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Ever noticed how the corner/parking lights always come loose?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by prerunnerSD, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Oct 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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    prerunnerSD

    prerunnerSD [OP] "I Brake for Tailgaters"

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    Have owned 2, 1st gen tacomas and both eventually had thier corner parking lights come loose and it seems like on mine its because the plastic bracket attaching it to the corresponding headlight is inherently weak!

    Any ideas on reinforcing it or in my case now that its broken does anyone sell a better corner light assembly than the OEM taking this 'flaw' into account?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32 PM
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    Dmonkey

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  3. Oct 20, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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    humanoid

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    Before I sold my truck, I've never had that happen to me, and I had that truck for over 10 years.
     
  4. Oct 20, 2011 at 10:46 PM
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    how'd you use zipties? where did you stick them in? any pix? zipties are my favorite!
     
  5. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    My 1st Gen did this too. Cheap little plastic chingas broke off and the light was hanging by the wiring harness and slapping against the truck as I was going down the 5. Took a minute to figure out where that banging was coming from haha. Just got another one rather than try to fix it. Good luck.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM
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    Recently experienced this with new corner lights. Old ones were getting condensation so I purchased a couple from E-BAY sure enough I go to mount one and the tab broke (not completely through but it broke) . I ended up strengthening the tab with Fiberglass. It is strong you just have to sand it so it will fit the countour of the grill. So far so good.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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    i def want to see pix. zip ties rule the world
     
  8. Oct 21, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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    How do i do that? is it a spray?
     
  9. Oct 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    It is a 3m fiberglass kit from homedepot should be near the adhesives like 14.00/ 15.00 or so. I dont have a lot of experience with it but just read the directions and took my time. Dont build the layers too thick I just wraped it twice with resin and fiberglass mesh let sit for two hours and sand to fit contours. Hope this helps. Regards BAZZ
     
  10. Oct 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    You guys are over analyzing this whole thing. Here if you use thread locker it prevents you from having to over tighten it which weakens the plastic mounting points. PROBLEM SOLVED.

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  11. Oct 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    I dont think they are talking about screws necessarily but thanks for the threadlocker tip regardless. The tabs which mate the corner lights to the grill are not the most robust bracket design as in strength / thickness. They will break off just getting them into place prior to inserting and tightening the screws. Also the lights need to be inserted at an angle and I noticed on mine the tab inside the corner light housing of the fender well can get old and break causing it to become loose.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    I bought my truck new and no problems. I also took them apart and turned them into turn signals so if they were loose they got tightened.
     
  13. Oct 23, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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    Mine were loose and I just tightened up the screw, will use the thread locker next time, I got the ( Blue stuff ) just didn't realize this was an on going problem.
     
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