How to Remove the Dashboard From a Toyota Tacoma

by Alibaster Smith

The Tacoma is a compact pickup truck made by Toyota. The truck was first introduced in 1995 and has gone through two generations of redesigns. Model years from 1995 to 2000 offered a 15-year rustproof warranty due to inadequate rustproofing from the factory. This doesn't mean that interior parts won't or don't need replacing over time. The sun does incredible damage to the interior of the Tacoma, especially if you chose the black interior for your truck. This eventually fades and cracks. At that point, you may want to consider removing the dashboard and replacing it with a new one.

Step 1

Pull the ashtray out. Push down on the metal retainer in the ashtray, and slide the tray all the way out to remove it.

Step 2

Wedge a screwdriver under the bezel around the radio and pry the bezel off.

Step 3

Remove the screw bolts on the driver and passenger sides of the dash. These screws are located on the ends of the dash and normally sit flush with the door when it is closed. You'll need to open the door to access these screw bolts.

Step 4

Remove the screw bolts on the driver's and passenger's side kick panel underneath the dash.

Step 5

Wedge the trim removal tool underneath the dash trim. Start on the driver's side. Pry up on the trim and work your way around the entire outside of the trim to pry up the dash.

Step 6

Slide the dash forward. Unplug the electrical connections running to the dash cluster assembly, as well as to the radio.

Step 7

Pull the dash out of the Tacoma through the driver or passenger side door.

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