Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Instrument Panel and Pad

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Always apply protection tape to the body adjacent to the component when removing or installing. When prying off the body components with a screwdriver or scraper, etc. be sure to apply protection tape to the tip of the blade to prevent damage to the component or paint. This will not be a sure way to keep the component from being damaged. Careful use of a tool in this matter is necessary. There are tools specifically made to remove trim pieces of a vehicle that can be purchased at your local parts store.



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Fig. If a special trim removal tool is not accessible, tape the end of the prytool and use with care



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Fig. A magnetic pick-up tool will help if you drop any small screws



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Fig. Clip types and removal suggestions



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Fig. Clip types and removal suggestions-continued



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Fig. A flexible flashlight can be used to spot screws and bolts up under the dash

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
  1. Turn the ignition key to the OFF position. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds from the time the negative battery was disconnected to start work.
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Fig. Exploded view of the instrument panel and related components-1993-96 models



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Fig. Exploded view of the instrument panel and related components-1993-96 models continued


CAUTION
Some models covered by this guide may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in CHASSIS ELECTRICAL .

  1. Remove the front pillar garnish. on sedans, remove the clips by hand. On Wagons, pull the garnish rearwards to remove it. And on the coupe models, the rear garnish must be removed before the front pillar garnish.
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Fig. Various types of instrument panel bolts-1993-96 models

  1. Unscrew and remove the scuff plates from the inner door wells.
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  3. Remove the front door opening cover by pulling on it.
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  5. Slide the hood lock lever forwards and remove it.
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  7. Remove the clip and the cowl side trim by pulling on it.
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  9. Remove the steering wheel.
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  11. Unsecure the upper console panel, make sure to tape the end of the tool prior to removal.
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  13. Remove the 2 bolts and 2 screws to extract the rear console box.
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  15. Press on the sides of the coin box while pulling it outwards to remove.
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  17. Remove the 2 screws and the coin bezel, then remove the 4 bolts, the screw and lower instrument panel pad.
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  19. Remove the combination switch.
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  21. Pull out the under cover No. 2.
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  23. Remove the instrument lower panel.
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  25. Remove the front lower console box.
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  27. Remove the glove box door. Remove the door box compartment finish plate inside the instrument panel box. Pull up on the airbag connector and disconnect it.
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NOTE
When handling the airbag connector, take care not to damage the wiring harness.

  1. Remove the compartment assembly screws and extract the unit from the dash.
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  3. Remove the center cluster finish panel, when extracting the panel remember there is wiring behind needed to be disconnected.
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  5. Unscrew and extract the No. 1 and No. 2 registers.
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  7. Remove the radio form the dash.
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  9. Remove the combination meter.
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  11. Pull out the heater control knobs. Remove the 5 screws and hang the heater control out of the way. Disconnect the air mix damper control cable. Remove the heater control.
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  13. Remove the clip and the No. 1 register No. 2.
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  15. On the passengers side airbag, remove the left side installation bolt. Remove the 5 bolts and 2 clips.
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CAUTION
Do not store the air bag assembly with the airbag door facing down. Never disassemble the airbag assembly.

  1. Remove the No. 2 side defroster nozzle.
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  3. When removing the instrument panel, disconnect the wiring, then remove the connector holder. Detach any other wiring in the area, then remove the mounting bolts and nuts. Extract the panel from the dash. Remove the heater duct and register for the No. 4 and 5.
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Fig. Unscrew the center cluster finish panel from around the instrument panel



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Fig. Pull the finish panel away from the dash

To install:

  1. Attach the instrument panel wiring to the appropriate harnesses. Place the panel into position and tighten the bolts and nuts to 69 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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  3. Attach the No. 2 side defroster nozzle.
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  5. Attach the passengers side airbag. Refer to the airbag precautions in Fuel System . Tighten the bolts to the following:
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  7. 8mm bolts-15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm)
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  9. 6mm bolts-69 inch lbs. (8 Nm)
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  11. Left side installation bolt-69 inch lbs. (8 Nm)
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  13. Attach the No. 2 heater duct register.
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  15. Install the heater control assembly, combination meter and radio.
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  17. Install and secure the No. 1 and No. 2 heater duct registers.
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  19. Install the cluster finish panel, and the center cluster finish panel.
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  21. Install the glove box compartment and attach the door.
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  23. Install the front console box and lower instrument panel. Position the no. 2 under cover and secure into position.
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  25. Install the combination switch.
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  27. Position the instrument panel lower pad and secure the mounting bolts. Insert he coin box.
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  29. Install the rear console box and upper console panel secure.
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  31. Attach the steering column cover and steering wheel. Install the drivers side air bag. Refer to Steering Wheel Removal and Installation in Section 8.
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  33. Install all of the remaining components in the reverse order. Make sure all components are secure.
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  35. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  37. Reset all of the electrical components such as radio and clock.
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