1999 Camry Speedometer Backlight and A/C backlight

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Old 10 Mar 2005, 08:29 pm   #1 (permalink)
John
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Default 1999 Camry Speedometer Backlight and A/C backlight

Hello.

I have a 1999 Camry, and there are two backlights that are burnt out. One is
on the speedometer (I can still see the speed though, because the other
backlights here still work). The other is the backlight for the A/C and
heater knob controls.

Can anyone tell me how to get at these bulbs so that I can replace them? The
dealer says it's about 1 hour labour (for each job) which would cost me $92
per hour for a total of $184 labour. This seems rather excessive just to
replace a part that should cost only a couple of dollars.

Thanks for any info.

John


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Old 11 Mar 2005, 10:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1999 Camry Speedometer Backlight and A/C backlight

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 21:29:56 -0500, John wrote:

> Hello.
>
> I have a 1999 Camry, and there are two backlights that are burnt out. One is
> on the speedometer (I can still see the speed though, because the other
> backlights here still work). The other is the backlight for the A/C and
> heater knob controls.
>
> Can anyone tell me how to get at these bulbs so that I can replace them? The
> dealer says it's about 1 hour labour (for each job) which would cost me $92
> per hour for a total of $184 labour. This seems rather excessive just to
> replace a part that should cost only a couple of dollars.
>
> Thanks for any info.
>
> John


Wow. I'm not familiar with a '99, but generally Toyotas are made with 3 or
4 screws holding the Inst. panel in at the top, and a couple at the
bottom, usually covered by the bottom dash panel. You'll have to remove
the bottom dash panel, remove the screws and then the screws in the top.
The inst panel will pull out with some difficulty, for some reason they
make them large enough so the steering wheel is in the way.There are
connectors behind there. You'll see the bulb holders (generally brown)
they twist out.
Some have replacable bulbs (168s) and some you have to replace the whole
thing. I checked for a Nissan I had; dealer item: $11.30 EACH! Try gently
pulling the bulb and see if it comes loose. I have been able to replace the
assembly type with 168s, you have to bend the contacts on the bulb to make
contact with the copper contacts on the holder. This has worked for me for
about 3 years. Oh, and the green prophylactics...GENTLY remove them from
the old bulb so they will be reusable. (I replaced the bulbs in one car
with blue bulbs; they look cool but are harder to see at night,
particularly at dusk...there are also red and ambler...

The A/C is similar, you'll have to remove the access trim panel, unscrew
the heater controls and replace the bulb the same way. These are usuall
much smaller bulbs; AutoZone has them (if you're in the US; since you
spelled LABOR as labour, I'm assuming somewhere else...) It should be
replaceable; at one tome Toyota had a nasty habit of soldering these in.
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