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Freaking spider INSIDE my odometer!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Beater_Bimmer, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:13 PM
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    Beater_Bimmer

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    Hi guys,

    I purchased my truck recently and after a bit of driving and the light hitting it just right, I noticed a freaking dead spider in the corner of my odometer housing under the plexiglass (argh)!

    Now that I've noticed it, it drives me crazy. What's the best way to get this guy out and off to the spider cemetery? I'm assuming taking apart my whole dash and the odometer housing will be a pain in the butt. Are there instructions anywhere that cover this?

    Check it out:

    IMG_4469.jpg
     
  2. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:15 PM
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    Crow_of_judgement

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    How in tf do yall get creepy crawlies in your gauge cluster?

    This is a fairly common issue on here.
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:17 PM
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    Your gas light is on
     
  4. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:22 PM
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    Beater_Bimmer

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    Haha, don't know, ask the spider?

    Your battery charge level is low.
     
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  5. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:23 PM
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    Touché, Spider-Man
     
  6. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:23 PM
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    Take the cluster out and pull the clear cover off. It's a fairly quick process even though it seems like a huge task
     
  7. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:09 AM
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    Just watch out for the live spiders
     
  8. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:28 AM
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    Stuff, things, this, and that
    Shop vac and try to get a decent seal around the hose stick over the odo reset pin where there’s a small gap. Did it in an old vehicle I had with a dead spider worked like a charm.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:34 AM
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    This sounds like a job for Billy the Exterminator.
     
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    If you do this be careful. The plastic scratches easily.
     
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  11. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:37 AM
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    I used silly puddy as a gasket no scratches
     
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  12. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:38 AM
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    I’ve done it a few times, shouldn’t take you a few minutes. Here’s a step-by-step.

    1. Remove Lower Dash Valence, should be a few 10mm bolts and a few screws. Use a deep socket.
    2. Remove the screws from the instrument cluster surround, roughly three or four.
    3. Tilt the steering wheel all the way down.
    4. Remove the HVAC controls, and the screws that hold the center console stack to the dash. There will be a few behind the HVAC trim and a few below the radio.
    5. Pull the center control stack out, but don’t remove it.
    6. Pull on the instrument cluster surround until it comes out. Remove the buttons with some friction clips.
    7. Unscrew the instrument cluster from the dash with a few Phillips screws.
    8. Unplug the three dash harness connectors by pushing down and pulling on the friction clips.
    9. Use a flathead screwdriver to push in the friction clips that hold the Plexiglass lens and backing together and pull each half off.
    10. Remove Spider
     
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    11. Take spider to spider cemetery.
     
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    Scrap it.
     
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    You comifornia folks got a spider problem?
     
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    Dibs
     
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    Deal. I want the spider though.




    For research...
     
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    Done. I'd prefer you not scratch my gauge cluster recovering Said spider
     
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    Dont let ColoradoTJ see this...
     
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    Haha I actually LOL'ed at that.

    Owning 3 tacomas I can appreciate a good cluster class reference
     
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