Gear shift light bulb on 2001 Subaru Impreza

How do I get to the gear shift light bulb as I need to change a blown bulb

by in Winchester, MA on December 23, 2009
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ANSWER by on December 25, 2009
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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ANSWER by on May 06, 2010
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 by on June 02, 2012
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.