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Power Outlet in Bed Not Working. Don't believe it's a fuse

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by burtnrdr, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Mar 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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    burtnrdr

    burtnrdr [OP] Member

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    I recently purchased a 2006 Tacoma SR5 V6 TRD about two months ago. Everything is working great except for two things, the power outlet and thermometer/ compass screen.

    I checked the manual and made sure I didn't have the button pushed until the truck was on/ or key was in the on position but I'm still having issues.

    I originally thought that it was a fuse but I've since pulled and checked every fuse I thought would be associated with either, and don't see anything blown.

    The switch itself for the power outlet doesn't light up when it's pushed either so I'm wondering if maybe I should pull the dash to check the connections and harnesses.

    Or I could pull the plug from the bed and trace the wire down and through the undercarriage of the truck to look for anything unusual. I looked at it quickly yesterday and it looks like the wiring for the power outlet links up with the wiring for the towing package.

    Any ideas or has anybody else had similar problems with the power outlet. Also not sure if it's just a coincidence that the thermometer/ compass screen isn't working, but I found that strange as well.
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    drewskie

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    The compass is a very common problem, do a search here on how to fix it. I believe there may even be a TSB for it. As for the bed outlet, what do you have plugged in to it? When I had mine, it wouldnt work for anything other than say, a tiny radio. Blowdryer, drill, shop vac, none of that worked.
     
  3. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:51 PM
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    DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

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    So you only checked the fuses you thought might interfere with it? If I were you, I would check them all to be safe cause it sounds like its a fuse issue. That fuse might be tied into the temp gauge display as well but I'm not positive.:rolleyes:
     
  4. Mar 16, 2011 at 4:29 AM
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    Sideways

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    Burt, here is the link to repair your temp/compass issue.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/18497-overhead-compass-temp-fix.html

    It is a very simple and quick fix and has nothing to do with the power outlet.

    I would try something that draws less than 400 watts to verify the outlet does not work.
    The switch for my outlet does not light up either.
    Then start with checking all of the fuses before tearing it apart to check for a wiring issue.

    Good luck and let us know what you find out.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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    burtnrdr

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    So I started to pull the dash yesterday but didn't feel like getting too involved so I didn't get too far.

    Today I checked all the fuses and checked the relay, all seemed fine. I took the relay from another Tacoma and replaced it with mine just to check and no go.

    I decided to pull the dash apart a little more this time and peak in with a headlamp. Low and behold the damn thing was unplugged. Plugged it in, it lit up, and now works fine.

    I appreciate all the help for something that turned out to be so obvious. I'm swinging by the parts store for a new soldering iron to fix the thermometer and compass tonight.

    Rule #1 check the obvious stuff.
     
  6. Mar 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    burtnrdr

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    The harness to the switch itself was unplugged, no idea why. Plugged it in and it worked right away.

    Just fixed the compass as well, super easy.
     
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