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Dash lights on all the time?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hondabuster, May 21, 2008.

  1. May 21, 2008 at 8:51 AM
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    hondabuster

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    Forgive me if thishas been covered before, but I noticed the dash light are on all the time. I can rotate the dimmer, to turn them off, but why did toyota design it like that?
     
  2. May 21, 2008 at 8:58 AM
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    mjp2

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    Their profit margin on light bulbs is staggering. :rolleyes:
     
  3. May 21, 2008 at 6:10 PM
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    I noticed that too and I guess it is due to the fact the gauges are in such deep cavities. It seems to help see them better even in the daylight. :)
     
  4. May 21, 2008 at 7:15 PM
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    Doesn't bother me, what bothers me is that damn fog light switch that DOESN"T light up it's impossible to find it at night.
     
  5. May 22, 2008 at 3:04 AM
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    gOnedrivIng

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    i wish tacomas has luminous controls/switches...

    alright back to topic, lots of cars i think nowadays have those doesn't-turn-off dash lights. lexus for example
     
  6. May 22, 2008 at 4:20 AM
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    Spyder327

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    This may sound stupid but you have turned off the headlight switch on the left side of the steering column right? i don't recall mine being on all the time at all, however, if you leave the switch on either running lights or headlights it will leave those dashlights lit up all the time when it has power. A lot of people don't realize that switch is on because when you shut the vehicle off and open the driver's door, all the outer lights automatically shut off instead of beeping at you like some vehicles do instead.
     
  7. May 22, 2008 at 5:15 AM
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    Rtrn2taco

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    I have wondered the same thing. longcolt explanation seems logical to me.
     
  8. May 22, 2008 at 6:07 AM
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    Khaos

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    My fog light switch lights up. As does my rear locker :confused:
     
  9. May 22, 2008 at 8:42 AM
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    hondabuster

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    Wow, not much faith in your fellow tacoma owner. Im aware when the lights are on, and when they are off.
    I just happened to notice because i park in a dark garage, and its pretty obvious the headlights arent on, but the dash lights are.
     
  10. May 22, 2008 at 9:01 AM
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    mjp2

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    Nothing to do with faith -- just covering the basics. You'd be surprised what gets overlooked sometimes.

    That old joke about the user calling the helpdesk because the computer won't turn on, and after an hour of troubleshooting it turns out that the building has no power, is true and happens regularly.
     
  11. May 22, 2008 at 9:08 AM
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    lsocoee

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    oh yeah, the tech says look behind your computer and she says "I can't see anything back there because the lights are off. We lost power a little while ago."
     
  12. May 22, 2008 at 9:20 AM
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  13. May 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM
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    The first notch on the lever does just that, turns on running and dash lights without headlights. I mentioned it because it's easy to overlook since these vehicle automatically shut off their headlights and don't beep at you if you leave that switch on.
     
  14. May 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM
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    45longcolt

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    I do tech support on DVR's and PC based DVR's and you wouldn't believe the simple questions I have to ask folks. What is really bad is when you ask for the IT person and they answer, that's "me"! I haven't had the question yet though, "where is the "any" key", but I know it's a coming. :)

    Personally though I like the dash lights on due to the cave the gauges sit in. Go through a tunnel or under a long overpass and you will be glad they are lit all the time too.
     
  15. May 22, 2008 at 4:11 PM
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    gdawg25

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    My dash lights are on all the time too. I've noticed while driving through tunnels or under bridges.
     
  16. May 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM
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    Archery Ham

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    I like it. The orange color matches my Kenwood and Yaesu HAM radios.

    While my truck was in the shop, I drove a 2009 Camry and its dash lights were white and gradually came on at startup.

    I like the headlights tuning off automatically. Thats a good thing.
     
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