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The gauge cluster lights don't work !! HELP

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Hektor, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Jun 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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    Hektor

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    Any ideas guys?? The gauge cluster light wont work!! Everything else works fine my ac lights. radio and shifter lights work!!! Its just the cluster, Fuel and temp that wont illuminate any ideas?
     
  2. Jun 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM
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    The illumination lights or the warning lights?
     
  3. Jun 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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    Half LT dont count
    1st gen run on 194 bulbs (all plug and play) it probably burned out
     
  4. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    The illumination lights. The turning signals work .
     
  5. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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    How hard is it to replace them? Would be better to take it to te dealership?
     
  6. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM
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    Probably burnt bulbs like Rodger said. Also check to see if the dimmer is all the way up.
     
  7. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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    Don't you dare take it to the dealership lol...take the dash apart and remove he cluster...on the back I will see the small twistable prongs that hold the bulbs (4 I think it is) and swap the bulbs :thumbsup:

    ^^^this, have u checked the dimmer switch? I've had some people complain that their cluster doesnt work after a swap and their dimmer switch was all the way down :facepalm:
     
  8. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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    Yes i checked the dimmer. Also Im gonna check the gauge fuse.
     
  9. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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    If its only one section of the gauges then its not the fuse, unless the whole dash is out then ya it can be
     
  10. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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    It is the whole dash !!!! Fuse is fine tho. Hoe hard is to take the dash apart??
     
  11. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM
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    The 2nd gens are pretty easy, I heard the 1st gens are about the same
     
  12. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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    1. DISCONNECT CABLE FROM NEGATIVE BATTERY TERMINAL
    2. REMOVE FRONT FLOOR FOOTREST
    3. REMOVE FRONT DOOR SCUFF PLATE LH (for Regular Cab)
    4. REMOVE FRONT DOOR SCUFF PLATE LH (for Access Cab)
    5. REMOVE FRONT DOOR SCUFF PLATE LH (for Double Cab)
    6. REMOVE COWL SIDE TRIM BOARD LH (for Regular Cab)
    7. REMOVE COWL SIDE TRIM BOARD LH (for Access Cab)
    8. REMOVE COWL SIDE TRIM BOARD LH (for Double Cab)
    9. REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL UNDER TRAY (for Pedal Type Parking Brake)
    10. REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL HOLE COVER (for Lever Type Parking Brake)
    11. SEPARATE HOOD LOCK CONTROL LEVER SUB-ASSEMBLY
    12. REMOVE LOWER NO. 1 INSTRUMENT PANEL FINISH PANEL
    13. REMOVE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER FINISH PANEL SUB-ASSEMBLY
     
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    oops nevermind that is for a 2nd gen sorry don't have the first gen info
     
  15. Jun 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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    Dny worry thanks for trying to help. Does anyone has a how to remove the cluster on first gen??
     
  16. Jun 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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    Did you click the link I posted?
     
  17. Jun 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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    yes but its not working. Does look hard to removed it?
     
  18. Jun 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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  19. Jun 1, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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    He did say his climate control and radio lights are working fine. Don't know if the 01-04 is different than the 98-00 but on my 98 the dimmer controls all dash lights (gauges, climate, radio).

    Not hard at all.
     
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