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How to Replace the Bulb in a Toyota Tacoma Dash

by James Melzer

The light bulbs in a Toyota Tacoma dashboard let you see the instrument panel while you are driving at night. Each part of the dashboard, from the radio to the instrument cluster, has its own bulb that will need to be replaced when it is burned out. A 1.2 watt light bulb will do the job. You can replace the burned out bulb with a new one in the Toyota Tacoma's dashboard in a few simple steps.

Step 1

Open the hood. Loosen the nut holding the black cable to the battery's negative terminal. Disconnect the black cable.

Step 2

Remove the panel trim on the dashboard surrounding the part of the device that has the burned out bulb with a flat trim stick.

Step 3

Use a Phillips head screwdriver or a wrench to remove the mounting fasteners for the device. Pull it out of the dashboard. The type of tool you use depends on the device being removed. The radio takes a wrench, and the instrument cluster takes a Phillips head screwdriver.

Step 4

Remove the burned out bulb from the back of device by screwing it counterclockwise, or pulling it straight out, depending on the device. Insert the 1.2 watt replacement bulb.

Step 5

Reattach the device with the mounting fasteners and put it back in the dashboard. Reattach the panel trim.

Reconnect the black cable to the battery's negative terminal and tighten the bolt with a wrench.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Flat trim stick
  • 1.2 watt replacement bulb

About the Author

James Melzer began writing professionally in 2008. He is a novelist and freelance writer from Toronto, Canada. His feature writing has appeared on Digigasms and his journalistic work has appeared on Robodustrial. Melzer holds a degree in radio broadcasting from Loyalist College.

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