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The light for the instrument panel (speedometer/odometer.fuel) has gone out. I assumed it was a fuse. I had a friend take fuse #16 7.5 A out and was told it had not blown. As my clock and audio system were still working, I decided it wasn't that fuse. Is there another fuse or fuses I should check, or could it be something else? It's been out for a week and I am getting tired of trying to guestimate my speed and whether I have enough gas or not. If it is a fuse, do I have to buy the fuse through Toyota or can I go to any parts store?

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My wife has an 2009. Had a tire pressure alarm which she ignored. Kept driving and eventually the pannel lights went dark. Added tire pressure, for a slow leak in one of the tires and the problem was gone. Sounds crazy, but check the tires. LOL.

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Sounds weird, but I'll check my tire pressure. Thanks.
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The 2005 does not have a TPMS.
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And you don't have to really fear a Toyota service dept. They really aren't all thieves, although most posts on the net indicate this is so!



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Hope that it is a fuse or wire problem. I bet a replacement vacuum fluorescent display like that is not cheap.

You might scour the wrecking yards/sites for one out of a wreck. I hear they are showing up in junkyards after sticking accel pedals in record numbers.

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Just a quick question. Did you check that the rheostat is turned to the on position?

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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. Yes, I have checked the rheostat. No, I don't believe that all Toyota service depts are thieves....just expensive. Yes, I hope it is a loose wire and not the IFD display. If it's the display that needs to be replaced, maybe I will check to see if I can find one in a wrecking yard, but my instinct tells me I'm better off with a new display.

My appointment with Toyota is on Thursday. I'll let you know what needs to be done.

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