Toyota Tacoma Parts And Toyota Tacoma Accessories
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Toyota Tacoma debuted in 1995 as a compact pickup truck, replacing the Toyota Hilux model for the US and Canadian markets. It was in the early 2000s that the truck gained more popularity, beating competitors like the Dodge Dakota and Nissan Frontier to rival Ford Ranger. However, the Tacoma suffered from several issues and problems that eventually led to a series of brand recalls. Among these are the radio problems that proved to be persistent across different year models. Radios unexpectedly shutting down, as well as malfunctioning radio displays and volume controls, are the common radio-related complaints against Toyota Tacoma.
Owners of this mid-size truck has often complained about their radios misbehaving when driving, with the common symptoms experienced narrowed down to unexpected shutdown. Some even pointed out the tendency of the radios to automatically change stations. Fortunately, these can be avoided, but it may require sending the unit to the service center and possibly have it replaced.
For a quick fix, it is important to check the main grounds and the battery connections. A loose ground or battery wire could be the culprit, so checking the necessary connections and components like the fuse box and the main wire harnesses would be necessary. However, it is also worth noting that the radio may misbehave once the Tacoma has been exposed to heat outside. If this symptom manifest despite fixing the ground and wirings, it is best to have it professionally checked.
Certain models of the Toyota Tacoma suffer from radio units with a malfunctioning display. The 2012 model, for instance, is known for having a radio preset display blank and is even displayed in the wrong location on the screen. While some radio-related problems on the Tacoma can be fixed by checking for loose ground and connections, this problem can only be remedied through unit replacement.
The abnormal behavior of the screen display on the 2012 Tacoma opted Toyota to release a Technical Service Bulletin and announced that switching to an improved radio unit would solve this problem. Those vehicles under Toyota\'s 36-month warranty could have this replacement free of charge. This entails that Tacomas not covered by the said warranty would certainly need to replace their radio unit in order to experience smooth and accurate radio screen display.
The radio problems on the Tacoma seems to be on a roll as pickup owners also reported issues with the radio volume controls. The inability to turn it up or down has become prevalent in the 2009 model, and this has prompted Toyota to replace the malfunctioning head units. Complaints filed include instances where no difference in volume is registered after turning the knob to adjust the volume. This is accompanied by the absence of the volume indicator while increasing or decreasing the volume.
Apparently, the Japanese manufacturer opted for a replacement instead of fixing the units. This means that Tacomas with or without the warranty should head over to the dealers and ask for the necessary fix.