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Day time running tail light problem

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Psmith, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Feb 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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    I am having some problems with my driver side day time running light. Only the driver side wont work with the lights on. Everything else works on the driver side besides the Day time runners. The brake light works, blinker everything. I put the passenger side assembly on the driver and everything worked. I then tested for power at the socket. With just the lights on, I got no power at the socket. When I tested the pass side, i had 11.5v at the middle points (red and green). I Back probed the driver side and still nothing. I wiggled the wires under the truck going to the light and nothing. I even pulled back the plastic cover and tape and inspected about 2 feet of wire, with nothing found. Has anyone encountered this problem or anything similar. Does anyone know where the next place to check would be? Obviously checked fuse. The only thing that gets me is the pass side is functioning perfectly.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM
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    is there voltage to the fuse? You are going to have to keep going back until you hit voltage. It might be the integration relay. WHat year and trim level?
     
  3. Feb 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    Its a 08 taco base reg cab 2.7 man. Whats the best way to check voltage at the fuse. I assume there has to be since the pass side works, and when i pull the fuse, the pass goes out. I can check how much voltage.
     
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    I thought that was sketch too......
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  5. Feb 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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    Tail light. With the headlights on or off, the tail lights don't illuminate. If I have the lights off, neither work, but both brake lights work. If I turn the lights on, the driver tail light doesn't work, but the pass does, both brakes work. When I have the DTR on, the pass works, but driver doesn't.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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    Sounds like the issue is inside the driver's side light assembly. You have checked the bulbs?

    I have seen some weird things happen with bad grounds and with light bulbs that have the two filaments burned together inside the bulb.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    I changed that bulb. I put the passenger bulb in the driverside (knowing the pass side works), and still nothing. I dont have voltage getting to the socket, so didn't know if this happened to anyone else and knew any tricks or places to look.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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    http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/05+/data/ileaf/06toyewd/06toypdf/ewd/2006/tacoma/h/em01d9.pdf

    This diagram is for 05-06, but I doubt it's changed. Might be different wiring colors, but I can't imagine the way it's wired is different.

    The parking/taillights are all on the same fuse and relay. If one side works fine, start at the one non working light and work backwards until you come to the point in the harness where the two sides meet. It has to be downstream of that splice.

    I only mention this because I am not sure how Tacomas are setup on the taillights housings. I'd have to go pull my lights out to see. I did have a Jeep Cherokee that had a non working tail light. On that vehicle, there are not wires going directly into the back of the light sockets. There is one common plug, then there are circuit traces on the housing and individual twist in sockets that contact the traces. What happens on those is the traces sink into the plastic housing and lose contact with the sockets. It's not obvious at all.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM
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    Yea that is my plan tomorrow. I have that same wiring diag. I have never been good at reading them, but I had the same idea. Start at the socket and work back and keep checking for voltage and those two wires. Thanks
     
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