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Help! How do I remove the ceiling console?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by MUDDA, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Nov 6, 2007 at 7:42 AM
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    MUDDA

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    I am one of those freaks who hates seeing wires all over my dash from accessories that are suctioned to my windshield, or any aftermarket wires at all for that matter. I even went to the trouble of routing my cell phone power cable to the center console to minimize wires in my cockpit. (BTW it is wonderful)

    THE POINT: I want to wire my radar detector up into the ceiling console and clean up the dash.

    THE PROBLEM: I can't get the dang thing off the ceiling! There is a screw in the sunglasses compartment, but removing it proved no help.

    THE PETITION: Anyone who knows how to get it off? Please let me know how the flip to do it.
     
  2. Nov 6, 2007 at 8:20 AM
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    PM user "pb2themax", he'd done it before when installing his Scangauge up there. I'm too lazy to look for the thread over on TN now.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2007 at 8:48 AM
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    If I recall correctly, from pb2themax's postings, after unscrewing the single screw in the sunglass holder, you pull the side near the windshield down and pop off some clips.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2007 at 3:05 PM
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    if you grab the console towards the front and pull it will come off. there are two clips, one on each side of the console. they will snap off and the console will come out. i had problems too when i wired my radar.
     
  5. Nov 6, 2007 at 9:13 PM
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    ROCK ON! Thanks Guys. It worked like a charm. It is clipped up there pretty tight and so I figured that it was attached to the carpet, but it poped right out. I gotta admit that it took a lot of guts to yank down on it that hard (OK, it was my friend, but still)

    For anyone else trying to do the same, the GREEN WIRE plugged into the compass is the one you want to splice into. it turns on with the key so it's not on all the time, only when it needs to be. My dash looks tons better now.
     
  6. Mar 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    I suspected something like this would happen if I tried this. I am such a moron....

    I bought some (stupid blue) LED lights to replace my stock map-lights. I removed the screw from the sunglass holder as per this thread, then pulled down on the console to remove it. Well, it came off, and then came the cursing/swearing part. :frusty:

    I learned that I CANNOT access the lights to replace them.

    First, because my SUNROOF switch WIRE is preventing the console from separating more than about 5 inches from the ceiling (and does NOT seem to be detachable).

    Second, because there is some sort of plastic DAM preventing the map-lights from being removed easily.

    WORSE YET and the PURPOSE of this POST, there must have been some sort of dettachable CLIPS that held the console in place to the ceiling. Now that THEY are gone, lost in the headliner in some impossible place to reach no doubt, my ceiling light console will NOT reattach to the ceiling. It is just hanging there by the electrical wires. So now what?? Off to the stealership for the $1000 clips? Anybody ever been here before?? Would it have been too much to ask that it just popped out and back in?? They HAD to add some sort of LOSABLE pieces?? :facepalm::help:
    Anyone??
     
  7. Mar 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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  8. Mar 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    Thank you for this, it is helpful!!

    I HOPE that you are NOT suggesting that I now REMOVE my headliner to find the two clips?! :eek: I KNOW I am NOT ready for that!

    I found these links very interesting. This guy did an EXCELLENT job. I SEE the CLIP that I am missing in his excellent photos of the detached console that I need to go and get from TOYOTA, thank you.

    My DC set-up is a bit different from this guy. There are NO hooks on the end of my maplight console closest to the truck box, but the plastic towers on the end closest to the front of the truck are similar to his.

    I see that this headliner-remover-guy is MISSING one of his two metal clips on one of HIS two plastic mounting towers, too. I may have to PM him and ask him what he did to fit the console back in place.

    Despite the excellent photos in this guy's links, his task is not specific to my issue. I can't figure out how to get those MAP-LIGHTS OUT of their position. I would still like to try my BLUE LEDs IF possible.

    I see that he ALSO has the same damn plastic DAMS as I have which prevent easy removal of the map lights. I am sure that TOYOTA service would just pry them out somehow, but if I try, I will likely break something.

    Anyone else willing to help a dimwit?
     
  9. Mar 31, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    I replaced my map lights a while ago. If I remember correctly, I removed the clear plastic lens (that you push on to turn on the light). Then I used a jewelers screwdriver to push the bulb out of the socket from the back.
     
  10. Apr 1, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    Finally realized this "simple" thing. Until I found this info on TACOMAWORLD, I was apprehensive about forcing those map light lenses out. Thanks gents!

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/148746-lexen-blue-led-map-light.html
     
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