Toyota Celica, Corolla, ECHO & MR2 1999-05

Instrument Panel, Pad, and Dashboard

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Instrument Panel



Removal & Installation
  1. Disconnect the battery terminal.
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  3. Make sure the front wheels are facing straight ahead.
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  5. Remove the steering pad.
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  7. Remove the steering wheel.
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  9. Remove the clip and seven claws holding down the meter hood assembly.
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  11. Using a molding remover, disengage the 4 claws, then remove the instrument panel register assembly.
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  13. For a manual transmission, remove the shift level knob by unscrewing counterclockwise.
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  15. Using a screwdriver, disengage the 6 claws on the upper console panel.
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  17. Remove the heater control knob.
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  19. Remove the screws and the instrument cluster and finish panel.
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  21. Disconnect the connectors.

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    Fig. Removal and installation of the instrument panel

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To install:

  1. Connect the electrical connections.
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  3. Replace the instrument panel.
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  5. Replace the upper console panel.
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  7. Replace the heater control knob.
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  9. Replace the shift knob.
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  11. Replace the instrument panel register.
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  13. Replace the meter hood assembly.
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  15. Replace the steering pad and wheel.
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  17. Reconnect the battery and check for proper function.
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Removal & Installation



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. Clip types and removal suggestions



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Fig. Clip types and removal suggestions-continued

  1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK 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



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



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Fig. Instrument panel screw, nut and bolt types


CAUTION
All models are 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 Section 6.

  1. Remove the front pillar garnishes and the scuff plates from the inner door wells.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to the procedure in Section 8.
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  5. Unscrew and remove the cowl side trim boards and steering column cover.
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  7. Unsecure the upper console panel, make sure to tape the end of the tool prior to removal.
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Fig. Be careful of the clips when removing the upper console panel, they can break easily

  1. Remove the screws to extract the console box. Watch out for the clips.
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  3. Remove the combination switch, lower center cluster finish panel, cluster finish panel and No. 1 register.
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  5. Unbolt and extract the instrument cluster. Refer to Section 6.
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  7. Using a flat bladed tool, remove the screws and clips then extract the center cluster finish panel. Be careful when working near the air bag wiring, do NOT damage the harness.
    1. Pull up and disconnect the air bag wiring.
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    3. Remove the screws and lower finish panel, then unbolt the lower pad inserts.

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      Fig. Extract the center console screws and pry around the clips

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  9. Unscrew and remove the lower center finish panel with glove box.
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Fig. Unscrew the glove box ...

  1. Remove the No. 2 side defroster nozzle.
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  3. Disconnect the instrument panel wiring, and label if necessary. Remove the nine bolts and two nuts, then pull out the instrument panel.
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Fig. ... and the numerous other screws for the panel assembly

  1. On the center console bracket support, remove the bolt, nuts and bracket. Next unbolt the No. 2 center console bracket. Remove the brake spring, six bolts, two nuts and center bracket support.
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  3. Installation is the reverse of removal. 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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  5. Attach the No. 2 side defroster nozzle.
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  7. Attach the passengers side airbag. Refer to the airbag precautions in Section 6. Tighten the bolts. Tighten the instrument panel reinforcement bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
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  9. Attach the No. 2 heater duct register.
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  11. Install the heater control assembly, combination meter and radio.
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  13. Install and secure the No. 1 and No. 2 heater duct registers.
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  15. Install the cluster finish panel, and the center cluster finish panel.
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  17. Install the front console box and lower instrument panel. Position the No. 2 under cover and secure into position.
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  19. Install the combination switch.
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  21. Position the instrument panel lower pad and secure the mounting bolts. Insert he coin box.
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  23. Install the rear console box and upper console panel secure.
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  25. 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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  27. Install all of the remaining components in the reverse order. Make sure all components are secure.
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  29. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  31. Reset all of the electrical components such as radio and clock.
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