1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

That crazy third brake light

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cheaterpipe, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Jan 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM
    #1
    cheaterpipe

    cheaterpipe [OP] Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2012
    Member:
    #79062
    Messages:
    20
    Gender:
    Male
    First off, my truck is an 09 DCSB TRD Sport. I am the second owner and as far as I can tell, the only after market accessory added from the previous owner might be the side steps.

    Since I have had the truck I have shut off the factory key less entry beeps and the seat belt chimes. I also spliced in a switch for the Day time Running Lights and left them off.

    My question is; why is my third brake light flashing 3 times before remaining constantly on when the brakes are being applied?

    I realize it's good to have for safety reasons (if that's the case), but I have been behind a many Tacoma's and have never noticed the flashing third light before.
     
  2. Jan 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM
    #2
    Vstrom30

    Vstrom30 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Member:
    #92484
    Messages:
    211
    Gender:
    Male
    Midwest
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma Access Cab 4x4
    Someone has added a brake light flasher module. I have seen one on a Tacoma once before. I believe the manufacturers of those modules recommend not to put it on the main brake lights because it confuses driver's, as they may mistake it for turn signals even though both sides would flash. I put one on my motorcycle too. Added bonus for you.
     
  3. Jan 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM
    #3
    Millertime187

    Millertime187 I'll be your huckleberry!

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Member:
    #87698
    Messages:
    1,920
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    Clay City, KY
    Vehicle:
    2012 4x4 Single Cab Taco!
    EZ Lift/Pro Comp 3" lift. Spacer in front, add a leaf in rear, Bilstien 5100 shocks, TC UCA, 5% Tint all around, Painted all trim to match. Magnaflow muffler dumped, drop in k&n air filter, tinted tail lights
    I always wondered about those lights!
     
  4. Jan 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM
    #4
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    104,103
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Some vehicles get the flashers from the factory, as a "test". From what I have been able to gather. Some blink constantly, some blink between 3 and 12 times before going solid. I had one on my 2000 Tacoma.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM
    #5
    P9HST2

    P9HST2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Member:
    #90042
    Messages:
    514
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Iowa
    Vehicle:
    2012 MGM AC TRD OR
    WeatherTech floor liners, tailgate hoseclamp, Famous Fab sliders, Brute Force Fab rear bumper, Icon "3T" suspension.
    I had to go out to the garage to check after reading this.

    I'm safe, steady third brake light, whew! :)
     
  6. Jan 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM
    #6
    Vstrom30

    Vstrom30 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Member:
    #92484
    Messages:
    211
    Gender:
    Male
    Midwest
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma Access Cab 4x4
    I see it as an added safety feature. I would leave it on there.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM
    #7
    Tacoma Mike

    Tacoma Mike 41 Year Toyota Master/ASE Master

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2011
    Member:
    #61230
    Messages:
    3,640
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Southern Maine
    Vehicle:
    2011 Double Cab V6
    Large Storage Box, 02610 intermittent switch swap, "Hot Wire" Power Outlets, DRL Shut Off, Disable Fob Beep, Disable Seat Belt Buzzers, Parking Light Mod, Battery Tender, 4 Leaf Spring Pack, Rear Headrest Removal, Custom Ultragauge Mount, Factory Tow Package (7 Pin)
    Never seen one on a taco. Saw one on a motorcycle and it was irritating as hell.
     
  8. Jan 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM
    #8
    Vstrom30

    Vstrom30 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Member:
    #92484
    Messages:
    211
    Gender:
    Male
    Midwest
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma Access Cab 4x4
    I hope the one on my bike is irritating. That means it is visible.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM
    #9
    cheaterpipe

    cheaterpipe [OP] Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2012
    Member:
    #79062
    Messages:
    20
    Gender:
    Male
    I'll go with it being added as a safety feature, and I'll leave it there. My first thought was I had cut something by mistake, or I might have a bulb out. Now that it has been mentioned, I have seen motorcycle brake lights flashing. If it helps by keeping morons from reshaping my bumper then it will stay.

    Thanks for the replies and the laugh.
     
  10. Jan 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM
    #10
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    29,089
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    I have one on my motorcycle and that's the point. If it's irritating, that means it's noticable so the person behind me notices that I am stopping instead of running me over. :)
     
  11. Jan 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM
    #11
    pbm317

    pbm317 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Member:
    #82788
    Messages:
    276
    Gender:
    Male
    It would be helpful if there was some sort of industry standard that allowed the blinking to indicate a panic-type stop, more than 80% of max pressure applied, etc. to help for some differentiation between braking efforts.
     
To Top