Driver's Seat and Gear Shift illumination 94 Camry 6 cyl xle

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Old 28 Apr 2004, 03:47 pm   #1 (permalink)
DCurran
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Default Driver's Seat and Gear Shift illumination 94 Camry 6 cyl xle

Hi,

Two questions: Driver's seat(leather) is cracking and sagging.What are
my options and ballpark costs for getting it fixed or replaced.
Also, the gear shift markings P,R, N, D, etc. are no longer
illuminating. Where is the bulb or fuse that should be replaced.Thanks
for any help.

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Old 29 Apr 2004, 08:55 am   #2 (permalink)
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DCurran <dennis.curran@rcn.com> wrote in message news:<409017e8$0$28904$61fed72c@news.rcn.com>...
> Hi,
>
> Two questions: Driver's seat(leather) is cracking and sagging.What are
> my options and ballpark costs for getting it fixed or replaced.
> Also, the gear shift markings P,R, N, D, etc. are no longer
> illuminating. Where is the bulb or fuse that should be replaced.Thanks
> for any help.


Leatherique (leatherique.com) is helpful for rejuvenating the
resiliency of the leather to prevent further deterioration (not
inexpensive though - but less than replacement cost.) Toyota does sell
replacement seat cover - leather original, and foam padding, if
damaged. I'd try the leatherique first. Had a similar problem and it
seems to have helped a lot. Their slogan "simply the best" is probably
true. Didn't have any sagging though, just drying and hardening from
the sun. Their crack filler is inexpensive enough to try, but then you
need to add dye. I took the headrest out and matched it to Rustoleum
"Nutmeg Satin" for $3, mixed the crack filler and paint, then applied
with a Q-tip. It helped somewhat. I think the crack filler is designed
to be applied over the entire area and then re dyed. I just had one
bad spot on an upper corner. The leatherique did soften the leather as
promised. Now the side bolsters on the seat actually work again,
because you can sink in, rather than being suspended on the hardened
surface only.
There are aftermarket leather kits, but you need to weigh the cost of
installation - that money will never be returned on resale. The local
upholstery shop suggested installing fabric seat covers to reduce the
cost, but I opted for the leatherique instead.
For me, I'd forget about those silly gear position markings on the
dash. If you really want to change the bulb you need to remove the
screws above the speedometer, and pop off the radio surround to get to
the other screws holding in the dash cover. The only possible utility
I could see, would be if the indicators showed the actual forward
drive gear you're in, like first, or second, with a light for lockup
torque converter engagement, but even then, one can fairly easily
detect without an indicator light.
As for lights telling me I'm in Drive or Neutral or Reverse or Park ,
you can just look down and see the orange indicator as on any other
car. I'm actually glad the "D" light burned out, and find it a minor
annoyance every time the red "R" light comes on, trying to trick me
into believing there's an engine warning. When shifting into "N" at a
long traffic signal, I never even notice the green "N" on the dash,
and certainly don't need a light on the dash to remind me I shifted
into Park.
These must be the quintessential "idiot lights." I like almost
everything about the Camry, but those gear position indicators on the
dash must have been designed for a completely different mind set than
someone who understands the car and does all their own mechanical
servicing and repair.
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