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1st Gen(poss others),no tail/gauge lights unless remote started

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by exminnesotaboy, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Jun 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    exminnesotaboy [OP] Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2009
    Maple Grove, MN
    01 Tacoma 4x4 V6 Xtra Cab
    Bilstein 5100's / OME 881's / Wheelers 5 leaf pack / ProComp 1069 wheels / 265/75-16 Michelin LTX tires
    Odd scenario that I am hoping someone may have some experience with:

    No parking (tails & front corners) lights and no gauge lights with or without key in ignition. Everything else works perfectly(including headlights and brake lights).

    Here is where it gets interesting: All parking lights/gauge lights work fine when I use my remote start(DEI/Avital 5103) to start the vehicle:
    - parking lights flash when arming/disarming
    - parking lights/dash lights remain on when started remotely as they are supposed to

    However, when I put the key in the ignition and step on the brake(steps required to disarm security once in vehicle), the vehicle continues to run and function, but the parking and dash lights go out.

    Steps I have taken to attempt fix, with no changes in behavior:
    - replaced light switch(on steering column)
    - replaced alarm/remote start 'brain'
    - removed alarm brain altogether
    - all bulbs are good(verified by remote starting)
    - replaced fuses under dash and under hood 2x that would apply to circuits affected(none were burned out)
    - replaced taillight relay under hood
    - removed trailer hitch wiring
    - verified rheostat works fine(verified by remote starting)

    Note: the remote start has been in the vehicle for approx 18 months with no issues

    Some basic TWorld and Google searches came up with a few other folks having similar issues (with Tacomas and other Toyotas), but no real solutions.

    any insight anyone can provide would be appreciated!

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