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Dash light Question???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Moto_Joe, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. Dec 31, 2009 at 8:07 PM
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    Moto_Joe

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    i have a 04 tacoma and two times now i have turned my lights on and only half of my dash light turn on. so the speed dometer lights up ( the right side) but the tac on (the left side) dose not :mad: if i tap on the glass it comes on.
    whats going on?
    how can i fix this?
     
  2. Dec 31, 2009 at 10:13 PM
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    I think maybe they are energized in series by way of a printed circiut board kind of thing & sometimes in other vehicles I've owned, I've had kinda the same condition i.e; half the dash/gauges illuminated the other half not, then hit a bump & just like magic the whole dash lit up !! A couple days later hit another bump & back to the same old BS. It could either be the panel on the back of your dash that hold the bulbs/LED's in place has come loose or maybe the bulbs themselves......:cool:
     
  3. Jan 1, 2010 at 5:36 AM
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    The one way to fix this is to remove your gauge box. There are 4 194 type bulbs that are twistlocks. It sounds like to me that they have became loose. There is a good thread on customtacos.com that shows you how to access the back of your gauges. I did it to change out the color amber for blue really easy should only take bout 30 mins. Hope this helps.
     
  4. Jan 1, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    Could you post pics of your blue gauges I haven't seen any for the 01 - 04 tacomas?
     
  5. Jan 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM
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    I will post them soon having troubles with my camera. They will be on ASAP.
     
  6. Jan 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM
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    thanks man no rush. I just want to see how they look never seen anything but orange and white lights for the dash.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    My 04' does the same thing
     
  8. Jan 6, 2010 at 12:26 AM
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    100_0698.jpg100_0700.jpg

    The pics look spotty but its cause of my camera. The LED's turned out amazing best light mod yet! I bought them at superbrightleds.com. [​IMG]these are the ones i used:


    WLED Miniature Wedge Base bulbs with High Power SMD LEDs - 360 type
     
  9. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:59 AM
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    damn that looks way better than i thought. Guess I know what I'll be doing next. Thanks for the pictures.
     
  10. Jan 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM
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    Yeah im excited with the results. One of those mods that looks difficult but only takes 30 mins or so
     
  11. Jan 7, 2010 at 6:13 AM
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    is that 6.00 per light?
     
  12. Jan 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    Yeah about but your going to need a bulb that gives 360 degree coverage
     
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    could you post a direct link to the bulbs you got. thanks. i want to do this mod
     
  14. Jan 7, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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  15. Jan 7, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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    These look pretty good. I did mine with some bulbs from the local parts store and it looks good but isn't very bright. I might have to order some of these to replace them with
     
  16. Jan 7, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    It's a big difference from the bulbs at like NAPA or whatever
     
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