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Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry

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    • A faulty speedometer could be the result of a bad speed sensor or faulty wiring. Test the car by driving it. The odometer should roll over and cruise control should work. These run off of the speed sensor. if both of these run, proceed with this repair. otherwise, consider replacing the speed sensor and\or check the wiring.

    • There is a cover around the radio. remove it, as you will need to access the screws behind it. To do this, you will place a flat screwdriver behind it and pop it up from the bottom, and then pull out and then down.

    • Start by using your short handled screwdriver. There are 2 screws located on the bevel(the part of the dash covering the speedometer). To remove these you will unscrew these at an angle, and be carefuel to not drop them as they are recessed and you will need to catch them. Place them in secure location.

    • There are 2 phillips screws located on the top right and left corner of the area to the side of the radio. Remove these and then place in a secure location.

    • Wedge a flat screwdriver between the dash and the bevel on the left side below the brake release lever. Gently free this part, then pull towards you, until it is partially free.

    • Repeat on the other side of the bevel, near the AC controls, starting from the top and freeing towards the bottom. Again, manually pull forward.

    • After prying the bevel forward, proceed to gently pull down. you will need to lower the steering wheel for this. Eventually it should slide forward, but do not pull too much-you will need to remove wires.

    • After carefully wiggling the bevel off of the rest of the dash, there are 4 wires you will need to detach.

    • Start on the right side. Unplug the wire to the hazard lights by depressing the tab on the top with a flat screwdriver or finger. You will now pull it out by the plug and not the cord. The tab is prone to breaking, but it will still plug back in if broken.

    • Note that unplugging the hazard lights will break the circuit to the turn signals, so you will not have turn signals until the dash is reassembled.

    • Repeat for the cord going to the clock.

    • Pull bevel further out on the right, and lift over the steering wheel. you may need to adjust your rearview mirror. You could proceed to the next step now by placing the bevel to the left of the drivers seat, or unplug the next 2 wires and place bevel in another location if desired.

    • Unplug the wires, depressing the tabs. these are harder to remove than the other 2, but if the tab is fully depressed, they will remove. place the bevel elsewhere.

    • Start by unscrewing the 4 screws, 2 on right and 2 on left. then grab the sides and pull forward enough to be able to access the back.

    • Unplug the center vertical cord by depressing the tab. This cord is the shortest. Pull the instrument cluster closer, and tilt the bottom in, allowing you to see the top. You may need to push the top piece up to give more room to remove the cluster.

    • Remove the 3 plugs by depressing the tab with a flat screwdriver, and then pushing out slightly. After you push out slightly, angle the screwdriver to be able to easily push them out and then remove them. There is also a snap that the cable snaps into, this needs to be removed.

    • If a light replacement is desired, do so now. LED light replacement kits exist, which will last longer. To remove lights, turn counterclockwise 1/8 of a turn and pull out. Transmission indicator light replacement is in the next step.

    • Remove instrument cluster, bring to place that it is being repaired at.

  1. Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry, Disassemble the instrument cluster: étape 7, image 1 de 3 Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry, Disassemble the instrument cluster: étape 7, image 2 de 3 Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry, Disassemble the instrument cluster: étape 7, image 3 de 3
    • Start by removing the 2 screws on the top corners of the front. Then depress all the tabs in with a flat screwdriver. Pull the plastic pieces outward. If you are cleaning the plastic, separate the black and clear plastic pieces by the same method.

    • Flip the instrument cluster. Unscrew any three of the four screws holding in the speedometer. Support the guage with your hand, and remove the final screw. do not lose these screws or their washers, as these are part of the circuit.

    • If removing any of the other gauges, repeat the same process.

    • To remove the transmission indicator to replace lights, depress the 3 tabs on the side while applying pressure from the front of the assembly. remove, and the lights will be on the side. turn counterclockwise and remove

    • If simply replacing the speedometer, proceed to step 9

  2. Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry, soildering the speedometer: étape 8, image 1 de 3 Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry, soildering the speedometer: étape 8, image 2 de 3 Repairing the Instrument Cluster on a 1991-1996 Toyota Camry, soildering the speedometer: étape 8, image 3 de 3
    • Locate the capacaters on the top of the speedometer, visually inspect it. Look out for any deformities, bulging, or leakage out of the bottom. These indicate a blown capacator.

    • If your capacater is blown, unsoilder it, and replace the capacaters. Be sure to order the right capacaters. All the capacaters are 25v, and polar. From the left to the right viewed from the top, the capacaters are 100 microfared, 22 microfared, and 6.8 microfared.

    • Soilder the capacaters in place, noting the negatives are facing the left side from the top.

    • Test for continuity. Do this by putting a multimeter to test for continuity and touch the end of your capacator and following the circuit until you find another soilder joint and touch there. If there is a discontinuity, redo your soilder joint.

    • If soildering the tachometer or other joints, repeat the process, noting which way the positive and negative sides face.

    • Note that the capacaters in the pictures are not original, they have already been replaced. Additoonially, on the tachometer the capacaters have been removed but not replaced. The leads on the capacitors do not need to be cut, but they CANNOT touch each other when the cluster is reassembled.

    • If the speedometer has been replaced, to adjust the odometer use a pair of needle nose pliers and lift on the bar on top of the odometer, and use a small screwdriver or toothpick to run the odometer to a mileage that reflects that of the car

    • Repeat the process to reassemble, noting that the dashboard may have to be pushed up to place the cluster back into position.


after placing the speedometer back in its place, follow the directions in reverse order to reassemble. additionally, test the speedometer with an app like Waze to confirm its accuracy.

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Hello. The steps you mentioned are very detailed and informative. I have an issue with my 2002 Camry where all the gauges are dead, like the engine heat, engine RPM, Speedometer and the Fuel gauge. The gear lights, door lights all work though. Now, if I disassemble the panel, remove the wires from the back and then connect them back in they will start working. However, the next time I try to switch on the car and the gauges are dead. If I repeat this step, the gauges again start working. Any idea what to do in this case?

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