2how to install a 2002 Camry (IP) Cluster

Tiny
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  • 2002 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 207,000 MILES
Greetings,

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry with 207,000 miles - runs well, but my IP went dead while driving seamlessly on the highway.

Everything else is fine, but I took it to a Toyota dealership who said it would need a new Cluster and could walk out only paying $500 and change.

Well, my budget won't allow me to make that commitment so I looked up some blogs and heard of buying a used part various sites offer.

1. Is this safe option and usually the up and up - caveat emptor?
2. Is this something I can do easily with a phillips or flat head screwdriver?
3. How do I dismantle the current Cluster and install a new (used) one?


Thank you kindly.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 7:03 PM

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Tiny
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If you don't have the money to buy a new one then your only other option would be to get a good used one. Even ebay has them and they have there buyers protection program so you don't get cheated. Looks pretty straight forward you just remove the cluster bezel then the cluster I posted diagrams for the clip and screw locations of the bezel and cluster.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 8:05 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick reply.

The remaining question's are how to install the new cluster - it can't be as easy as "plug n play" could it?

Will the odometer sync to the original mileage on my vehicle?

Thanks again!
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 9:57 PM
Tiny
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It should just plug right in as far as the mileage let me check if its store in the cluster or the computer.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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Hi, any word on the mileage?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 AT 2:03 AM
Tiny
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Iam still researching this I should have you a answer by tomorrow. Don't worry I haven't forgot about you.
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 AT 5:26 AM
Tiny
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Alright here is the answer I got the mileage is stored on a chip in the cluster so the mileage follows the cluster so what ever mileage the used car you get the cluster from your car will now read that mileage. You can contact the dmv when you change the cluster and let them know you put in a different used cluster because the old one broke with the new mileage.I ended up doing that on my sisters car and thats what I had here do.
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 AT 5:02 PM
Tiny
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Iokay, so here is what I'll do:

1. Order a used cluster from somebody on either eBay, car-part. Com, Aytomotix. Net, or www. Alltoyotalexusparts. Com.

2. When I get the new (used) cluster in the mail I will follow your instructions for disassembly of my burnt out cluster.

3. Plug in the new (used) cluster and reassemble the instrument panel.

4. Go to the DMV and report the new mileage on my car - attributed to the new cluster.

Is this correct and is there anything I might be missing?
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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No you got it the most important thing is reporting the mileage that way they don't try to accuse you of try to pull a fast one by changing the mileage without telling them. Let me know how it goes and if you run into any problems.
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 AT 6:19 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, I will let you know the results of this experience upon completion.

Last Q. Do you have any experience of buying used parts online? If so what is the reputation of any of the sites I listed above to buy a cluster? Or any other part from an online site for that matter?

Thanks - I'll let you know the outcome.
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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For used parts like your cluster I haven't bought anything from those sites you listed except ebay. Ebay has a buyers protection so you don't get ripped off I have been buying things from them for over 11yrs I just recently used there buyers protection for the first time and they refunded my money and helped me not get ripped off by the horrible seller who is no longer on ebay now. As far as new parts I have bought a lot on ebay like for cars my dirt bike etc.I like to use mostly for cars and new parts www. Rockauto. Com I have bought a lot of parts from them and they have always treated me good. Also if you use that site I have a 5 percent discount they gave me I can share with you.I also buy new car parts from amazon a lot of times you can even find free shipping on there. Between those two sites for new car parts who ever has it the cheapest.I also browse ebay as well they have people that sell off parts from closed dealerships etc. Now with ebay you have to look at the sellers feed back if its not a 100% I always check to see what people have to say on there negative feed back.
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Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 AT 2:40 AM
Tiny
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Okay, I just got the part and about to do the job. Ideally, how long should it take me to disassemble and reassemble this cluster?
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Sunday, May 8th, 2011 AT 8:28 PM
Tiny
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Never mind, it only took 3 minutes!
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Sunday, May 8th, 2011 AT 8:51 PM
Tiny
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Great to hear that I was going to tell you it wouldn't take that long lol. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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Sunday, May 8th, 2011 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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My only worry is that when I actually drive for multiple days that it will go out.

I say this because when I originally took this problem to a Toyota dealership the service guy said it was working, but only temporarily; that it would go out at any time - I did. No surprise there. I'm hoping it was only the former cluster and NOT THE WIRING.

Could this be a possibility - faulty wiring?

Until then I'll drive on Monday and hope for the best!
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Sunday, May 8th, 2011 AT 11:32 PM
Tiny
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Anything is possible but what I would do is drive it and see what happens and cross that bridge when we come to it. Keep me posted on what happens.
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Monday, May 9th, 2011 AT 5:48 PM

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