to it comes on intermittently. Annoying and can't find a rhyme or reason behind why it does what it does.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2011 at 11:06 AM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    I've popped mine off several times without breaking, even being a little rough on it. Now mine comes out just with my fingers, like someone else mentioned. No tabs broken, though.
     
  13. Dec 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    Look at build!
    I dont remember seeing any tabs back there and if there are any then id say i havent broken any while pulling on it pretty hard.... and it always goes back on the way it came off and isnt loose or anything so id say you will be fine.
     
  14. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    Not sure what year Tacoma you have, Hektor, but mine came apart pretty easily when I installed my stereo. The only word of caution I'd offer is that the knobs each had a small, semi-circular metal "sleeve" required to hold it them on the control shafts. Without the sleeves between the knobs and shafts, the knobs would would fall off. Two of my sleeves remained in place, while the third fell off when I removed the knob. Luckily, I saw it go and quickly retrieved it...
     
  15. Dec 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    Thanks for the heads up, btw I have a 2003 did you used the hook tool as well?
     
  16. Dec 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM
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    A small, flathead screwdriver worked for me, but I did proceed carefully...
     
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    same here... piece of cake
     
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    I just use my leatherman. It seems like the perfect interior modification tool...especially on the fly since it's always on my belt.
     
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