Solving Common Problems with the Toyota Tacoma Console
We think that a holiday should be named after the person who invented cup holders; that person was a genius for giving man something that can hold beer or soda. On a further note, we think a full holiday season should be named after the person who invented the car's console; that person was a god for giving man a device that can hold his drink AND food. But despite being the sacred thing that it is, the Toyota Tacoma console can also break or fail. To help you out during these times, we discussed the reasons behind the common problems with the console.
We're going to start with the question most people would start with: "Are you sure you didn't spill coke?" The basic reason behind sticky consoles is spilled food or drinks; because any common man would treat the console as a food tray on the road. Not wiping the console after placing bottles, glasses, or food on it can also make it sticky.
However, you should know that spilled food is not the only reason. Most consoles are made of plastic which can melt in time. An early sign of this is the smell of plastic every time you open the car door in the morning. It doesn't necessarily need a flamethrower to melt it; the constant exposure to the sun's rays is enough to slowly weaken the material.
Console light problems
You have a problem with the console's display light if it turns on a minute or more after you turn on the driving lights. This is, of course, a problem with the electrical connection inside the console. Chances are, some wires are grounded or cut; food or drinks may have spilled into the assembly and messed with the wirings, or a rodent is living inside your car and is eating the wires. Either way, the console needs to be taken apart and inspected.
In time, the bolts holding the console in place will get loose or rust. When this happens, you will notice that the console is shaking every time you hit the higher RPMs. In a different case, a console that would not fit securely in the middle of seats means that you bought the wrong console for your car.