THE DOOR BUZZER on a 99 4RUNNER
Application: 99 4Runner V6 4x4
Updated: 1/20/15 (original 1/04)
Philips head screwdriver
Rachet wrench with 10mm and 12mm sockets
I am providing this write up for illustrative purposes only.
Perform at your own risk. Any mods (including this one) you perform on your
vehicle is your responsibility. Commercial use of this write up will result
in legal action as well as the undying scorn from members of the online
Toyota 4Runner community. You've been warned.
This writeup shows you how to mute the piezo door
bell on your 1999 4Runner. I did this on my first 99 4Runner because I
like to open all my doors and listen to the stereo. Of course, the factory
piezo bell will constantly ring. But this mod takes care of the problem
the following: if you mute or disable the piezo bell and you leave your
lights on, you may no longer hear any warning bing-ing from the piezo
bell. That means all sounds generated by any actions (door open, lights
on, etc) by it, so keep that in mind before proceeding. But for 99 - 02,
I don't think is such a big problem because the lights automatically shut
off after a period of time.
1: Removing Your Gauge Cluster
Unhook the negative battery terminal on the battery. Also,
move the seat way back or just unbolt the four bolts and remove the seat.
You’ll need some room to work here.
following four 10mm bolts as shown in the picture below. Carefully detach
the lower plastic panel and move to the side. You will notice that there
are two cables in the lower left hand corner which prevent you from entirely
removing it out of your 4runner. Those cables attach to the fuel door
and hood levers and are held by two philips head screws each. If you want
the extra room, then remove them.
4 bolts as shown above
Step 2: Removing the Black Instrument Panel Trim Pieces
There are a total of four screws
that hold the black plastic trim pieces onto the instrument cluster (aka
"combination meter"). To
remove these plastic pieces, first pop off the ignition key trim panel,
and then remove the the two screws as shown below:
then remove this screw
two screws that covers the instrument cluster. Use a short handled philips
head screwdriver for these screws. Now you are ready to remove the gauge
illumination dial and the alarm LED and glass breakage sensor. See the
picture below as reference:
these two screws
gauge illumination dial (A) and
unscrew the fastening nut. Reach
behind the trim panel and unfasten the
LED (B) and glass breakage sensor (C)
On the gauge
illumination dial, remove the plastic dial by pulling towards you. Take
your 8mm socket wrench head and unscrew the nut. Set aside in a plastic
you have the factory alarm system installed, reach under the back of the
alarm LED light and give it a gentle twist. The catch mechanism will release,
allowing you to pull out the LED. Do the same with the glass breakage
Step 3: Removing the Cluster
There are four screws holding the Instrument Cluster. Remove
those screws and set them aside. Now you are ready to unplug the connections
and pull out the Instrument Cluster.
wriggle the combination out. There are a total of 5 bundled clips of wires
that are attached to the combination meter. Now is a good time to put
on that headlamp or other source of light so you can see well and unplug
them. To remove, press down on the clips and pull straight out.
the 4 screws shown above
the five plug connectors here. Push down on the plug clip and pull
out. It's a tight fit!
now pull out the Instrument Cluster.
Step 4: Removing the Protective Cover and Disabling the Bell
Take the instrument cluster out and place it face down on your bath towel.
Unscrew the four (?) screws that hold the white plastic cover to the instrument
cluster. From this point, you need to decide whether you want to permanently
disable it or mute it.
the cover (C). I believe there are 3 or 4 screws to remove
5: Muting the Bell
Originally in 2004, I wrote to:
"Take your cordless drill and *carefully* pierce the two membranes with
your drill bit. Use the smallest drill bit you can. As for the "feel"
of the membrane, it is *very* tight so if you feel like you're not making
progress, that is why. Have some patience and let the drill bit do its
While this worked for me on my original 1999 4Runner (which my brother totalled), I would recommend a less invasive method which I recommended as optional. Thus, I recommend that you squeeze in some silicone sealant
in the bell housing.
Fill the bell housing (M) with silicone sealant
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