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Turn off Instrument panel lights

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by randyg123, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Jul 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    randyg123

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    Is there a way to tie the Instrument Panel Light (that darn annoying orange glow) to the headlight selector so when the headlights are off, the panel lights are off?

    Better yet - I would like to install the Daytime Running Lights but I want the instrument panel lights to turn off at the same time these turn on.
     
  2. Jul 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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    um... just dim the dash lights with the dimmer wheel....
     
  3. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    it should work whenever you want it to. so the wheel doesn't dim the dash lights at all.... the wheel left of the steering wheel... next to the vent?
     
  4. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    Don't want to use the dimmer. Just want to use the dash lights as an indicator of my headlights being off or on. Like vehicles have been for hundreds of years (give or take).

    You turn the headlights on, the dash light goes out. Why did they change it?

     
  5. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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  6. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:19 PM
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    I think my 06 is great just the way it is. I just turn mine down during the day. No Big Deal. I have DRLs
     
  7. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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    I wish the Taco had the auto-lights like our Highlander. I turned the lights on back in 02 and I don't think we touched the switch since then ;-)

    Such a simple thing to make standard in all vehicles or at least an option. Don't know why they don't do that.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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    The 07's have this feature. Not sure if they removed it at some point in time. My lights are always on. Turn the engine off and they will turn off automatically when a door is opened.
     
  9. Jul 22, 2010 at 6:40 AM
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    That's what I do now. Tired of running with my lights always on. As soon as I get past my warranty period, I'm doing the DRL mod as shown on this site. Since my lights were now going to be off most of the time, I wanted a reminder to turn them on (before it gets too dark).
     
  10. Jul 22, 2010 at 6:45 AM
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    I have to ask. What wait to do the DTRL? It should not void your warranty because you are using Toyota OEM parts. I have done mine on two Tacomas now. It would be as if your truck came equipped with them.

    I am just curious .... you may know something I don't.
     
  11. Jul 22, 2010 at 7:08 AM
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    You do realize they have a light in the instrument cluster that tells you when your lights are on, right? I find myself checking it a lot when it's just getting dark because I just want to double-check that they're on.
     
  12. Jul 23, 2010 at 4:07 PM
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    Just want to make sure there are no issues. I can see it now, Quote Toyota, "Well yes your warranty would have covered the engine catching on fire due to a problem in the electrical harness, but we see here that some electrical work was done by a non-certified mechanic which voids your warranty, sorry" Not taking any chances. I was even concerned about this when I changed my plugs. Plus I want to take my truck in to have some TSB work done and do not want any hassles. Since DRL's were not available in my area as an option or dealer add, having them would be an obvious after-market add-on.
     
  13. Jul 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM
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    Aye, but is is so small and mostly out of my sight line. I am just not used to looking for it, especially since I would be looking for it NOT being there. Kind of like the 'out of gas' light which is out of my normal sight line.
     
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