Figured it out, hope my pain will save other people some headache.
This is for anyone else trying to take apart a Toyota 3rd generation 4Runner's (1996-2001) fuse box holder to replace the 60 or 120 main fuses underneath the hood, you can do it! (Took me 2 days to figure out, so hope this helps)
1. Materials a flat screw driver, 10mm & 8mm &12mm socket wrenches, and long nose pliers
2. Take out the battery
3. The fuse box is right behind the battery, open the lid and unscrew the 10mm screw detaching the main (white wire) + line from the battery to the fuse box
4. There 4 little clip like holders on 4 corners of the fuse box, use the flat screw driver to jimmy it loose and the same time use the pliers to bring the box out of its base, this is the toughest and longest part.
5. Once the shell is off, you will find the 8mm to 12mm screws holding the 60 and 120amp in place. The factory fuses are not plug-n-play, so replacing them once should avoid future hassle of opening the fuse box holder.
If done right, can be accomplished in 1 hour.
Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 9:30 AM