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Toyota Tacoma Electrical and Lighting Issues



  • mtrialsmmtrialsm Posts: 159
    My 2009 quad-cab Tacoma, the headlights lense area in front of the daytime running lights have melted and cracked. I see this reported on other Toyota forums, so I thought I post it here. Check your headlights. Since my truck has 47k miles on it, Toyota will not replace lights. I feel this is a safety issue and have filled a complaint to the DOT safety site.
    Since new, the radio has been replaced, the rear spring and shocks were replaced, a recall on the floor mats, and a TSP on the steering clock spring. Oh well that about like the history of the 2001 Dakota that I sold to get my Tacoma. At least I got 20.75 mpg on my last fill-up.
  • smitty74smitty74 Posts: 1
    Three months out of warranty and with 34,000 miles I have fuel sensor light indicator issue with my 2009 Tacoma. When I asked Toyota if they would cover the repair cost of $300 they said no. Their response reminds me of how GM treated customers in the 80's. I haven't bought a GM product since then and plan to do the same with Toyota.
  • stumblesmcgeestumblesmcgee Posts: 2
    edited April 2013
    I've encountered this reoccurring problem with the headlights/dashboard lights in my 2003 Toyota Tacoma where they'll go out when I'm driving. It happens 90% of the time during wet weather conditions (snow/rain). If I turn my headlights off and then turn then back on, they'll come back on. I've read several topics here where people have experienced problems with them randomly turning on, but I have the complete opposite problem. This proves to be a huge problem as it hinders my ability to drive at night.

    More recently, I've noticed that sometimes the dashboard lights remain on when the headlights go out. Each time this happens, I simply turn them off and then turn them back on and the lights will come on again. There's definitely a short somewhere, but I have no idea where to start looking or who I could take it to to have it looked at without costing me an arm and a leg.

    I did see a thread regarding looking at the trailer harness hookup near the rear license plate. The reason I'm thinking of starting there first as I have noticed that occasionally my right blinker light will go solid when I apply my breaks. This doesn't happen 100% of the time, however, which further solidifies in my mind that there's a short somewhere. Anyone else encountered this problem and have a fix?
  • moserjmoserj Posts: 1

    I have a 2003 Toyota Tacoma and the dashboard lights are not working great. The RPM gauge has not been lighting up for some time, but I can still get the Speedometer to light up.

    Is there any easy fixes for this? I was wondering if the light went out, or if the electrical wires are corroding. I'm not sure though, because it also looks like some light is coming through.

    I was wondering if there may be an easy fix.

  • I have the same problem: 2003 standard cab Tacoma, and long ago the dash lights would go out on occasion and I could slap the top of the console and they would come back on. At first, if I remember correctly, it was just half of the gauges, now it is everything. Now they are out completely all the time. I don't have a solution, but it must be either a short or a loose connection. I will look under the dash and see if I can spot anything.
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