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#138 of 147 Link to google image of switch
Aug 22, 2013 (8:31 am)
https://www.google.com/search?q=84231-06011&client=firefox&hs=TvD&rls=org.mozill- - a:en-US:official&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=ADIWUoyuMcL1iwLaqYCQBw&ved=0CAkQ_A- - UoAQ&biw=1600&bih=1038#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=TG1gZD4J5Dr3OM%3A%3BWPbWPeU_PE1WuM- - %3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.toyotapart.com%252Fmm5%252Fgraphics%252F00000001%252F8- - 4231-06011-Switch-Courtesy-Lamp-1c.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.toyotapart.com%2- - 52F84231-06011.html%3B700%3B700
You need to click on google image after clicking on link to the picture .
P/N 84231-06011 replace old P/N 84231-06010
#140 of 147 Re: Link to google image of switch [brewski55]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Aug 22, 2013 (12:15 pm)
Thanks for posting this, brewski! Here's a direct link to the photo of the switch.
Automotive News & Views | Coupes & Convertibles
#141 of 147 Re: 2008 Solara Conv radio cutting out [blozano]
Sep 13, 2013 (8:54 am)
After much consternation on my part and the ranting of my wife on the radio fading in and out, I decided to go ahead and try to replace the switch myself. I had ordered the switch and four panel clips some months ago, but have put off replacing it because I just wasn't convinced that I could do the job even though most here say it's not that bad a task.
These are my observations that I think may help anyone else who is considering to attempt the fix themselves. First, after removing the cupholder/armrest, the rear panel comes off in one piece, not two as I inferred from previous posts. Removal of the cupholder/armrest is a piece of cake; one screw under the felt pad in the cupholder and then lift straight up. The three screws that hold the panel onto the car are: 1.underneath the passenger seat belt return slot at the top of the panel (be careful when prying off the cover, it doesn't take a lot of pressure to release it), 2. in the middle of the panel (this one is hidden until you remove the cupholder/armrest), and 3. underneath a small tab located next to the rear passenger side seat belt return slot (at the top of the seat back). It is important to remember which screws go where, they are not the same size; two are short (about 1/2 in.) and two are long (about 1 in.)
Now that you have removed the screws, the panel can be pulled off, but don't be surprised if you break one or two of the clips in the process. I would recommend you order the four clips as suggested by blozano. When I say pull the panel off, I mean pull toward you as you sit in the back seat facing the panel. Ok, we are almost there, but this is one of my biggest frustrations in removing the panel. There is a tab that inserts into a slot at the bottom rear corner of the panel. I had to fish my arm down to the tab and push it through the slot. This is hard to explain but when you start the job, it will be clearer. You may have someone shine a flashlight down behind the panel so you can see it clearly. Once the tab is disengaged from the slot, the panel can be pulled completely out. Remember to unhook the courtesy light wiring harness. You will see it, and it's simply a pinch and pull to disconnect.
The next step is to raise the top about half way. I suggest this because you have more light to see what you're doing and if you are tall like me, the extra room is needed to manuever. I had no trouble locating the switch. Just look for a white wiring harness connector toward the rear of the panel opening. The switch is located just above the white connector. As described by blozano, the switch is held to a bracket by two #20 torx screws. Removing the switch was my second frustration because of the tight quarters you are working in. I had to use a small ratched and torx bit. Luckily I have a motorcycle so I've accumulated a lot of speciality tools over the years. I first tried to use a torx screwdriver, but found that it was too tall to get into the space. If you can find a torx tool like an allen wrench this would also work. Once the switch is removed the wiring harness is disconnected by pinching and pulling apart.
Now you are home free. Everything else goes back in reverse order. Put the new switch in, replace the torx screws, reconnect the wiring harness, and put the panel back on. The only snag I had was dealing with that tab at the bottom of the panel and pushing it back into the slot. It helps to have skinny arms. Don't try to force this. If you are patient and work with it enough it will finally succumb to your pressure and slip into the slot. You may have to replace any broken panel clips and be sure to reattach the courtesy light wiring harness before you snap the panel back into place. Rescrew the three panel screws, put the cupholder/armrest back into place and secure with the screw and replace the felt pad in the cupholder (remember to put the correct length screws back the way they came out). Viola, you're done! I tried the radio by raising and lowering the top several times and drove around the block and everything seems to work fine.
In all, I guess I spent about an hour and fifteen minutes on the job, but now that I've done it and know more about what is involved and what tools I need, I think I could easily do it in 30-45 minutes. I hope this helps those of you who have hesitated to try the fix. It's really not that bad; it just takes some patience and once you start the process, some of the steps that you may have trouble visualizing will become evident.
#142 of 147 Re: 2008 Solara Conv radio cutting out [rdking]
Sep 25, 2013 (1:33 pm)
Thank you so much for your detailed "How To". I bought the part ($25 in stock) and changed it out in less than 1 hour without breaking any of the plastic clips. I typically don't work on cars, but this was an easy repair (as long as you have a Torx screwdriver). This saved me so much money and hassle. Thanks to everyone who posts their knowledge for free. The internet is GREAT!
#143 of 147 No sound at all 2005 solara convertable!!
Nov 14, 2013 (11:01 pm)
The radio/cd/cassette in my 2005 solara convertable appears to function, but there is absolutely no sound at all. The sound just quit with no warning on my way home the other day. The car has the JBL Premium Audio package with GPS.. I'm wondering whether there might be a reset somewhere, a blown fuse, or perhaps the amp is cooked. Any ideas, suggestions or comments would be appreciated! Could it be the switch that I've read about in so many posts?
#144 of 147 Re: 2008 Solara Conv radio cutting out [rdking]
Nov 18, 2013 (12:25 pm)
Could you post a close up picture of the part i should disconnect, and how to disconnect it. I think i found it, but i couldn't get it apart. Could i just cut the wires ?
#146 of 147 Re: 2008 Solara Conv radio cutting out [pinche_gringo]
Nov 18, 2013 (2:19 pm)
Have pictures, please send me your e-mail as I do not know how to upload on tis site.
#147 of 147 Re: No sound at all 2005 solara convertable!! [mslexi]
Nov 18, 2013 (3:08 pm)
It is definitely the "Curiosity" switch under the panel behind the passenger seat
Remove the panel as in the instructions in this thread, having a small 3"socket handle set helps because it is a tight space. Removing the wire will leave the amp on all the time, not sure if you want that. Part was about $18 at the dealer rip-off parts counter. Don't forget there is a screw under the cup holder felt you need to remove (felt peels right up). The Switch is in line with the top up/down mechanism and sometimes hard to see. Plenty of light will help you find it. Buy the part first so you know what it looks like. Took me about 30-40 mins to complete the job.