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Back light gage cluster...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by hillinsan, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Mar 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    I think my dash light is burned out. Cant find a fuse for it. The back lite area you know the spedometer and tac. The engine light, seatbelt ect.. just not the back lit section of my gages.. Anyone can help ?
     
  2. Mar 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    What year is your truck? You will have a fuse panel under the steering wheel, there's a coin try thing in place of a beauty board in the 2nd gen iirc, and look for one that say's interior light I believe. I know that the gauge lights are fused with one of the fuses in the middle and I believe the 2nd one from the top. Just turn the ignition off and pull fuses.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    Its a 2001 trd. It has a glowflame gage backlay, which im not fond of it was in the truck when i bought it. It is annoying when its dark out and I cant see my speed..
     
  4. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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    Take it off? I'm not sure on how to do this but are the light out or is the gauge thing just not lighting up like it's supposed to?
     
  5. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    The gage isnt lighting up like its suposed to. Worked yesterday and now its not.. Was looking for a fuse maked, but didnt see one . Do you think the buld is out or is that year led?
     
  6. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM
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    "Year led", I'm not sure what you mean here. There may be a bulb out but that wouldn't affect every bulb in the cluster, we have 7 I believe. Do you have an after market radio? What fuses have you checked?
     
  7. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    stock radio, gonna continue looking at fuses tomorrow I guess. what will the fuse box be labeled for that fuse?
     
  8. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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    Illumination I believe it's called. Check under the steering wheel dash area and you'll see it to the far left as of you were sitting in the seat and there is a diagram on the back of the panel that you'll pull off.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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    Thank you.
     
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    stupid question, are you sure someone didn't turn down your instrument light dimmer
     
  11. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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    Not stupid I forgot to mention that but it has tripped me up and sent me hunting for blow fuses many times.
     
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    mine tripped me up once, i was replacing my a/c control and some of the cables and i had the dimmer disconnected and i tried turning on the lights and they didn't turn on so i though the bulbs were blown so i replaced them with the ones from my old one (which i knew were good) and it still didn't work and then it dawned on me it was unplugged and that was the whole reason for them not working.
     
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    Ok so Ive removed my gage cluster, inspected the bulbs and replaced the larger bulbs in place for the back lighting for my spedometer and tach. I still have no back lighting and the dimmer is plugged in. It all started when I was replacing a bulb on my trd supercharger gage. The key was on when i replaced a bulb and it sparked. so i turned key off to replace and now there is no back lighting. all the other lights on my dash work like seat belt rear diff ect... I cant find any burned out fused under my dash or under the hood.:( Any other suggestions? or do you think I need to take it to toyota?
     
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    I finally checked all fuses under the hood and it was a 10A fuse labelled "TAIL" Thanx alot for all your help. I hope this thread comes in handy to anyone else with this problem. Tail? wtf why would they label it tail? weird....
     
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