How to Replace the Bulb in a Toyota Tacoma Dash

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How to Replace the Bulb in a Toyota Tacoma Dash
Replace the bulb in the Toyota Tacoma dash to see the instrument panel at night. (dashboard with speed meter image by robert paul van beets from

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 burnt out. A 1.2 watt light bulb will do the job. You can replace the burnt out bulb with a new one in the Toyota Tacoma's dashboard in a few simple steps.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 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.

  4. 4

    Remove the burnt 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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

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