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Old 07-10-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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DRL's melting need new cover!!!

Hey guys, I bought my used Tacoma about 3 months ago and want to retrofit my headlights. My DRL covers are completely melted and cracked and discolored though. I called Toyota and visited a dealership and I'm so fed up with them. Told me since my warranty is expired that they cant fix them and the only way to get it fixed is to get a brand new housing on both sides for 1200$..... and that they dont sell a piece from a recall is beyond me.So they want me to pay for something that was their fault which makes no sense at all. If ANYONE has any info on where I can get a new cover or alternate ideas I would greatly appreciate it. Because as of right now I'm pretty pissed with Toyota right now. Thanks!
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Hey guys, I bought my used Tacoma about 3 months ago and want to retrofit my headlights. My DRL covers are completely melted and cracked and discolored though. I called Toyota and visited a dealership and I'm so fed up with them. Told me since my warranty is expired that they cant fix them and the only way to get it fixed is to get a brand new housing on both sides for 1200$..... and that they dont sell a piece from a recall is beyond me.So they want me to pay for something that was their fault which makes no sense at all. If ANYONE has any info on where I can get a new cover or alternate ideas I would greatly appreciate it. Because as of right now I'm pretty pissed with Toyota right now. Thanks!
I just took mine out and use an amber bulb. But I have a 2007
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:05 PM   #3
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I just took mine out and use an amber bulb. But I have a 2007
Im already going to replace the bulb with an LED amber but i need a new cover because it looks like trash all melted and cracked and im not going to retrofit it with that yellow tinted, melted, cracked plastic!
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:25 PM   #5
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Big thread on melting DRL lenses
Post link of one with a solution? cause ive seen a bunch with people just talking about how its melted.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:07 PM   #7
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I think you can push the lense loose from behind with a screw driver and it will unclip. Then you reach in with long nose pliers and grab the lense so you can chop it into pieces with side cutters or a similar tool and extract the pieces through the bulb hole. Sounds like a lot of work but you won't have to use the oven trick and risk leaking headlights.
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Remove the melted lense either by disassembling the assembly, or doing as the previous poster suggested, if you dismantle them do the Black Headlight Mod while you are at it. That lense does not belong in there clearly and removing will get you back to proper conditions.
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This melted DRL lens thing is quite a mystery as my Canadian 2009 has had them illuminated everytime I drive since fall of '08 and mine are like new
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I notice that the lenses on the majority of the 2nd gens tend to yellow out over time, making them look real crappy like. I'm glad they made those lenses removable. Not that it's even an existent problem on my '12.
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Toyota has a recall on melted lens in headlights.. I just got mine replaced for free..
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Toyota has a recall on melted lens in headlights.. I just got mine replaced for free..
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Mine are melting to! I'm still under warranty. I'll post let you know the outcome.
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I think you can push the lense loose from behind with a screw driver and it will unclip. Then you reach in with long nose pliers and grab the lense so you can chop it into pieces with side cutters or a similar tool and extract the pieces through the bulb hole. Sounds like a lot of work but you won't have to use the oven trick and risk leaking headlights.
That's what I did.


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I Work for a Toyota dealership. Toyota did just release an extended warranty campaign (6/25/14) on the Tacoma headlamp assy.'s for this reason. jeffvt0508 is being truthful! Go get them fixed ASAP! Attached is the info on this warranty extension.
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thanks. Felt like people didn't believe me...lol
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I Work for a Toyota dealership. Toyota did just release an extended warranty campaign (6/25/14) on the Tacoma headlamp assy.'s for this reason. jeffvt0508 is being truthful! Go get them fixed ASAP! Attached is the info on this warranty extension.
does this warranty apply to tacomas that did not come with factory drl? like for someone who added the drl relay.
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My factory called it a recall and for anyone that chose to get them fixed and had issues other places to come to them
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