How to Remove the Fujitsu / Denso OEM Navigation Screen (Head Unit) on a 2003 Toyota 4Runner Limited Edition (LE)

Special thanks to Rando for making this guide possible!

Get ready, because taking out your navigation head unit means taking apart your interior!

Go slow and be careful. You should have no problem, especially with the help of this guide. Allow yourself about an hour to take the interior apart and about an hour to put it back together. Don't rush!

Tools you'll need: flathead screwdriver, #10 metric wrench, pliers (optional)

Step 1: Removing the Console Upper Rear Panel Sub-Assembly

This step is fairly easy. The assembly just pops out. Start from the back and work your way forward.

The Interior (Before You Do Anything)


You'll Want to Start From One of These Corners. Pry the corner out using a screwdriver, but be careful not to damage your interior. It should come up fairly easy.


Once you get the two corners up, it should come out pretty easily.


You'll need to remove these four connectors. Some of them are actually a pain to remove, but take your time and be patient. It may help to use a pliers. Once you remove the connectors, put this assembly aside.


Step 2: Removing the Console Panel Sub-Assembly Upper

This step is the easiest of all. This assembly literally just comes out. But, be careful anyway!

Gently pull on the assembly from the rear. There are two clips that should release pretty easily


Once the clips are released, just give the assembly a firm tug, and it should come right out.


This picture just shows the intermediate stage of pulling this assembly out



Step 3: Removing the Instrument Panel Finish Panel Sub-Assembly Lower

This step seems intimidating, but it's really not bad. Just follow the steps and take your time.

You'll need to remove both of these screws


Removing these screws made me wish I had a ratchet wrench


Removing these screws made me wish I had a ratchet wrench


Once those bolts are removed, it's time to remove this panel. Give the unit a firm tug here.


Get this side fully removed before proceeding to the other side


Next, work on removing the other side. Again, a firm tug should do it.


Once the panel is fully removed, just let it hang. No need to go through the trouble of disconnecting all the connectors.


Step 4: Removing the Air Conditioning Control Assembly

The hardest part about this step is actually pulling the AC Control Panel off. It really requires a good yank, and I felt like I was going to break something.

There is a bolt just above the gas pedal that you'll need to remove. If there are two there, remove the one that the wrench in my picture is touching.


Next, you'll need to remove the little plastic center console storage cubby. Just pop it open and lift it up gently. It should come out pretty easily.


This is just a picture after you remove that storage cubby.


Remove this bolt before continuing


Get ready to rip this thing out! Start from this corner. It really requires a hard yank.


Once you get it out a bit, you're in good shape.


Grasp it from each side like this and tug it for the final part of the removal.


Now you'll need to disconnect that wire and place the AC Control Unit aside.


Step 5: Removing the Instrument Cluster Finish Panel Sub-Assembly Center

This step isn't bad. It's mostly a matter of wiggling the center panel out. You'll see what I mean :)

You'll need to remove both of the bolts at the bottom of the head unit.


The silver plastic assembly is what we are removing


I found it easiest to start here. As usual, you'll just be popping the unit out.


You'll need to remove the hazard lights connector


Next, remove both of these connectors (on the left side of the assembly)



Step 6: Removing the Head Unit (FINALLY!)


This is just a picture of where we're at now.


Remove the bolt on the left side of the head unit


Remove the bolt on the right side of the head unit as well


Now the unit will slide right out!


Just a picture showing the connectors on the back of the unit.


Another picture showing the connectors on the back of the unit.