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blundt, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Winchester, MA, December 23, 2009, 09:10
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How do I get to the gear shift light bulb as I need to change a blown bulb

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  • Answer #1

    December 25, 2009, 21:26
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    If you mean the center console bulb(s), then I would go here for instructions on how to remove the center console.

    http://bit.ly/alldata_repair_manuals

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    Visitor, May 06, 2010, 21:28

    I just replaced the light bulb on the automatic gear shift of my 1997 Toyoto
    Corolla. I believe 1993-1997 Corollas are very similar.

    1. Lift the little carpet in the console rear to the automatic gear shift.
    Pry with a small flat screwdriver will do the job.

    2. Remove the three Philips head screws.

    3. Remove one Philips head screws on each side of the rear console, they are
    located at the bottom front of the rear console panel. You may have to move
    the driver and passenger seat back to see the screws.

    4. Grab the back of the rear console and gently wiggle, pull backward and
    lift upward. Pull the hand brake so it is easier to remove the loosened rear
    console
    panel.

    5. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry the rectangular 'cushion' around the
    automatic gear shift. Gently pry at various spot and the rectangular
    'cushion'
    will come off easily.

    6. Now you are just one more plastic cover away from the burned bulb. The
    plastic cover that has those 'P'ark, 'R'everse, 'D'rive letters is held in
    place
    by four snap on latches. Use a small flat head screwdriver and gently push
    the black latches inward in a downward motion, once the screwdriver head
    gets
    inside the grey latch holder it will free the black latch. Work on each of
    the four latches in turn.

    7. Wiggle the plastic cover until it is completely loosened from the four
    latches. Gently lift the plastic cover up. The automatic gear shift will
    stop
    the plastic from being lifted out completely. You still have enough room to
    work with. You will see the little burned bulb directly below those 'P'ark,
    'R'everse, 'D'rive letters. Gently pull the bulb out. I got my replacement
    bulb at Canadian Tire, Motomaster instrument replacement bulb 194LL (clear,
    long lasting, 2 bulbs for $2.99Cdn). It is a push-on bulb.

    8. Test the bulb by starting your car and dash lights.

    9. Snap back the plastic 'P'ark, 'D'rive cover. Put back the rear console
    panel and finally the rectangular 'cushion' around the automatic gear shift.

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  • Answer #3

    June 02, 2012, 21:41
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    This is only an enhancement to the well written original answer, I solute the original author named "Visitor" May 06_2010 (with the best voted answer) and can only add a few hints about tools used and different techniques used to pry the final plastic housing up.
    Light bulb replacement on the automatic gear shift Toyota Corolla and GEO PRISM……….June 3, 2012 worked great!
    Instrument replacement bulb 194LL (clear,
    long lasting, 2 bulbs for $1.99 U.S.). It is a push-on bulb.
    AKA ….Center console bulb(s)
    http://repairpal.com/gear-shift-light-bulb-554
    I just replaced the light bulb on the automatic gear shift of my 1997 Toyota
    Corolla. I believe 1993-1997 Corollas are very similar to GEO PRISM. Yes these instructions worked very well on my 1995 Geo Prism. They are indeed the same and thank you for the original article, it fixed my car.
    1. Lift the little carpet in the console rear to the automatic gear shift.
    Pry with a small flat screwdriver will do the job.
    2. Remove the three Philips head screws INSIDE THE TRAY BOTTOM.
    3. Remove one Philips head screws on each side of the rear console, they are
    located at the bottom front of the rear console panel. You may have to move
    the driver and passenger seat back to see the screws. (2) SCREWS TOTAL
    4. Grab the back of the rear console and gently wiggle, pull backward and
    lift upward. Pull the hand brake so it is easier to remove the loosened rear
    console panel.
    5. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry the rectangular 'cushion' around the
    automatic gear shift. Gently pry at various spot and the rectangular
    'cushion' will come off easily.
    6. Now you are just one more plastic cover away from the burned bulb. The
    plastic cover that has those 'P'ark, 'R'everse, 'D'rive letters is held in
    place by four snap on latches. Use a small flat head screwdriver and gently push
    the black latches inward in a downward motion, once the screwdriver head
    gets [ I found it easier to pry upward by going under the whole body of the latches lifting up, they all popped off very easy.] inside the grey latch holder it will free the black latch. Work on each of the four latches in turn.
    7. Wiggle the plastic cover until it is completely loosened from the four
    latches. Gently lift the plastic cover up. The automatic gear shift will
    stop
    the plastic from being lifted out completely. You still have enough room to
    work with. You will see the little burned bulb directly below those 'P'ark,
    'R'everse, 'D'rive letters in a narrow plastic trough about three inches deep . Gently pull the bulb out…..it is an instrument replacement bulb 194LL (clear,
    long lasting, 2 bulbs for $1.99_U.S.). It is a push-on bulb.
    8. Test the bulb by starting your car and dash lights.
    9. Snap back the plastic 'P'ark, 'D'rive cover. Put back the rear console
    panel and finally the rectangular 'cushion' around the automatic gear shift.
    Tools needed : 1) flash light 2) ONE flat head screw driver, 3)OPTIONAL 1 small pry bar 4) optional telescopic magnet for retrieving dropped screws. 5) ONE Philips screw driver.
    6) My fat fingers would not reach inside the crevice to remove the tiny bulb, so I had to make a tool. I took narrow 4 inch needle nose pliers and cut off some plastic tubing and placed it over both ends of the needle nose pliers with a snug fit and warmed the plastic up with a butane lighter so the warm plastic would have more gripping power while pinching the bulb, which came right out without breaking.
    I will use the same tool in reverse to put the new bulb back in, if you have skinny hands you may not need this tool.

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