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Old 07-04-2019, 04:04 PM #61
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Didn't even use a pry tool, got an old credit card, use finger & nail to lift either side of the dummy just to get it off the surface a bit, slid in the card and used the card to wiggle the dummy out.
Do your fingernails look like this?

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$5 Mod in 5

If anybody purchased one and they don't have the wiring, let me know....I'll buy it off you since all the ones under $10 come from China and is a 2-4 week wait.
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I bought mine on ebay for $9 from kentucky, it shipped the next day, and showed up in 4 days.
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Thanks OP, great post. I'll be diggin' into this $5-$10 mod.

Turning the lights on during day time rain makes the NAV screen and dash lights disappear. I hope this fixes that issue.
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If anybody purchased one and they don't have the wiring, let me know....I'll buy it off you since all the ones under $10 come from China and is a 2-4 week wait.


I have one and no wiring.
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Iíll try and post up the terminal repair part numbers for those who might need to order them for Toyota if the wiring is not fully there.
Looking forward to the write up. I suspect my 2018 base sr5 will need this. Tried to pry it open with a peny and finger nail, but no luck. Will try again with a flat head or plastic pry.
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I popped up the dummy plastic piece. I just used a screw driver. A credit card was not stiff enough. At the bottom there is a blue connector with 3 wires: blue, red, and white. Since I at least have wires, I suspect the sensor ought to work.

So I'm buying an Automatic Light Control Sensor 89121-50020.

I just punched 89121-50020 into ebay and bought the cheapest offer: $6.83, free shipping- it's from China. I may be cheap, but I'm patient.

EDIT 2019-07-06 Finally got the pic to load. The dummy plastic piece, at the bottom there is a blue connector with 3 wires: blue, red, and white. This is from a 2016 SR5 Premium.
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I popped up the dummy plastic piece. I just used a screw driver. A credit card was not stiff enough. At the bottom there is a blue connector with 3 wires: blue, red, and white. Since I a least have wires, I suspect the sensor ought to work.

So I'm buying an Automatic Light Control Sensor 89121-50020.

I just punched 89121-50020 into ebay and bought the cheapest offer: $6.83, free shipping- it's from China. I may be cheap, but I'm patient.
For 8 bucks you could have it in 2 days.. just sayin
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I believe you are correct in that the premiums are fully wired to accept the sensor. The base trim models are only partially wired. I have a base SR5 and the plug was on the underside of the dummy plug for the sensor, but the wiring is dead ended at the large white connector in the dash behind the instrument cluster. I had to add three wires from that connector to a connector on the main body ECU. This was on my vehicle, but if you have a non premium and you plug the sensor in and get no dimming based on ambient light, then that is most likely why. Iíll try and post up the terminal repair part numbers for those who might need to order them for Toyota if the wiring is not fully there.

Either way, for a $5-10 sensor itís a good mod, and a wonder why itís not stock.
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This is the one I bought, it shipped from Kentucky, not sure why the listing is saying Hong Kong now

89121-50020 Automatic Light Control Sensor For Toyota Camry Tundra Sienna Lexus 735632536107 | eBay
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Thanks for the link. I didn't see one in the USA less than about $12. Mine is due in about Jul 24. I can wait.
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Looking forward to the write up. I suspect my 2018 base sr5 will need this. Tried to pry it open with a peny and finger nail, but no luck. Will try again with a flat head or plastic pry.
I guess I can do a write up if people want one? There's really nothing special to the install. You just need to be able to take your dash apart to get to connector FG1 behind the instrument cluster, and pull the knee panel below the steering column to access the front of the MPX main body ECU for connector F9. The factory wiring diagrams will tell you which pin locations on the connectors to connect. Again, not opposed to doing the write up with a few photos, but it's not super complicated. Again, this only dims the instrument panel and dashboard lights based on ambient light conditions.

Here are the connectors, Toyota terminal repair part numbers, and quantity required.

Connector F9 :82998-47010 (X3)

Connector FG1: 82998-24290 (X3)

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Lol yeah, it would make things much simpler! I'm actually surprised your 4R doesn't have the connector on the dummy plug. You could add the connector, but in order to do that you would have to pull the entire dash panel to feed the wire and connector. You can't feed the connector up under the dash because the hole where the solar sensor sits is completely encapsulated below by the defrost air ducts. No way to access it through the radio opening either. I learned that the hard way on another project.
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Lol yeah, it would make things much simpler! I'm actually surprised your 4R doesn't have the connector on the dummy plug. You could add the connector, but in order to do that you would have to pull the entire dash panel to feed the wire and connector. You can't feed the connector up under the dash because the hole where the solar sensor sits is completely encapsulated below by the defrost air ducts. No way to access it through the radio opening either. I learned that the hard way on another project.
LOL of course! No way it would be simple right
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LOL of course! No way it would be simple right
Lol nope, it would be too logical for it to be a simple process!

I just hope these cheap solar sensors last, because getting it back out of the dash if it gets stuck is going to require going from the underside (I put one in my rig too. I was going to go with the OEM, but when I saw the price of the OEM sensor I choked on my morning coffee).
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