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2005 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 multi function overhead console which shows outside temp and compass reading. It stopped working. 37K miles---go figure. Any ideas on where to start trouble shooting? Any other reports on problems. I am probably one of the first as mileage is still pretty low on 05's

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  • cacbball87 Sep 13, 2008

    my overhead console went out at 62k and some change. i dont kno how to remove the console in one piece without feeling like im going to rip it our of my headliner. help! this is an annoying problem. also, my lights behind my climate control gauges went out?? what can i do here?

  • Anonymous Oct 10, 2008

    my compass and temp gague in the overhead console went out. I have tried turning in on but nothing happens. Need help here!

  • obarto Nov 14, 2008

    The compass and temperature display is not working...same as what the others have described. I have no idea how to open this consol either!



    Dave O

  • garyr73 Nov 15, 2008

    outside temp and compass display went out at about 40K miles. Could it be a fuse?

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    My 2005 Tacoma did the same thing and I can not find any fuses out.

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    compass quit working took it apart had a burn spot on screen. parts made in taiwan and mexico go figure.

  • vfr800fi Dec 13, 2008

    I was told, correctly, that the problem was a 510 resistor becoming dislodged. I re-soldered mine and the display worked again. However, in the process of trying to acquire a replacement for a lost clip, 2 of which hold the front portion of the console in place, from the local dealer, my soldering job also failed and the resistor was lost. So, I need, either, an identical 510 Ohm resistor, a temp/compass module, or the entire overhead console with glasses case, r/l dome lights and the temp/compass display. Anybody got a clue? Thanks, mark@removabletops.com

  • alejandrog80 Jan 03, 2009

    Hello, roof console where the compass and the outside temperature gage goes, suddendly stoped working.. What could it be? The only thing I have done lately is replace the factory cd player for an aftermarket one.

  • Roscoe Turner Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have 90,000 miles on my 2005 Tacoma and it stop working and 85,000 miles. I can't figuer out how to get to the unit in the overhead console.





  • mawak Apr 16, 2009

    I have a 2005 Tacoma and the thermometer and compass stopped working.  At first it was on an off and then back on and off a few times more. Now totally out.  How do you get the whole console out of the roof?We can see the  plastic like fingers that is holding it in the roof, but can't figure how to get this out without break the plastic fingers. Help!

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I found the solution to this on one of the Toyota Tacoma forums, there is a service bulletin out for this particular problem, a replacement circuit board to do a factory repair is 800 to 1000 dollars depending on which Toyota dealer you want to throw your money at.
The way you get the overhead console apart is to open up the sunglass holder and remove the lone screw in the middle. Some say it is a Torx head screw, mine was a phillips which I promplty dropped into the far reaches of the passenger seat and had to retrieve ith with a magnet.
Once thats done, grab the front of the console between it and the headliner. I tried a nice steady pull but I think it would be better to use a quick **** to dislodge the clips. It is a little scary because I'm sure the console is high-dollar too. Pull straight down to keep from breaking off the plastic posts on the console. The bad part for me was that when it all came apart, the metal clips came off and one is now lost in my headliner somewhere. I went to the local Toyota parts department, and yea they can get me a replacement, I have to order a minimum of ten at around $8.00, the other thing is, Helena MT.is a geographical oddity, two weeks away from anywhere. Whatever happened to customer service? I have a theory.
So, once you get the console down, disconnect the two connectors, one for the temp and one for the map lights. The console comes down, you can slide the connector off the console for the map light, and using a T-10 screwdriver, remove the three screws holding the circuit board to the console. Remove the lens from the circuit board and you should be able to see the 510 resistors. The one that came loose on mine was pretty easily seen. To verify this is the problem with the nonfunctioning indicator, press on the resistor with the unit plugged back in the truck, it should light up. Keep in mind, while you are admiring your troubleshooting expertise while holding the resistor down, those bad boys heat up pretty quickly.
I was able to solder mine back on very carefully using my weller gas powered soldering iron and some .032 diameter solder, use a clean, newly-tinned tip and it should be fine. Be careful not to heat the board too much.
Installation is the reverse of removal, unless you lose a clip, good luck finding those.

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  • rlionelc Dec 29, 2010

    You are the man! BUT! I haven't soldered the loose 510 yet. It is so small, I'm afraid I'll sneeze.
    Can the joint be repaired in place (without removing the 510?)
    Richard

  • monoboy99es May 16, 2011

    I just did the fix of the 510 and it works great. Thanks for the help. It was so easy once I knew what to do. I spent an hour working on the connection since I thought that was the issue since it would come on it I pressed hard enough or smacked it. All I was doing then was connecting the 510 for a brief second. thanks again.

  • KAKruger May 16, 2011

    Here is another update to this problem, I was mistaken earlier when I said that the circuit board was 800 to 1000 dollars. The solder thing worked for awhile, not sure if I didn't get the job done well enough, I did repeat the repair 2 or 3 more times before it stopped working altogether. The good news is, you can buy just the printed circuit board from the dealer. I can't remember off hand how much it cost but it was around $150 dollars, still pricey but reasonable. I have had my new board installed for quite a while and have had no further problems. If the dealer says they can't get the board, let me know, I will go back to the dealer here in Helena and get the part number. P. S. I did find all the clips and got everything back together. While I was in there, I did the mod so that my map lights turn on with the dome light when the door is open, that's super cool too.

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Thanks to vfr800fi i found my trouble too!!!!! mine died @15000 miles and kept puuting off fixing til it was too late. i have been driving 2 years without my guage cause i refused to spend 1000 dollars for the P.O.S. i actually have the "burn" mark in the corner of my screen so i emailed the manufacturer and to my surprise they actually responded. i thought the screen burned out but was informed the if the sceen is not fogged up the vacuum is still good in the display and probably not the problem. i just found this site today and checked that resistor. i put a little pressure on the 510 spot and to my amazement it lit up. YAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! now i just have to have it soldered. i have a friend that builds circuit boards so im sure its a piece of cake.

Thanks again whoever VFR800FI is

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I had the same issue, took it apart and in the bottom right hand side of the screen it has a "burn" mark. The 510 connection had also gone bad, so I soldered the 510 back and tested the connection, which is good. But it still doesnt work. Any ideas on what else I can do to fix it without dropping $800 at the dealer?

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Fixing the problem with the above posted solutions made it a breeze. Thanks for sharing and saving us all $$$. Bad soldering on pcb with cold solder joints. Just be careful when seprating the pcb enclosure. I broke off one of the plastic tabs, no worries though, just use some electrical tape to secure the broken area.

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I did what yo said and mine worked also. Now I have to get it soldered. Nice effort.

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Good work, KAKruger. Quite possible you did not loose a clip.
There was only one installed on mine.

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Hi all,
We repair the compass / ambient temp displays in Tacomas (Toyota calls them accessory meters).
We use all new components (vital to keep it from happening again) and install heatsinks to draw away heat. http://www.siliconmethod.com
Or you can email me (Greg) at: repair@siliconmethod.com

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