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#5771 of 5820 Problem with Transmission Indicator Light
Jan 19, 2012 (8:54 pm)
I have a 2000 Toyota Echo with automatic transmission. My transmission position indicator light in the center console no longer comes on consistently when I drive at night. I'd say it might be a light bulb out, but it does come on sometimes. I suppose it could be the light bulb, or it could be whatever switch that turns the light on when driving at night (which I assume is somehow wired to the headlights and other night running lights). Or a fuse. Has anyone else encountered this problem, and what's the best way to troubleshoot it? I'm not sure I can do it myself, but I'd like to try.
Jan 20, 2012 (7:26 am)
It probably just a dirty lightbulb socket. Cant be a fuse or the bulb itself cause it works sometimes. If you take the plastic off the shift lever console perhaps you can get to the point where you can see the bulb. Removing and replacing it a few times should clean the socket up.
I will check my ECHO service manual when I get home and see whats involved.
#5773 of 5820 Re: light [kneisl1]
Jan 20, 2012 (2:24 pm)
Thanks for the tip. Now, I just have to figure out how to get the console cover off.
Jan 20, 2012 (5:07 pm)
I have the picture of the assembly from the manual. There is a single screw holding the plastic cover surrounding the shift lever. It is under a piece of carpet trim all the way to the rear of the cover. It looks like a cup holder. If you can get it off you MIGHT be able to access the bulb. It looks like an old small flash bulb. There is a short wire harness with a connector at each end. Only four small bolts hold the shifter to the floor. I dont know if its necessary to remove it the bulb might be accessable as it sits.
If you could give me your address i could make a copy of the diagrams and send it to you.
But personally you know it might be the better part of discression to leave well enough alone.
#5775 of 5820 Re: cover [kneisl1]
Jan 21, 2012 (5:10 am)
You will never no if you can fix it if you do not try. I had cover off our 04 to ajust the E Brake.
#5776 of 5820 Tranny Light Fixed with New Battery
Jan 21, 2012 (6:41 pm)
I'm the one who posted about the intermittent outage of the light that shows what gear you're in on the automatic transmission of my 2000 Echo. Well, I never did get around to figuring out how to get the console apart to check out the bulb and contacts, but I did take the car in to get a new battery today, and the light seems to be working fine now, when it pretty much stopped working altogether a couple of nights ago. The battery in the car was seven years old and I'd been meaning to replace it, anyway. While researching the light problem, I read that some people who owned various models of cars had interior lights fail, and then noticed the lights would work when they installed a new battery. It seems to have fixed my problem, thus far. Of course, since it was an intermittent outage, I'll have to wait and see. But it's something to consider when lights go wonky and the battery is old.
#5778 of 5820 Thanks for the Light Diagram
Jan 22, 2012 (10:41 am)
Thanks for that. I knew there was a screw on the top side of the shift knob, but didn't know where the other screws were. It looks like the bulb is close to the top of the console. If and when the light stops working again I'll give it a try.
#5779 of 5820 Clicking noise when engine running
Feb 02, 2012 (11:30 am)
I have a 2000 Toyota Echo sedan automatic that is making an odd clicking noise when the engine is on. I can hear it when I am driving down the highway and when I am stopped at stop signs and when parked in my driveway. I'm not sure where to begin looking. No engine codes are currently showing up. (no light either but I have a reader that will show pending codes before the light goes on anyway) Last June my left front wheel baring was replaced. Last July the front brakes were replaced and the fuel vapor assembly was replaced. I have no trouble stopping when I brake. The clicking started in late August and has gotten louder. The local Toyota dealer wants to charge me $115 to check my engine codes. Since I already know there are no codes I need other options.
#5780 of 5820 Re: Clicking noise when engine running [nlwpsms]
Feb 03, 2012 (9:02 am)
Does the clicking speed up as the engine is revved? If so, I'd look at the things that the belts are turning: the alternator, power steering pump, AC compressor, and water pump.
Maybe one of the more knowledgeable people will chime in; I'm definitely not any kind of great mechanic...
Also, if you ever need engine codes read, Auto Zone will do it free. And Harbor Freight has cheapo code readers for about $40