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#1 hifienthusiast

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 08:06 PM

I have a 2003 Corolla. The light bulb behind the heater control on the central dash does not work. Can someone tell me how I can remove the plastic surround and replace the bulb? Thanks.

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 09:39 PM

I have a 2003 Corolla. The light bulb behind the heater control on the central dash does not work. Can someone tell me how I can remove the plastic surround and replace the bulb? Thanks.


Which model do you have T2/T3 or T spirit/T Sport?

To remove the centre console on a T2/T3, remove the trim around the gear stick, remove ashtray, pull out center rotary knob to show 2 screws, undo them and pull from bottom towards you the whole centre console, which if hasn't been removed before, might feel stuck, but keep trying and once out should be able to see bulbs behind.

To remove the centre console on a T Spirit/T Sport, remove the trim around the gear stick, remove ashtray, at the bottom of centre console pull towards you, which if hasn't been removed before, might feel stuck, but keep trying and once out should be able to see bulbs behind.
In my signature, you can find a few pics of how to do this procedure, but not replacing the bulbs though.

Hope this helps, if i got it wrong, i'm sure someone out there will put me right.

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#3 hifienthusiast

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 11:19 PM


I have a 2003 Corolla. The light bulb behind the heater control on the central dash does not work. Can someone tell me how I can remove the plastic surround and replace the bulb? Thanks.


Which model do you have T2/T3 or T spirit/T Sport?

To remove the centre console on a T2/T3, remove the trim around the gear stick, remove ashtray, pull out center rotary knob to show 2 screws, undo them and pull from bottom towards you the whole centre console, which if hasn't been removed before, might feel stuck, but keep trying and once out should be able to see bulbs behind.
Hope this helps, if i got it wrong, i'm sure someone out there will put me right.

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Many thanks for your advice. I have a T2 1.4L Corolla. I will give it a try. I just changed by headlamp bulb as well, there is only a small gap between the headlamp and other components, it was hard to pull off the connector!

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 12:28 PM

I changed both light bulbs behind the heater control knobs of my T2 Corolla this morning following your instructions. Originally only one bulb was faulty but after I took the fascia off, the other bulb went as well! :(

The most fiddly part is to take the bulbs out and put them back, there isn's much room to use my fingers to manuover the tiny bulb into its socket.

My advice is to get the bulbs from Wilkinson which cost only 95 pence for two. I bought one from Toyota for 1.53 pounds!

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 02:18 PM

Hey, surprised my instructions worked :yahoo:

Glad to be of help to you :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:56 PM

After changing both light bulbs behind the heater control, I found the bulb behind the hazard warning switch had gone as well!

Am I the only unlucky person who has had 3 bulbs (plus the nearside head lamp bulb) gone within 3 weeks?

I just phoned Toyota in Southampton and the little bulb for the hazard warning is 3.82 + VAT! What a rip off! :angry2:

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:19 PM

Thanks for the instructions - I tried following them and got as far as pulling out the centre rotary knob and undoing the screw (only one on mine), but then when I tried pulling (from where the ashtray goes) it wouldn't budge - can't even see which bit should come out and don't want to force it and break something.
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When you say the whole centre console, is it everything from the ashtray space upwards, from edge to edge (L to R), including the storage container above the ashtray and the controls right up to just underneath the radio?

Any more advice much appreciated... :)


To remove the centre console on a T2/T3, remove the trim around the gear stick, remove ashtray, pull out center rotary knob to show 2 screws, undo them and pull from bottom towards you the whole centre console, which if hasn't been removed before, might feel stuck, but keep trying and once out should be able to see bulbs behind.



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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:41 PM

Thanks for the instructions - I tried following them and got as far as pulling out the centre rotary knob and undoing the screw (only one on mine), but then when I tried pulling (from where the ashtray goes) it wouldn't budge - can't even see which bit should come out and don't want to force it and break something.
:unsure:

When you say the whole centre console, is it everything from the ashtray space upwards, from edge to edge (L to R), including the storage container above the ashtray and the controls right up to just underneath the radio?


As i don't have the T2 version of the car, and im only going by what i remember or people have said, it should be like mine and remove the whole center console like so..

remove ashtray and pull from where my fingers are

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There are 4 clips, 2 at top, and 2 at bottom.
Top clips shown here

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There are 4 clips, 2 at top, and 2 at bottom.
Bottom clips shown here

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That should bring out the whole of the center console out so then you should be able to find what your looking for.

Hope that helps

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 06:14 PM

Yup that is really helpful thanks - will give it a go.

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As i don't have the T2 version of the car, and im only going by what i remember or people have said, it should be like mine and remove the whole center console like so..
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