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Plastic melting on Tacoma for no reason...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by xguntherc, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Mar 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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    xguntherc

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    Hey guys. We have been talking about this briefly over in our Vegas thread, but I've got a serious issue with my Tacoma.

    My side mirror and grill appear to be melting... Yea, I said melting. It's not even summer yet and hasn't even hit the 110 degree temps. Basically my driver side mirror and grill have been melting. Noticed this about a week ago, then noticed my mirror had the same terrible issue.

    I've googled around and it appears it could possibly be energy efficient windows reflecting the sun producing an extra hot reflection (think magnifying glass) and this is an issue for cheap ABS plastic... like what the Tacoma and Prius use. I can't imagine shitty Hyundai's don't have this issue, but my 30k truck would, but what do I know.

    Here's a gallery so you can all see the pain I've recently received.
    http://imgur.com/a/XxCmo

    Here's one for those too lazy to click!
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Mar 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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    Looks like someone took a torch to it...:cool:
     
  3. Mar 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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    Holy shit! If it is reflective windows doing it, then the only thing I can think of is do a Satoshi grill and get some sort of metal mirror covers.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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    Yea but it's also on the grill in a random place, and that was a different day. It wasn't a torch, pretty sure. I have absolutely no clue though and would love to hear your thoughts.

    I'm going to Toyota dealership Saturday and raising hell. Had it for 3 months.
     
  5. Mar 21, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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    Metal and chrome is ugly IMO. I'm going all black. haha.
     
  6. Mar 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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    Satoshis are usually black, like these:
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    You could just paint these black too.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Mar 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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    Gotta tell ya thats weird as hell, if its from reflective light I'd make sure I parked in the shade, & if not intentional (vandalism) take a good hard look at where you've been parking for an extended time, just seems like if it was from that It'd almost have to be magnified some how to get that hot....just throwing it out there....:notsure:
     
  8. Mar 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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    Yeah. I am leaning towards vandalism. Someone jealous of your Tacoma maybe?
     
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    That shit is crazy!!!!!!
     
  10. Mar 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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    Yes that shit is crazy.. and upsetting.

    the reason I don't think it's vandalism is I live in a really nice gated community, know the people that park near me, and it was the grill first AND then the mirror.

    If it was a repeat offender, wouldn't this person come back? I don't know, I really don't know.
     
  11. Mar 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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    This is not vandalism. Why would someone choose to damge something in such an odd and prohibitive way when a key,egg, brick, etc... Is so much faster AND gives the definitive message inherent to vandalism.
     
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    To be more subtle about it:notsure:
     
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    Yup saw that.. I'm not parking in the covered area anymore by the windows, for now, and we'll see.
     
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    C'mon now, you can't be wrapped up in that tight of a cocoon ,shit happens everywhere ;) , what I meant by taking a good hard look at where you're parking maybe sun is hitting some thick glass & reflecting onto your truck at the worst part of the day, for an extended time, maybe a stretch but....:confused::notsure:



    I don't put anything past anyone, but if it did turn out to be someone fucking with it in what manner its done isn't the issue, the fact that they're doing it at all , is...
     
  16. Mar 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM
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    I can tell you from experience that in order to make the OEM ABS plastic melt like that you need temperatures in excess of 300* at least.

    Not too difficult for magnified sunlight to get to that temperature.

    Focused properly it could easily do the damage pictured.:(
     
  17. Mar 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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    Yea 4WD I'm not naive and I don't really trust anyone, but I really don't think it's anyone doing this. Just how I feel.

    I'm thinking it's either a chemical in the car wash I've recently been going to (3 times this month) or sun reflecting off of a window. As Homer said, it would have to get extremely hot and be concentrated..

    If it is windows doing this. When it gets 110+ in Vegas in 2 months I can only imagine the damage that would do. It's only been 65-80 lately.
     
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    Ever fry an ant with a magnifying glass?

    That's what's happening to your truck.
     
  19. Mar 22, 2013 at 3:06 AM
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    You're missing the point. Vandalism carries a signature with it. Whether that be me spray painting an alleyway giving a message that this is my hood, or keying your car to say F you because we got in an argument. Vandalism, in general, usually carries a message. That message would be missed (re:lost) by melting the OP's mirrors. If it were an act, it doesn't carry the signature of vandalism as it leaves us all questioning what actually caused the problem. Yes, this is a simplified answer, but there is zero logic as to why someone would melt some mirrors over a deliberate and obvious action like throwing a brick through a window.

    CNet did an article about energy efficient windows causing the melting of siding on adjacent houses in suburbia. there was also a story floating around about some lady threatening suit because her Prius melted in the same way as OP's from energy efficient windows. (i find this ironic that the go green initiatives are attacking each other!). I'm going with this as the cause, mainly because I can't find my tinfoil hat to put on and start blaming aliens, vandals, and other third parties.
     
  20. Mar 22, 2013 at 4:02 AM
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    I agree with HomerTaco. Just did a quick google search and there's a lot of reports of energy efficient windows melting vinyl siding and the occasional car part.
     
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