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Backlit gauges

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by dgjones, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Jun 23, 2009 at 8:27 AM
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    dgjones

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    Ok I have a question about the dash gauges in my 09 Taco. The gauges are always lit up, I can't shut them off...is this normal? I have never had a car with gauges that stayed lit even in daytime.
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  2. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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    AR_Taco

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    My 07 will only light up after I turn the head lights on, but toyota changed a few things on the 09s so not sure if this is normal.
     
  3. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    If you have day time running lights the back lights will more than likely stay lit.
     
  4. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM
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    Yes normal. They are lit due to the fact that they are far recessed into the dash, thus under normal daytime driving conditions there is the potential to have difficulty accurately reading them in situations such as dark rainy/snowy days.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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    uood8

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    mine stay on all the time...i don't think it is tied to the DTRL's because my guages are on before my DTRL's come on.
     
  6. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:52 AM
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    dgjones

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    Ok thanks guys, guess it's just something that I'll have to get used to :)
     
  7. Jun 23, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    You have tested the dimmer option correct? :confused:
     
  8. Jun 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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    dgjones

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    Yes I have..I could prob just dim the lights all the way down during the day.
     
  9. Jun 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM
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    kilgoja

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    most all newer cars have this feature now...it's so on overcast days or if you drive through a tunnel or something you can still see your guages...maybe some kind of safety thing....has nothing to do with drl which i think are a stupid invention..lol
     
  10. Jun 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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    NAAC3TACO

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    I don't have DTRLs and my guages are always backlit. They dim down when I turn on my headlights, but you can adjust the brightness with the dial to the left of the guage cluster on the dash.
     
  11. Jun 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    NAAC3TACO

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    I just noticed at lunch that if you turn the dial all of the way down, the lights will go dark.
     
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