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A Pillar?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Halena Molokai, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Feb 26, 2017 at 8:38 AM
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    Halena Molokai

    Halena Molokai [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if it's called that but has anyone removed the front drivers side? It has SRS Airbag embossed on it so not sure if it can be removed. I want to run some wires behind it. If possible, how do you remove it . Tks TW
     
  2. Feb 26, 2017 at 8:40 AM
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    Wait for the dreaded A-pillar rattle, then remove fix rattle and run wires... don't worry it wont be long ...
     
  3. Feb 26, 2017 at 9:42 AM
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    I think taco tunes has it on YouTube. Specifically for driver's side. I think it was for dash tweeter install, so search for that.

    I've pulled mine without the vid. It's just that cap that covers the single 10mm head bolt. The srs one you mentioned. Then it just pulls straight out. It's really easy, no clips. Only thing to be mindful of is reinstalling and not pinching the airbag and sliding the door flange weather seal back over. It's easy.
     
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  4. Feb 26, 2017 at 9:46 AM
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    First, disconnect the battery so your airbag doesn't go off, then behind the srs label there is a 10mm bolt, then pull off. On the passenger side there are two covers on the handle and 2 bolts, thats it.
     
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    Airbags can still go off if the battery is disconnected... Just a heads up to the OP. Do not have your face anywhere near the bag when you are working there.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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    Ok, Thanks guys
     
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  8. Feb 26, 2017 at 8:50 PM
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    Yes, electrostatic discharge can also set them off. If working near them it's best to disconnect the battery *and* keep yourself grounded. That said, we're not talking spaghetti western sweating dynamite sticks where looking at it funny sets it off.

    It takes half a minute to disconnect the negative terminal on the battery. 10mm socket on a 1/4" ratchet.

    Even when the truck is "off" there's active electronics, so the smart thing to do is disconnect the battery *anytime* you're digging around to where you're unplugging stuff. Granted, that doesn't apply to the A pillar trim piece itself, but more to the other stuff you'll likely be disconnecting while running the dashcam power wiring.
     
  10. Feb 27, 2017 at 5:51 AM
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    Wish I would had read this earlier. I popped mine off and ran a dash cam power wire behind it, popped it right back on. 5 minutes. No explosions. Take the two plastic tabs off and then remove the two 10mm bolts. It should just come right off. Reverse for install.
     
  11. Feb 27, 2017 at 6:17 AM
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    Yup, be careful. I'm in the fire service and these things go off unintentionally while working MVA's. Doesn't matter if you remove the battery cables or not. If it was me, I would find another route. Or get lucky like wjrichardson did.
     
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    Sorry to bump this but I removed my A-pillar to put some dash cam wiring behind it and out came a washer of sorts. Unfortunately, I didn't see it popped off of and I'm not sure where I should put it back on.

    Can't seem to find any diagrams either with where it may go.

    Anyone have any guesses?
     
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    Is there a washer that goes between the bolt head and the A-pillar trim?
     
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    I believe it is but i wanted to be sure

    Third image in this post.

    Also, is the gap I still have in the A-pillar OK?

    https://imgur.com/a/BN7Jn0z
     
  16. Jan 10, 2019 at 8:37 PM
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    It’s been 1.5 years since I had my Tacoma so my memory is foggy but I think that may go between the bolt head and the a pillar cover. Flat side out and tapered side in. I could be wrong. Sorry. Also, if your pillar cover fit snug before it should go back the same. I’d check weather stripping or if you added new wiring maybe you can adjust??
     
  17. Jan 11, 2019 at 5:24 AM
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    I checked the stripping and wiring but it was getting dark when I did. I'll have to check it again this weekend.

    My Powermagic EZ may not be working correctly either (turned it off and then on to see if it worked) and well the green light no longer blinks which I believe should indicate it's in parking mode.

    So I may have to do this all again anyway :annoyed:
     
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