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need help: how to change bulb on 2012 side mirrors????

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Sbpd50816, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Nov 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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    Sbpd50816

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    Anyone know how to change out the turn signal light in the 2012 tacoma side mirrors? Cant find how anywhere only have been able to locate puddle light change out on diff vehicles..
     
  2. Nov 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    That should be under warranty...
     
  3. Nov 20, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    I imagine he wants to change the orange bulb to one of those mirrored, only-orange-when-lit type of bulb. Or maybe he wants to actually change the color of the light. Either way, i'm not sure anyone has tried it yet.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    yea I wanna change it out with a super white led bulb..just not quite sure how to change it out... really dont wanna take apart the mirror if I dont have to... be nice if I could just pop off the clear light cover.. nothing in the manual shows how or tells how...
     
  5. Nov 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    Been wondering the same thing but have not studied it enough yet.
     
  6. Nov 20, 2011 at 6:29 PM
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    I'm sure it's similar to the 4Runner mirrors so you need to pop off the mirror cover (colored part) and there's a few screws to take out. It uses LED's that are built into the lens.
     
  7. Nov 20, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    So ... I'll be the one to ask .... are you allowed to have "super white" lights?

    It may seem like a smart ass question but that is not my intent. I am guessing that they are amber, as the rear directional lights are ... in order not to night blind those driving behind you ....
     
  8. Nov 22, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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    no there not legal technically but either is any light you place on your car that is not the same lighting as it came from the factory such as (license plate bulbs, HID'S, Projectors, parking lights, turn signals, and tail lights, or reverse lights, window tint, things hanging from your rear view mirror, a crack in your windshield, no front license plate, in dash tv operating while driving),
     
  9. Nov 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM
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    thats not correct either,you can replace every light on your taco,as long as it meets specs.i do d.o.t. inspections for california.
     
  10. Nov 23, 2011 at 4:25 AM
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    I was thinking about the color ... nothing more, nothing less ... but thanks for the lesson.
     
  11. Nov 23, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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    This. There are very clear specifications laid out in the California Vehicle Code (or whatever state you live in vehicle code). As long as you are within those specs, you are fine.
     
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    Just asking to get your balls broke, no thanks
     
  13. Nov 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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    1- follow the law. saves you problems later

    2- if its broken, it should be under warranty

    3- since VERY few people on here have 2012s, you're probably barking up the wrong tree

    and, fyi, you CAN change lights on your vehicle, as long as they comply with your local regulations. my money is on the fact that super white turn indicators are not legal
     
  14. Nov 23, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    the thread wasnt to ask whats legal and whats not it was simply to see "IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO REPLACE THE BULB IN THE SIDE REARVIEW MIRRORS"... any help in this department would be great.. I have a quick code I carry with me daily while working and enforcing CRIMINAL AND OCCASIONALLY TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS/VEHICLE VIOLATIONS... Im good in this department.. But again whats legal and whats not is NOT my question..
     
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    Anyone figure out how to get to these lights yet?
     
  17. May 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM
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    someone trade me their mirrors, i'll figure it out :)
     
  18. May 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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    I think the OP frightened everyone away last november by stating he is a COP so it's OK he's doing something illegal. Sounds legit to me!? :D
     
  19. May 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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    Yep. this is the answer.

    And to answer the OP's question, you cannot change the bulbs. Once you pop of the painted piece cover on the front side of the mirror, there are two screws that remove the clear lens piece that has the LED's housed in it and a wire plug running to it. THERE IS NO WAY TO CHANGE THE BULBS, they are completely encased in the clear piece. You can only unplug and unmount the clear piece but that is all. Works great for me because I just want to smoke out these pieces with a smoke film.

    PAINTED PLASTIC PIECE REMOVED (by popping it off)
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    CLEAR BLINKER PIECE REMOVED
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    NO WAY TO CHANGE BULBS, ONLY A PLUG THERE
    [​IMG]
     
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