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Old 12-23-2012, 03:20 PM   #61
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Never noticed my Day time running lights until I was lurking and noticed this thread .
My 2010 has melted from the rear of the headlight housing , not the front as shown in the pics .
Too add to the frustration , my wiring harness that holds both bulbs in place is also melted . I am glad i was able to catch this in time . The lights come on with the command start and with the truck running in my garage , I wouldnt want a fire to start . I think its just a matter of time before one of these catches fire . They must get very very hot . I did order aftermarket LED,s for the DTRL but will not be installing until I talk with the dealer .hopefully they will replace the complete headlight assembly
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2013's have the option of turning off the dtrl's. Yay yeah
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:09 AM   #63
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Toyota was being a PITA so I said screw it. Bought a replacement DRL lense only for $9 and just added an on/off switch for them myself until I replace with LEDs
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:43 AM   #64
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Had the opportunity to speak with the service manager at the stealership .
First he said that he had never seen or heard of the issue before ,then he told me that I have not been installing the bulbs properly causing the burning issue on the wiring harness for both day time running lights and giving me a dirty look as he was explaining this to me .
You gotta click them into place and you cant use aftermarket bulbs .
Told him I have always used the genuine Toyota bulbs and have been clicking them into place .
I showed him the technical service bulletin and he laughed at me .
Thats when I walked out the door .
Lets just say on that day , that dealership lost a good paying customer !!!!!
Guess I will be replacing everything myself and installing the LED bulbs .
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:40 PM   #65
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I didn't know that other members have had this issue, I just replaced my whole headlamp housings due to not having an oven to open the headlight and also due to the haziness of my headlamp housings. I too had my DTRL melt and crack. ~ 100k miles.
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my 08 hasnt melted yet but my cousins 08 is starting to melt and my brother in laws 07 are melting
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09 and melted bubbling DTRL lenses

I am planing on going to the dealership for this to be corrected.
I didn't know this thread even exsisted, I suggest it is brought to the attention of a moderator or administrator to make this thread a sticky.

Thank you for starting this thread.
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Toyota was being a PITA so I said screw it. Bought a replacement DRL lense only for $9 and just added an on/off switch for them myself until I replace with LEDs
Do you have a link, source, or part number to the lense you bought?
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Do you have a link, source, or part number to the lense you bought?
As far as I am aware, the lens cannot be purchased separately. It is built inside the headlight assembly and cannot be replaced without baking your lights to open them (see bhlm how-to for instructions on this). I got my lenses from someone who does retrofits as a local service here and had a bunch laying around from people who chose not to put the lens back in after doing the bhlm. He is out now. I have a set (1 driver and 1 passenger side lens) and only plan on replacing my driver side. May be willing to part with passenger side lens only if someone really needs it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:40 AM   #70
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Had the problem on my 10. Under warranty and dealer replaced no problem.
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Had the problem on my 10. Under warranty and dealer replaced no problem.
Yeah because of the current TSB that is out, dealers don't have a whole lot of choice on the matter if your within original 3/36 warranty. As soon as you hit 36,001 miles though, most dealers find no reason to help, even with extended warranties. My Toyota ExtraCare Platinum 10yr/100k warranty even denied the claim.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:51 PM   #72
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I have a '09 Tacoma X-runner and have no melting or burn marks, I see a lot of Tacoma's around here and have never seen any of them with this problem either.
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Interesting. I took a drive to 3 local dealers and looked and every single used 2nd gen Tacoma for sale at all 3 dealers. Didn't find a single truck that did NOT have this issue. It really seems to be hit and miss.
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Melted lens

Just bought 2009 Tacoma access cab, with 42000 miles. My lens are melted and cracked over the amber bulbs. Wish me luck when I take it to the dealer.
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Just bought 2009 Tacoma access cab, with 42000 miles. My lens are melted and cracked over the amber bulbs. Wish me luck when I take it to the dealer.
2009 is out of warranty, they'll be happy to replace them for $700 unless Toyota issues a recall between now and when you take it in.
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In my '05 I replaced both DTRL's with LEDs. Lenses were showing signs of heat issues, the wire harness slightly melted and brown was more disturbing to me. Obviously too much heat generated by the original bulbs. Led's aren't as bright but safer.
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There is a thread here that if you replace the 4157's w/ 3157's you'll be in good shape.
I, of course was too late to find this out, and my dealer has "generously" offered to replace them for $500 dollars...after I called Toyota to file a complaint and they transferred me (after I told them I was out of warranty and it's bullshit business, the TSB runs for six..YES, SIX model years!!!!! '05-'11).

Here is a post I made in another thread about this BS:

"I called Toyota corporate and filed a complaint just to get it on the record.
(They offered to pay half, pffft.) 800-331-4331

Also filed w/ the DOT here: https://www.oig.dot.gov/dot-oig-hotline-complaint-form

And another here: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ (Safecar.gov)

I would recommend that you fill out the DOT forms and explain that this is a safety issue and not just a cosmetic one.

Here was my comment:

"Daytime Running Lights are too hot causing the plastic lenses to crack, melt, and burn.
Toyota is treating this as purely cosmetic in T-SB # 0129-11 (for 6 model years they were aware of it).
This listing should be changed to a safety recall, that amount of heat could start a vehicle fire."


Here's the thread: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...un-lights.html
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:58 PM   #78
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hey follows my thread

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-daylight.html
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:55 PM   #79
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Damn.... I have 64,000 miles
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Just saw that my DTRLs are melting on my 2010. Dealer wants $450 each installed.
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