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Sooo - I’ve been considering getting rid of my Tundra

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by DalTee, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Mar 29, 2018 at 9:33 AM
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    This flashing dash light thing is killing me. I love my truck, but I feel like a huge repair is coming and I don’t want to deal with it.

    Has anyone come up with a fix for the flashing dash lights
     
  2. Mar 29, 2018 at 9:42 AM
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    It seems as if the flashing lights are happening more frequently -

    Everyone I take it to the dealer it’s something else -
    Battery
    Alternator
    Sensors

    I’m getting tired
     
  3. Mar 29, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    What do you mean by flashing lights?
     
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  4. Mar 29, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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  5. Mar 29, 2018 at 12:45 PM
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    Hi lo
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    But no check engine light
    Also battery dies quickly - in about a half hour if I’m sitting in it - battery is dead. No start.
     
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  6. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:08 PM
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    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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    This is not a good reason to get rid of the truck. :) Any corrosion on the posts? Make sure + and - terminals are tight. Check the alternator. If you have a volt meter you can check while the engine is running. It should be 14.X volts. You can also take the alternator to Autozone and they will check it for you for free.

    I have one of these testers. It's handy for this type of troubleshooting.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ANF1D7U/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  7. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:08 PM
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    sounds like the battery is bad. sometimes a bad battery will cause all sorts of lights to go off. how old is the battery you're running?
     
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  8. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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    :thumbsup:
     
  9. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:14 PM
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    I bought it in November after the lights went nuts the first time.
     
  10. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:16 PM
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    It’s running at 14v. Dealer says the alternator Is good. It’s maintained per the book. It’s frustrating.
     
  11. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    check you negative battery terminal. I haven't had this issue with my Tundra but with my Jeep Wrangler the same thing would happen if the negative battery cable was loose.
     
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  12. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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    You might need to take it to a shop that's specialized in electrical system or someone that knows how to look for parasitic drain on the system. If you have any aftermarket electronics like amps and other things you might want to leave them in plugged and see if that helps.
     
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  13. Mar 29, 2018 at 1:34 PM
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    The battery drain is the biggest indicator. Put an ammeter in line with the battery cable and see how much current is being drawn. Then, start pulling fuses until the drain goes away. That'll tell you which subsystem is causing problems. If the dealer hasn't done this test, find one with competent mechanics.
     
  14. Mar 29, 2018 at 2:23 PM
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    I don’t have anything connected to the electoral system except an alarm
     
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  15. Mar 29, 2018 at 2:28 PM
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    The entire truck electrical system is connected to the battery. Something is draining it, the ammeter and systematic removal of load will tell you what's wrong.
     
  16. Mar 29, 2018 at 2:32 PM
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    It seems to be a fairly common problem but no one has any answers
     
  17. Mar 29, 2018 at 2:33 PM
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    IDK about fairly common issue...That being said, it sucks it is happening.
    Does it throw any codes when you hook it up? And what do you mean by the battery goes dead in a half hour if your sitting in it? Is the key in the ignition? What setting?
     
  19. Mar 29, 2018 at 3:11 PM
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    That almost looks like a broken wheel sensor. Also, the actuator will not allow you to shift in/out of 4wd unless you're moving. At a stand still it normally will not do anything such as your video.
     
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    Sean, I believe the 4wd system requires you to be in park or neutral to place it in 4WD Low but moving up to 50mph to place it into 4WD Hi.
     
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    Right, in low you need to engage high first. But nothing will occur parked like he was...
     
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    Just trade it in for a new 1. Problem solved
     
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    I have seen threads like these before over on TT. Seems like every time it was either a broken sensor or damaged wire to the sensors. I'd start by checking the wheel sensors first as someone already mentioned.
     
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    Looking at the video my first thought was that it is Christmas. But then, maybe not. Maybe the wheel sensors. In seriousness, I would agree with the wheel sensors. I have had one that on a previous work truck where the cable got pinched and did something similar. If not the sensor, then go the route of checking the drain on the battery by eliminating areas through pulling fuses as someone has already mentioned above.
     
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    Taken from another forum. Hope this helps:

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    rodent chew some electric wiring maybe ?
     
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    Wow! Thank you very much!
     
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    I thought that too - especially since the wires are rodent attractive
     
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    Yep - one very similar to yours
     
  30. Mar 29, 2018 at 6:11 PM
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    I hope you figure your problem out . You added an alarm? I'd check there first.
    But thank God for the electoral system.. MAGA!
     
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