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compass/temp display

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by mhagie, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Jun 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    mhagie

    mhagie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    In the daytime when the sun is out I can't read the temp/compass display
    as it is just too dim to see.:mad:
    At night its ok.
    It does not change brightness whether the headlights are on or off.
    Am I the only one with this issue?
    Asked the dealer and all I got was DUH never heard of that problem.
    Thanks, Merle
     
  2. Jun 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    Jester243

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    with or without sunglasses?

    Welcome to TW :wave:
     
  3. Jun 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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  4. Jun 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    Ditto. If your sunglasses are polarized, perhaps that's the problem? Otherwise, no I've never seen that. Mine doesn't change brightness with the headlights, but it's pretty easy to read.
     
  5. Jun 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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    The point is the display is a lot dimmer than for instance the clock.The clock is way brighter than the compass/temp display.
    Is this normal or just my truck.
    Merle
     
  6. Jun 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM
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    The clock is definitely brighter. Even the background of the clock glows orange, whereas the compass/temp background is black, and the writing is definitely a few notches down the brightness meter.
     
  7. Jun 16, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    It is an LED display, not LCD.

    Polarized sunglasses will not dim it (at least more than the normal dimness of the glasses.

    Take it off the roof and check the resistors. You may need to resolder one.
     
  8. Jun 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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    Sounds like a plan.
    Thank you.
    Merle
     
  9. Jun 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    I wouldn't touch it if it's still under warranty. Compare your truck to one on the lot. It sounds normal. Mine can be hard to make out sometimes as well.
     
  10. Jun 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    Warranty on these is one of those things that is pretty much a waste of time, since the problem is so common but easy to fix.

    2 seconds of solder and you will never have a problem again for the life of the truck. Much faster to just fix it yourself, and a much better fix than a new one that likely will develop the same issue.

    EDIT: Mine is NEVER hard to make out. After I did the resistor fix, it always shines bright, even mid-day.
     
  11. Jun 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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    No its not... Its a vacuum Florescent display.
     
  12. Jun 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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    Except I believe the OP's complaint is really normal operation and I haven't heard of any issues with '09 and newer displays. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  13. Jun 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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    Sorry, it does actually look like a VFD rather than LED. Either way, it does not depend on a backlight, polarizing filter, and LCD changing polarization. There is no concern about polarized sunglasses.

    Like LED, it is a direct light emission display, at no particular polarization.
     
  14. Oct 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    Mine definitely dims when the headlights are on, probably as it's supposed to be due to contrast.

    The biggest problem I have with my '09 is that I get a lot of reflections on that shiny surface and can't read the display behind it. I've tried Scotch tape to knock down the glare but no joy all characters are blurred to unreadable. then. Sure hate to take that amber face off.

    I noticed the 2012 doesn't have the display there. They probably put it forward on the dash or cowl...where it should have been all along.

    Whit
     
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