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Dash illuminated all the time

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by prae, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. Dec 24, 2009 at 8:09 AM
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    prae

    prae [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I bought my '06 used about 8 months ago. One thing I've always wondered about (and haven't had much luck searching around for):

    The gauge cluster is ALWAYS illuminated. Headlights on or off. The rest of dash only illuminates when the headlights are turned on.

    Is this standard or something that was changed by the P/O?
     
  2. Dec 24, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    NWtacoma

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    standard. it bothered me at first but it doesnt any more. just make sure that little green light is on if you're supposed to have your lights on.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2009 at 8:12 AM
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    Thanks. The only reason I ever think about it, is I occasionally will drive a few minutes without realizing my headlights are off. Usually when it's dark out, the gauges are hard to see, thus you realize the need for headlights.

    I'm spoiled since my old highlander had auto lights.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2009 at 8:16 AM
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    You can just leave your light on all the time they will automatically turn off when you turn off the truck and open your door.
     
  5. Dec 24, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    True but leaving them running all day ain't my thing.

    You are correct though. It's nice having a Body ECU take care of killing the lights when I forget to :eek:
     
  6. Dec 24, 2009 at 8:41 AM
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    I think it is a nice feature; too bad they didn't light up the 4wd dial.
     
  7. Dec 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM
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    Black Rock Taco

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    I installed a Direct Electronics DEI 545T; solar cell activated auto headlight unit. They can still be found for around $30. Needs to be hacked a bit, since our Tacos are ground switching. And it needs an extra switch wired if you ever want to turn the headlights OFF at night.

    If anyone is installing one, PM me for info. For a simple install, it does not splice into the headlight switch wiring as the instructions state. Instead, the switched legs of the included relays are connected to ground, then to the headlight and parking light relays. Only time I touch my headlight switch is in rain, fog, snow etc.
     
  8. Dec 25, 2009 at 4:20 AM
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    I just changed the brightness with the control knob on the left so that when the headlights are off the dash is dimmer than when they are on.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2010 at 4:21 AM
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    This doesn't really pertain here but on my 97 tacoma SR5 I noticed this morning that all the dash lights came on when I pressed the brake pedal and I had the keys in my hand. Could this be something as simple as brake light failure or even something common?
     
  10. Jan 19, 2010 at 4:58 AM
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    EnolaGaia

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    Probably a short or fault in the taillight units or the wiring. Start by checking your rear bulbs (both tails and brakes) and the ground connections. If you have a tow harness that's a likely suspect, too.
     
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