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DTRL Melting Lens

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Poacher, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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    Poacher

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    Both my daytime running lights are melting the interior lens on my 09. Went to the dealer and they searched on the computer and found the issue, but said it is a 3 year/36K mile warranty--I have 40K on my rig. So they give me Toyota's 800 # and I just spent an hour with them to have them say that given my loyal customer status bullshit, they will pay for the parts and I can pay for the labor--on a reimbursment basis ($800+ total and they will pay me $589 back).

    That is not a bad deal, but they are stock bulbs and I have my Taco serviced at the dealer, so what happened to the 47 point inspection when they service my rig???

    I know you guys can help, so give it up before I explode
     
  2. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    $800 for new headlights:eek:

    The daytime running lights melting is a known problem. You should lay into them for it to be free. Serious. It happens to every truck eventually.
     
  3. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    800?

    wtf?

    Go on ebay, get new assemblies for 70 bucks, install takes 15 minutes...
     
  4. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:19 PM
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    I was thinking my first response will be to just send me the new assemblies and I will install them myself. Then when they poo-poo that let them have it.

    Konaborne,
    I can't get ebay at work, so how much of the entire light set can I get? It is all one deal, is it not?
     
  5. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    You can buy the entire assembly for 70, and if you seal them up they should be fine. Doesn't take too long to put em in yourself either.

    Try make them pay for it though, since it is their problem.


    800?! Bah....that's horsebananas
     
  6. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    That's bull $hit they are being this firm about the mileage. I had the same problem that I didnt notice until around 45K miles and the delaership took care of it under warranty.

    They did also tell me that the headlights were $800 new!! (highway robbery)
     
  7. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    Another option is to disassemble your current headlights and remove the inner lens that is cracked then you wont have that problem ever again.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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    I need to think about what to do, but it sucks that I have to fight them over it or do it myself.
     
  9. Oct 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    Last week I did the DTRL mod by jumping the wire from the side marker and utilising the "low" element of the bulb for the DTRL's. I've been reading avout the lens melting and bubbling problem for the last few days and decided to change the bulb to a lower wattage to be on the safe side. I stopped after work at Advance Auto and picked up a pair of 3057A bulbs for $6 total. I liked the spec's on the 3057 because the wattage was lower than the stock 4157 on both the "low" AND "high" element side.

    For reference:
    The 4157 is 28.5 / 7.5 watts
    The 3157 is 26.9 / 8.3 watts
    The 5702 is 26.9 / 8.3 watts (also a smaller bulb = further from the lens)
    The 3057 is 26.9 / 6.7 watts

    For people who have stock relays, any bulb will be better as you will utilize the "high" element for the DTRL's.
    For people who modified as I did, the 3057 is the better choice as it's the lowest wattage for the "low" element (the element used for the DTRL's)

    Also as a side note:
    When I replaced the bulbs this evening, I could hold the 3057 while it was lit in my hand without burning. The same cannot be said of the stock 4157, as it's VERY hot.
     
  10. Oct 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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    My mom's '05 Highlander did this a few years ago. Told Toyota about it and they didn't do crap. Said she could buy new lights and that was it. Stock bulbs. No idea why it happens.
     
  11. Oct 11, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    It seems to be an issues with very few as far as this board shows. If this happens to all Tacoma's with a little time, why have not all the owners of at least the '05 model complained? There are about 6 threads on this.. total.. you could find more posts on which floor mat to buy... doesn't sound like a major issue at Toyota. Shit happens, not need to blow it out of proportion.

    Frank
     
  12. Oct 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    I called Toyota back and said I would pass on their offer and that since it is a known problem with a TSB and I have it serviced by their dealer, they should do something about it.

    I don't expect much.
     
  13. Oct 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM
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    The melting DTRL are not an eventuality for every Tacoma , DTRL has been mandatory on every Tacoma sold in Canada since the '05's and I haven't seen this as a prevelant issue here .

    It happens , but it's the exception not the rule .
     
  14. Oct 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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    o.k. I was just putting 2 and 2 together. If you shop on ebay, nearly every single used headlight has a melted drl.
     
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    Really.. ? Find just 3 and post links.

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  17. Oct 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    Hey, look, 9 assemblies that remind me of my hunks of junk.

    Toyota Dealership near me says bring it in, they'll call a manager to look at it and "go from there."

    Stay tuned....
     
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    Boss? I'm just asking you to back up your "sky is falling" claims. Now not all of those links show or list damage. Between 2005 and 2011 (2nd Generation), Toyota Tacoma (US only) sales numbers are around 994 582. Just shy of 1 million sold in just the US. So how many lights would reasonably have to have issues before Toyota, or anyone (other than the effected) would think this was some type of serious systemic problem other than just their bad luck?

    Frank
     
  20. Oct 13, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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    Why does it matter how many are bad? If one of THEIR lights with THEIR bulbs are bad, THEY should replace them-period.
     
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