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DRL Heads up....

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lightyear, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Jul 3, 2009 at 3:06 PM
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    Lightyear

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    Recently I noticed some damage to the turn signal lenses on my '07 PreRunner. I installed OEM DRL's on my truck a couple of weeks after I bought it new in late 2007. It appears that the lights generate quite a bit of heat and actually start to melt the plastic. Has anyone else experienced this in Tacomas with DRL's?
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  2. Jul 3, 2009 at 6:24 PM
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    rmb_crew

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    wow thats crazy. i have never seen that.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2009 at 6:31 PM
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    Fluffymonkey

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    Dang, I've never seen that either. I didn't realize the bulbs could get hot enough to melt the housing!
     
  4. Jul 3, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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    jandrews

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    Now I'm scared...my baby has DRLs...
     
  5. Jul 3, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    toku58

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    so the "urine" colored lens inside the lights are melted also??:confused:
     
  6. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:06 PM
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    BUZZ5

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    I also have an 07' Prerunner & did the same when new & have no sign of anything like that.They have frequently been on for hrs.at a time also.I think you have another problem.
     
  7. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    I installed my OEM DTRL's about 4 months ago and with aftermarket yellow bulbs. I know they get really hot but not enough to melt the plastic!!! I do have some burn marks on the bulb holder though.:eek:
     
  8. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    Reznor88

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    Well if this potential issue scares anyone enough to rip out their DTRL relay let me know. I'm buying.
     
  9. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:35 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    did u get yellow corners and turns?? if so, where?
     
  10. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:36 PM
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    Were these stock DRL's or aftermarket install?
     
  11. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:37 PM
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    If the aftermarket bulbs have a different watt rating, then that might cause your melting issue. I learned that the hard way along time ago, putting 100w bulbs in a foglight rated for 55w... just my .02 Sucks about your lens housing though. Now you have a good excuse to get some nice aftermarket ones :D
     
  12. Jul 4, 2009 at 6:38 AM
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    Sorry, the picture was a little close up. The burning is only on the inner lens. I added DRL's using original Toyota components and all of the bulbs are original. The truck didn't come with them (It's a regular cab). Do you think the bulbs could be different on the trucks that come with DRL's? Maybe lower wattage or something?[​IMG]
     
  13. Jul 4, 2009 at 7:49 AM
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    No the bulbs should be the same. I just don't know why its melting your plastic? Like I said before, I know they get hot but not that hot!:eek:
     
  14. Jul 4, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    I'll check with a meter... maybe overcharging or something.
     
  15. Jul 4, 2009 at 8:04 AM
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    Well you know what I know for a fact they aren't different bulbs because I didn't have DTRL when I bought the truck brand new. I installed the OEM DTRL's after words and used the same bulbs for a while.:cool:
     
  16. Jul 4, 2009 at 8:30 AM
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    My mom's '04 Highlander has DTRL and she has a burnt spot like that, too.
     
  17. Jul 4, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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    Thanks WW Firefighter for the bulb info. I tested the voltage and got 13.3 at the bulb. Seems normal to me. Maybe it just happens over time. Not enough of an issue for me to remove the DRL's though. I have 30K on her with no other problems.... awesome truck.
     
  18. Jul 4, 2009 at 9:23 AM
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    Maybe you can call Toyota and get some new headlights. Not sure how that works under warranty but you can always give it a shot I guess.:rolleyes:
     
  19. Jul 4, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    +1 If you are still under the 3yrs, 36K they will replace your lights.:thumbsup:
     
  20. Mar 24, 2010 at 1:08 AM
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    This is the same issue I have. What ever happened?
     
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