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Attn. 09, 11, 12 Headlight lense will melt

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 808brian, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    808brian

    808brian [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just letting everyone know my service rep said that the headlight lenses will melt because of daY time running light.
    Just aheads up. any questions, call toyota
     
  2. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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    do we have day time running lights??or are you just saying if you turn your yellow driving lights on all the time ??
     
  3. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    speedfreek

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    I hope mine doesn't melt! But if it does I guess I would have a reason to do the BHLM without any worries of making it look worse.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    aznutx

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    what? so those with day time running lights, myself included, will have melted headlight lenses? kinda ...-.-
     
  5. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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    TnRedNeck721

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    i have a ’07 and it dose NOT have dtrl! but i keep my head lights and fogs on like all the time. i had them on for over 2 months never turned them off. only time they wear off is when the truck was off. i have not had any melting at all.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    Yes the yellow day time running lights. No matter what you do it will melt. They already remade the defective headlights to replace. Its not on recall yet, I think if it happens theyll just replace it
     
  7. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    you said 09, 11, and 12 so are 2010's good?
     
  8. Oct 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    That happened to mine and I got them replaced under warranty just after 36K miles.

    When I got this done I changed the DRL's to LED to prevent this from happening again.

    The dealer told me they would only replace them once.

    See below cracked inner reflector from melting:

    IMG00087.jpg
     
  9. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    This makes no sense.

    Day Time Running Lights (I don't know of any Tacomas that have this, at least in the US?) are typically lower in wattage than the headlights or driving/fog lights.

    By this claim you would also run the risk of your lights 'melting' just simply by driving at night.

    This needs clarifying.
     
  10. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Daytime Running Lights are mandatory on the Canadian models and have been since about 2005 I believe , I haven't heard Toyota Canada has had to replace everybody's headlights yet .
     
  11. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    All Canadian trucks are equipped with DTRL standard from the factory.


    Erm... yea ^^
     
  12. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    :wave:

    my truck has them.
     
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    You're right most day time running lights, GM products specifically, use the high beam bulb at IIRC 30%. On U.S. market Tacomas that are equipped with DRL it is the yellow bulbs closest to the grill that are lit, not the head lamps.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    Pretty sure the drls use the turn signal bulbs, so unplugging them will leave you no front turn signals. Any other way to disable the drls?
     
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    Mine have been on for more than 50k miles and show no sign of cracking. Maybe it is a climate or regional thing?
     
  16. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    Not every Tacoma with dtrl will have a melted headlight lens. To say that all '09,'11 and '12 trucks equipped with dtrl will melt the lenses is ludicrous and wrong.
     
  17. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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    My bad and includes 2010
     
  18. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM
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    I believe in '08 the US versions had DTRL standard, before then it was a option. There is even a mod to make yours into a DTRL. I would go LED if you have them now or plan on having them later, I have not personally had one melted come thru yet, maybe its just the certain climates?
     
  19. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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    My 07 has dtrl and have no issues yet, but maybe I'll go to led to prevent anything in the future.
     
  20. Oct 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    I don't believe this at all.

    Having sold headlights and headlight kits on other forums for other cars the ONLY time there was an issue was when people would swap in higher wattage bulbs.

    Then usually it was the wiring or the lens right where the socket is.

    I have a feeling this is totally false or there is more to the story than is being disclosed.
    Therefore I call an official trolling alert.
     
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