How To Replace Dashboard Light Bulbs On Toyota Corolla 1990 – 2002 Use 194LL Bulbs #toyotacorolla


The dashboard lights on this 2001 Toyota Corolla, don’t work anymore. Some of the lights on the panel do. The turn signals. The high beams. Different things like that work. The warning lights. But the main dash lights don’t work and that is definitely a problem…and Illegal. The panel needs to come out and I need to put new light bulbs in, so we’re going to do that. And This Works for several Model Years. This happens to be a 2001 Toyota Corolla LE. And mainly all you need for this are Phillips screwdrivers and maybe some needle-nose pliers. I’m also going to magnetize my screwdriver though, just to be safe. I hate to lose those screws. First, I’m going to drop my steering wheel down all the way just to give myself a little more working room there. And then you need to take out the two Screws that are just under the cover over the instrument panel and those are both Phillips screw heads. So we need to start on that. And for getting out these screws your space Is kind of limited so the shorter screwdriver you have, the better. I’ve got this little kind of ratcheting screwdriver that has the different heads. But I mean you can do it with a longer screwdriver. but you might be at an awkward angle. And I try to be pretty careful with my screws I have dropped them before and they’ve disappeared and I’ve never found them. Then that can lead to noise in your dashboard. So, sometimes I magnetize my screwdrivers and I have that little magnetic grabber handy just in case. But that is coming out just fine. There’s one, and two over here, and those come out real easy. And with those two screws out this panel is actually loose now. And you can pull it down and out. Just do it carefully so you don’t break anything. With both hands, you pull out the bottom gently and that comes loose. And once that’s loose at the bottom you can kind of pull down at the top and then rotate this piece out of there. and it’s a little awkward to rotate that piece out of there. But just be very careful with it and you’ll be able to get it out. Just set that aside. Here’s what we have now: a screw at the top in the middle, one over here on the right, and a screw over here on the left. So those three need to come out. They’re all Phillips head screws. These two on the sides are kind of recessed. The screw on this side might be a little easier to get to if you push down the handle. And on this Side Push down that one just a little. Might give you a little easier access. So we’ll start with this one. That one’s out and I had my screwdriver magnetized so that’s hanging on there pretty good. Now for the one on the left. And some models of Corollas might have four screws. But this one only has three. So just remove however many you see. And there’s the other one. And the last one. And all three are out now. So the instrument panel assembly is loose now. So, we’re going to have to get the wires off the back of it. Have to carefully turn this around so we can get access to the back panel. And you’re limited on room of course when you do this. And you rotate it around a little bit and you can see there are actually four harnesses back there. I have to take them off one by one to be able to get to the bulbs. And there you can kind of see some of the bulbs sticking out there. So, we can replace them. Find out which ones are bad. So, going to start taking the harnesses off. And this, one has a little button that you push down and then pull out. And just do it carefully. Now that one came out. It’s the first one. The blue one is off now. Same thing – had a little button on top that you had to push. Next one Is a white one. That one’s off. Way back at the back there’s another one to get out of there. And there – it’s actually free now after the four connectors are removed. And they’re just all in a line so you, won’t get them in the wrong place. So now, we just pull the assembly out. And we can pull it out forward and kind of rotate it up and over the top. There you can get access to the back where all the bulbs are. Before I start taking bulbs out and getting them replaced, I’m going to take a picture of where everything is supposed to go, just for my own sake so i get things back in the right place. So i’m going to take a few pictures. And I know the ones in the middle don’t work for sure. A lot of these side lights, they worked okay, but I know I had trouble. I could not see my fuel gauge, so those lights over there are probably bad. So I’m just going to check them all and see which ones look burnt out. This is the center one that I know is bad that went to the Speedometer. And I’m going to rotate that; turn it, pop it out. And that’s what it looks like. That one I know was bad. So I’m just going to check the others one by one and see what they look like. I went to Autozone and got some replacement bulbs. Your manual should tell you what kind to get or they can probably tell you at the store too. And the ones they had are clear and the ones in the panel have this little cover on them, but that cover does come off. So I’m going to put it on the other bulbs. These bulbs just pull out and you can pop the new ones in. I’ve got all my light bulbs replaced and I’m ready to put the instrument panel back in. So now comes the fun part. Putting the connectors back to the back. You can actually pull the wiring harness out a little bit further and that will make it easier to connect on the back. So here we go. I’m going to slide it back behind the steering wheel now. Get it in position and then start hooking it up. The harness will pull out far enough so that you can kind of attach these over the top with it laid down like that so that makes it easier. So, we’re going to start with this one. Make sure you hear a good snap there. There we go. The blue one. And the Final one. So We’re just ready to reassemble that. It all looks like it’s in there solid. I’m going to test it first before I put it all back together just to be sure it’s working. So I’m going to turn the ignition back on and test out the lights. So now I just need to move it around so I can get it back in to the original place. Pull it back out this way a little bit and then tilt it in and we’ll get it lined up, like it should be. But I’m not going to fasten it down until I know that everything works. So, need the keys. And they work! I pulled it Into the darkened garage and awesome. I have bright lights again! I’m gonna start with the center screw and get it going.
I didn’t tighten it down fully yet. I’m going to put this other one in over here on the right and then the other one on the left. Doing the one on the right. And the one on the left Is going in. And I’m going to get that back in position. Push that down just a little bit in front. And it goes through. Put that little… get that little clip down and work it back into the dash. It should pop right into place. Which it did. I just have to put the two screws back in on the top and I’ll be done. It’s all back together and working fine. That wasn’t too bad! Pretty easy and didn’t take very long to do. Thanks for watching! Have a great day and please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe if you would.

81 Comments

  1. Rayen Martinez November 6, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Excellent. Thank you.

  2. John Barry December 12, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Stan, I have seen THOUSANDS of these types of videos, but the way you did it is GREAT. Sometimes the recorder will assume that the person watching understands everything, but you have done a FINE job of explaining what needed explaining, and NOT explaining the trivialities of the job. You explain things the way I do. I appreciate that. Thanks.

  3. JT December 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Very helpful and explained well. Also helpful would be to have known what type/size bulbs are used and where they're located.

  4. George Quintero March 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I have the same vehicle and this was very helpful. My question is what are the size of those bulbs.

  5. Robert April 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Good job. Thank for video 🙂

  6. Stuart MC May 15, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Excellent video. Very well done. I'm not a car guy at all so this is going to help me very much as I make this fix on my car. I only watched it once, and don't even feel the need to watch it again because the process was explained well. thanks!!!

  7. John Kevin Landry May 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Great video pal! I couldn't have asked for more concise & detailed step by step directions! The economically challenged thank you!

  8. Shadow May 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Very detailed instruction. Exactly what I needed. Thank you!

  9. SpideySensei72 June 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Attempting to do this tomorrow since mine are also blown out in my 97 Corrolla. Two things: 1) What if your car doesn''t have a steering column adjustment option? Will it be a problem popping out the center console? 2) Do we need to disconnect the battery first? I've heard if you don't it could possibly set off the airbag while you're working on it.

  10. Leoman Celis September 11, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Good job! Very straight forward and easy to understand video. I hope you do more

  11. Cienna Brown September 25, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    How many lightbulbs are needed?

  12. Synthetic_Future October 17, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Awesome, going to have to do this for my fuel gauge. Any clue what happens if you leave the color covers off? Does that make the light white?

  13. NONmedi October 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    hey man,
    thanks a lot for the video
    can you please find me a link on eBay / Ali Express for those bulbs ?
    thank you!

  14. Alfredo Rivera November 21, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Is there any videos for a 2005 Toyota Corolla S…?

  15. Slim Dog December 20, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Okay so I just change the dashboard lights in my 99 Corolla went to Canadian tire here in Toronto Canada the guy at the counter looked up for me but they didn’t anything in there system for the dashboard light to I went to alie with bulbs I picked up the sylvania 168 and the 194 long life the one that I used was the 168 and it works well

  16. dennis miranda December 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    What size bulbs

  17. Craig Russell December 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Super helpful, thanks!

  18. Alexander Barrera January 11, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Good video, I hope it's similar to my tercel 1995.

  19. Michael Hittu January 14, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Does anyone know the official name of that black plastic piece you have to remove before getting to the actual dash?

  20. Bardia Borhani January 17, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Worked on my 2002 Toyota Corolla! Saved me at least $100. Thanks!

  21. JosephusXIX January 29, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Pretty good for doing all that with just one hand (while the other hand is filming).

  22. callahan jason February 4, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The lights on the left side (temp&gas) went out. I replaced them but they still don't work. So I'm guessing it is a fuse..
    *Also my steering wheel is not adjustable so I broke the first piece trying to remove it. Anyone know this parts name so I can look for a replacement?
    Thanks

  23. Γιωργος Αγνωστος February 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Please ,I need your help! I opened my car's dashboard (Corolla 2003) and it looks like this https://www.japoto.nl/en/part/Toyota/Corolla/Odometer+KM/8380002800/110080106001/305/8900237 , so I don't understand how i can change the lights inside. If anyone knows please answer!Thanks!

  24. deborah igbalajobi February 19, 2018 at 3:33 am

    I have a 1998 Toyota Corolla I want to attempt to do this myself . What kind of bulbs should I get ?

  25. Blackie Kane April 2, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Can this OEM bulbs be replaced with LED's with any problem?? Great video…Thank You

  26. Jerry Scher April 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the video bud. Complete and concise.

  27. eomyenom1 May 12, 2018 at 11:26 am

    For LED light replacement is their anything additional one must do?

  28. 贏嘉 May 13, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    thank you for sharing.

  29. Ed Rosado May 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent video!!

  30. Loiska Jerez June 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    👏👏👏

  31. Elizabeth Marks-Graham June 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Someone needs to show the climate bulbs one of mine burnt out and I can’t find a video for it I think il have to make one for everyone else in my situation

  32. hardset2000 June 23, 2018 at 6:46 am

    I'm pretty critical of many youtube videos as they are often absolutely terrible, incorrect info, first timers who don't know squat trying to teach others, horrible photography, the list goes on and on but you seem to have nailed it. I can't find one word of criticism and anyone who has any mechanical aptitude whatsoever should be able to do this. It was truly a pleasure to watch and very easy to understand. You should give lessons to most others on youtube!!!! I'm doing my corolla tomorrow. Thank you.

  33. W3ST SID3 LA June 27, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Thank you so much

  34. Mahbub Alam July 9, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Hey boss, could you please tell what is the bulb model ?

  35. ChapoDaGamer July 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    how to I drop my steering?

  36. Randy Clay July 24, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Followed this video to the tee — everything works great! Thank you!!!

  37. Cayce John August 7, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Does this work with a 1998 chevy geo prism??

  38. Mateoski August 31, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Can I do this with a 2006 Camry?

  39. David Jacques September 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    How many light bulbs are in a 2000 Toyota Corolla dashboard. Going to be replacing some lights on the weekend! Please let me know, thanks!

  40. jesus000 October 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    All my dashboard lights work but could I buy Led replacements for the dashboard?

  41. A Dentist Named Crentist November 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    My 01 Just went out! Easy to understand vid ! Thx Stan.

  42. Toro November 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    i followed all the steps on my 97 corolla but the main gauge fuel gauge and temp still doesn’t work, any advice? only the smaller lights are working

  43. DAVID JIMENEZ November 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Everything works except the dash Light, is that the bulb you changed

  44. Amanda Rodriguez December 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Wow, thank you for this tutorial. You did an amazing job on directions and what not. Needed this exactly how you described. A+

  45. Roy Lewis January 9, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks so much Stan, for the inspiration to get this job done by myself!

    I have a 1998 Sienna that has at least two of its dash board lights out and with your video, I’m prepared to give it a try.

    Take care and thanks for your good work!

    Roy – Buffalo, NY

  46. MIike Sosa January 12, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you!

  47. Firstname Lastname January 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    This is one of the best repair videos I've seen. Thanks for posting!

    BTW, I checked the laws here in Michigan and didn't see anything saying it's illegal to drive at night without instrument panel lights. (Not that I would want to.) 🙂

  48. Leonardo Taggio January 30, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I have an Toyota Avensis 1997-2003 UK spec. the dashboard looks very similar. I guess as the Avensis replaced the Corolla most of the parts and descriptions are the same?

  49. alegroman February 8, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Is the fuel door sign supposed to be lit? I have a 2001 corolla ce I can't recall.

  50. J T March 4, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    beautiful i will get my corolla 2000 done right way lol…thx

  51. Ken Layton March 24, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Those colored bulb covers are called "bulb condoms" and are used extensively in pinball machines. If you have any damaged ones, you can buy them at the major pinball machine parts distributors like Marco Specialties and Pinball Life.

  52. Peter Lim April 21, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    You did not mention about fixing the speedometer cable which is also attached to the dashboard at the back ,,,

  53. carlos casiano April 25, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Thank you man.👍

  54. Omar Gaitan May 1, 2019 at 2:01 am

    I have a 1996 toyota corolla. I took out the speedometer cluster out just to clean it. I put it back and some of the bulbs burnt out. What could be the reason. thank you.

  55. Ying Chiu Luk May 17, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Are there only 3 x 194 size bulbs for the main light on the instrument panel ? I read on some website mentioned there are 4 x 194 bulbs for the main light on the panel. If you don't mind please kindly help to verify how many 194 bulbs are needed. Thanks

  56. Carlife2003 May 27, 2019 at 7:49 am

    why is there two bulbs missing???

  57. kil hefner June 22, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Stan, Thank you. I believe I saw the fuel gauge still up. Is it possible that it does not work ( as mine, 06/2019)? Could it be that the magnetic bits damaged some area of the dashboard circuit board that has to do with the fuel gauge? Or was the key still in the ignition? I have heard of magnets damaging even computers. Will you please show how to fix an stacked fuel gauge and non working speedometer gauge? Both work during cold weather in Florida and cool nights in summertime so what could else could it be? I did watch a video of somebody showing how the wiring covers under the hood get burn due to the excess of heat in Florida and now I am going out to check that first and then the fuses. Many thanks again.

  58. KC TSP June 23, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Great job, thank you for the video.

  59. Rj Moore June 26, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I have a dx and can not adjust my steering column so how do I put back my gauge cluster 😅

  60. creancley sudiah June 30, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Good job u r doing there, tq for sharing

  61. mrghost3601 July 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Only video I've seen that was straight forward. Thanks, can't wait to do it myself.

  62. james w July 26, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Hi are there two different sizes of bulbs? You only changed the green ones, do the black ones need changing also and are they different sizes?

  63. kil hefner August 10, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Many thanks for your video!! Wish you lived in my county in FL since I have had a check engine light P500 for 2 years now!!

  64. Christina Fontanez August 25, 2019 at 2:04 am

    I have a 94 Toyota Corolla. Which bulbs will I need and do you know how many . Mines look like it’s only one bulb working on each of the circle one so I think all of them need to be replaced

  65. Mud Booger August 25, 2019 at 3:45 am

    The Daytime Running lights cause these dash lights to go out prematurely. As soon as the car is started, the DRLs and the Dash Lights come on.

  66. Roman Cyclist September 2, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    hey bro tq this video Malaysia awesome

  67. Number White September 5, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Thanks, just disabled my abs light to pass inspection…

  68. kirk rummelhoff September 7, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Nice video! Thanks.

  69. Jorick Earl Bastian September 9, 2019 at 11:49 am

    what is the size of the main light bulbs? the big one which is tinted?

  70. Tyler Weathersby October 7, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Great video I'm glad I can save a bit of money and do this myself now

  71. Anything Around the Universe Vlog November 21, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Your video is a big help! Liked and subscribed!

  72. Montano Fermin November 26, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    How do you drop the steering wheel down?

  73. Shams Robeen December 3, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Hi, is it possible to get LED instead of those lamp? If yes what will be model of LED bulb?

  74. Fossern TAFR December 3, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Is this the same procedure to use if I need to remove the "glass" that are infront of the instrument panel?
    The reason I'm asking is because my rpm needle jumped under the little "pin" that is holding it on 0 when the car is off.

  75. goawayfast December 7, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Great video. You made it easy. One question though. Do the bulbs need those thin plastic covers? Mine were kind of dry rotted and didn't come off in one piece. It's a '99, so I guess it's not so shocking that after 20 years they might not be in great shape.

  76. El Gringo Loco December 17, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Do I have to disconnect the battery for this?

  77. Premium Blue December 18, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Great video..and a huge help..TY

  78. Ramon Zavala December 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks currently doing this on my 98 Corolla just don't know how to put the steering wheel a bit down ( I'm 15 first car)

  79. Kevin Wolf December 22, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I noticed that your temperature gauge wasn’t moving . And the same thing happen to me when I switch my radio for an after market one. Any ideas to fix it ?

  80. Josef Basilious January 3, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    I changed the light bulb that lit up the 3-4 on the RPM meter but that made 3 other lights turn off and I don’t know how to fix that.

  81. Jonathan Møller Nielsen January 7, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Did you disconnect the battery before this operation?

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