Removing the Passenger Side Dashboard in Your Early Toyota Pickup or 4Runner
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The Windshield Nut
There is a nut quite close to the windshield that you need to loosen. The stud for the nut is attached to the dash pad and slides into a slot on the dash support. To get at the nut:
1. Remove the glovebox
Open the glovebox and pop off the vinyl cover holder. There are three arrows pointing at the plastic pins that hold the cover in place. Slide a flat blade screwdriver under the plastic at each pin and pop it off. Then unscrew the two screws that hold the bottom of the glovebox on.
2. Find the sight hole.
Look through the sight hole and you’ll see the nut. Shine a light from below if you’re having trouble seeing it, but it’s pretty obvious once you look through the hole.
3. Loosen the nut.
The nut is 10mm. Use a 10mm deep socket with 6-9” of extension with
your socket wrench.
You only need to loosen the nut to slip off the dash pad since the hole is notched. When you put the pad back on you may want to twist it off a few more turns so that you have more room to work. While you can take the nut off all way, you won’t lose it if you just leave it on there.
And that’s it for the dash pad nut. But you’ll still have one more tricky bolt:
The Passenger Side Vent Bolt
The bolt is behind the passenger side dashboard vent, which means that you have to remove the vent in order to remove the bolt.
1. Remove the passenger side vent.
To get the vent out, you need to press in on the metal clips that hold it in place and try to shimmy/pull it out a little bit. Once the clips have fully released, you can pull the vent straight out.
2. Remove the bolt.
The dash pad bolt is easily visible once the vent has been removed. Unbolt this with a 10mm socket.
Once the passenger side vent bolt is removed, the hard part is done! You’ll still have to remove some other screws to get the dash pad off but they are very visible, unlike the two pieces of hardware you just took off. Good luck!
Last updated: June 3, 2019