How To: Stop ALL Toyota Beeping

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How To: Stop ALL Toyota Beeping

Post by SeattleJeremy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:52 pm

Toyota's (and by proxy the Vibe) are the worst on the market for beeps. Door open key in the ignition, Key in the ignition with no seatbelt, Driving over 5mph with someone or something in the passenger seat, Traction control going off, ABS going off. Key out of ignition headlights on this is the only useful one.
I have what some may call an aversion to things beeping. Many things set this off: Cell phones, default computer sounds, and automobile beeps. Today I finally did something about it, and I took pictures. When I read about the "How To : Disable Seat belt Beep" on Matrixowners, I was so happy. viewtopic.php?f=28&t=14893 . Sadly this fix did not eliminate all beeps. Edit: 7/7/19 Double sadly MO is gone, too, updated the link with a genvibe post.

A while back I was developing white faced gauges for the Matrix/Vibe, that didn't go very well due to the dark plastic that covers the gauges. Luckily, I hung on to the 03-04 and 05-08 gauges I purchased on eBay, and was able to test this hack on these without damaging the cluster in my Vibe.

Disclaimer : As with any modification this may void your warranty, and I am not responsible for the damage you may do to your automobile. Always wear your seat belt, Click-it-or-Ticket. I always wear my seat belt.

This modification will remove the button speaker on the back of the Gauge cluster that is responsible for all the beeping listed above. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 5 it's a 2

I have verified this mod can be performed on 03-04 Matrix/Vibes (all models), and 05-08 Matrix/Vibes (all models). This mod may also work on other Toyota cars such as the Corolla, Celica, and MR2. If you verify this fix works on other vehicles please post up.

Now without further delay.
Remove the gauge cluster from the dash. Lower the Steering wheel to the lowest setting, and lock it in place. On a Matrix/Vibe pull on the round chrome shroud that surrounds the gauge cluster (it will come off easily). There is one Philips head screw, that needs to be removed at the top center. There are two clips that hold the gauge cluster in place, on the far left and right bottom. With a flash light you should be able to see them. With your screwdriver push the top of the clip, and it should come loose. The arrow below shows where to push on the clip.
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When the cluster is free, move the bottom forward and the top back. Then disconnect the wiring harness (03-04 has one harness, 05-08 has two). Then remove it from the dash, and take it to a well lit place.
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On the back there are 10-11 screws that need to be removed. Don't take the front plastic off, we don't want to move the needles around, they are a pain to calibrate.
Here is the 03-04 Back
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Here is the 05-08 Back
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Now that the back is off it should look like this.
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The Black round speaker looking thing is what we are going for. Take a flat head screw driver, and carefully pry it up on one side.
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Then do the same on the other
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Once both sides are up a bit the speaker will pull right off.
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Next bend the leads down, just make sure they are not touching.
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Reassemble everything, making sure all screws are used.
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Installing the cluster is the reverse of the removal.
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There you have it, just make sure to turn your headlights off, and live beep free.
Edit: 7/7/19 moved images to imgur.
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Post by zionzr2 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:40 pm

Excellent Write Up!!This Just got added to the Mod Index!

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Post by zionzr2 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:42 pm

One sugestion i would add would be that instead of a resistor or nothing to wire in a led or somesort of light to indicate the warning the audiable one used to.

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Post by psiu » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:03 pm

Even better would be to just stick a small piece of tape over the hole in the speaker. The beep would be nearly inaudible, and actually mounted in the vehicle facing away with an engine running would be practically inaudible. Those little piezoelectric beepers get muffled very easily.

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Post by SeattleJeremy » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:07 am

Quote, originally posted by zionzr2 »One sugestion i would add would be that instead of a resistor or nothing to wire in a led or somesort of light to indicate the warning the audiable one used to.The tricky part about putting a light there is these types of speakers don't us much power, maybe an LED would work.But the light would not be seen at all because this is on the back of the gauge cluster, and it's likely to not be seen at all. Quote, originally posted by psiu »Even better would be to just stick a small piece of tape over the hole in the speaker. The beep would be nearly inaudible, and actually mounted in the vehicle facing away with an engine running would be practically inaudible. Those little piezoelectric beepers get muffled very easily.Yes, this is another option. Maybe some foam tape, to insulate it more, would have been better for most people. For me, I wanted to be 100% sure I would not hear the beeps again. Thanks for the comments guys!
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Re: How To: Stop ALL Toyota Beeping (Jeremy96gase)

Post by sagittarius » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:43 am

Rather than trashing the speaker .... There is a trace on the circuit board leading to one leg/pin of the speaker. Carefully scrape/cut the trace with a exacto knife or razor blade. If it becomes neccessary to repair the speaker, solder a short piece of wire accross the cut trace. Just a thoughtl
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Post by deter » Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:40 am

fyi I tried the tape on the speaker, barely muffles it. Still beeping and annoying

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Post by SeattleJeremy » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:41 am

Guess, I should update this. I have left my lights on a few times. Only once, have I needed a jump. Still glad I did it :D
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Post by PenderKent » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:47 pm

I was a bit hesitant to disable all the beeps, but instead tried to reduce the level of the beeps as has been suggested. I used hot melt glue, both around the base and over the top sound hole.I found that by covering the top sound hole I could reduce the sound down to about a 1/4 of full volume. I then tried again with squeezing some hot melt glue into the top sound hole as well as covering the top sound hole and was able to reduce the sound to about 1/10th of what full volume was.

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Post by bassrocker032 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:05 am

Couldn't you just keep your lights on automatic and leave it at that so you never have to bother with turning them on or off? That way you don't have to worry about leaving them on or anything again.
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Post by 129CBRider » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:21 am

Thanks, been wanting to unhook that speaker for years...couldn't find it...no wonder. Like to play the stereo with the doors open without the incessant annoyance.
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Post by Empire1300 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:42 am

I have to say that this post was useful for me, even years later, just for the matrix link to disable the seatbelt beeping. CANNOT say THANKS enough for that! The ~1 min beeping every time I set my backpack in the passenger seat was intolerable (stupid, heavy grad school books too).

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Post by jake75 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:59 am

Fasten the belt - it goes away. At my age I need all the reminders I can get. And I'm hard of hearing so the beeps aren't that bothersome. I can barely notice the turn signal clicks.
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Post by SeattleJeremy » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:36 am

Thanks for the reply's everyone! I sometimes turn on my headlights when it's raining or snowing. Such as, when it's light out, but visibility at ground level is low. Sense completing this mod, I've drained my battery with the headlights three times (in four+ years). The security guards at work helped twice, and I was having breakfast with some friends the third time. I've always kept jumper cables in the car to help other people, and have done so more times than my car has needed it, so I think Karma's on my side so far. Cheers,-Jeremy
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Post by Esteban » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:49 pm

I am the opposite . I am about 70% deaf & wish mine , 2010 Vieb , beeper was louder. Dealer sayd there is no volume adjustment

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Post by SeattleJeremy » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:14 am

It's not surprising that the dealer didn't want to touch this. Changing this part would likely void the warranty on the Gauge Cluster. Thankfully it's really rare anything goes wrong with these.The speaker is in the back of the cluster facing the front of the car (away from the driver). It wouldn't take much to install a new "Piezo Buzzer" speaker closer to or even facing the driver. In your case I'd mount a new speaker on one of the switch blanks left of the steering column. Once removed it will be hard to reuse the stock speaker due to its construction. Most of Piezo's just take 12VDC between 7mA-10mA. Radio Shack carry ones from 70-95+ db. I didn't check the stock one when I pulled it out. But it should be easy to dissemble and check the voltages. Once the stock speaker is off.If you don't want to do this modification yourself any automotive electronics repair place should be able to complete the work with about an hour of labor. If you decide to do this please let us know how you did it. Regards,-Jeremy
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Post by Chuck McKnight » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:44 am

This has just been added to my to-do list of mods for the car.
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Post by A Psycho Martyr » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:44 am

I decided against it when I realized I had to disable auto headlights for my projectors.Having this reminder hat I left my halos on is awesome

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Post by Chuck McKnight » Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:12 am

Wait, are you saying that this mod disables auto-headlights or that you disabled your auto-headlights for something else? As long as the auto-headlights still work, there shouldn't be a problem here. Plus, I always keep a battery jump box in my car just in case.
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Post by A Psycho Martyr » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:22 am

No, this mod has absolutely nothing to do with auto h/lI'm saying since I disabled mine for the projectors... I NEED the beep to remind me.lol

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Post by Chuck McKnight » Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:11 am

My Vibe annoys no longer!
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Post by SeattleJeremy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:35 pm

Bump. Re-uploaded the pictures.

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Post by dnoishere » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:42 pm

...I did mine the other day...easy...thanks!!

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Post by SeattleJeremy » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:22 pm

My Vibe now has more than 185k miles and I am just as happy with this mod as I was when I did it.
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Post by mktrat » Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:14 am

Silence............. yeah it's awesome!!

Thanks for the awesome write-up. I would have done this years ago if I had found you guys and realized how simple it was to achieve this wonderful, glorious, awe inspiring result!!
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Post by ImUrOBGYN » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:25 am

Haha I use my beeping to "attack" my passengers and teach them whatever lesson is needed at the time. A minute of all the beeps going off before we back out the driveway is usually enough to get my passengers to agree to anything. :twisted:

Either way, thank you for taking the time to continue helping others with this model.
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Post by MrWhoopee » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:01 pm

And to think I went out of my way to INSTALL a beeper in my Civic Wagons so I wouldn't leave the headlights on! The key is being able to select which events are beep-worthy and which are not. It's all about control.
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Post by Caretaker » Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:14 am

huh, and I'd do anything to add some "Toyota beeping" to my Vibe. Specifically, I find it criminal that our Vibes did not come with the ability to locate our car using the remote. It sure would come in handy in a crowded airport parking lot/garage after returning from a trip, or even a crowded mall shopping plaza when it is raining and you want to get to the car as fast as possible. All Corollas assembled right behind ours have the "lock button beep." I sure wish ours did. I guess we are left to hit the panic button and really annoy those around us.
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Post by AlexandreHupe » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:09 pm

Hey, anybody knows if the modif is the same for 2010 model?

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Post by SeattleJeremy » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:44 pm

The dash and gauge cluster on the 09+ Vibe/Matrix have similar design features, even down to the three mounting points. On the newer ones they opted for three bolts instead of the silly clip setup on the 03-08's. Check out the pictures of the cluster in this random ebay listing for reference https://www.ebay.com/itm/192788055311

Sorry, I haven't been able to find a picture of the 09+ circuit broad.
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Post by Bookworm » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:14 pm

As near as I can tell, if you get an aftermarket car alarm, a lot of those beeps and boops are programmable.

Oh - and if I am close enough to my car to set of the alarm with my remote, I'm close enough to see the lights flash.

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Post by SeattleJeremy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:58 pm

I was getting a bunch of emails from Photobucket, so I moved the pictures to Imgur. Please let me know if there is any trouble with them. Cheers everyone.
Edit: Three days after updating this post, and deleting all photos from photobucket, I got another email about going over :lol:
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