2016-2018 Toyota Tacoma Water Leak at Rear of Cab - Center High Mount Stop Lamp

MG

Moderator
Some 2016 – 2018 model year Tacoma vehicles equipped with an LED type center high mount stop lamp may exhibit a water leak into the rear of the cab. Upon closer inspection, it may become apparent that the water leak is coming from the space between the center high mount stop lamp and the body of the vehicle. Follow the Repair Procedure in bulletin T-SB-0055-18 Revision 1 to address this condition.

New Part Number 81570-04050


This repair is covered under the Toyota Basic Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle’s in-service date.

 
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David Schroeder

Guest
Why would an item that is not affected by the amount of mileage you put on a vehicle have such a limited warranty? I've owned my vehicle for 41 months and have 110,000 miles on it. For a vehicle that has such a good reputation, by Toyota saying that the quality of is brake light is only good for 36 months or 36,000 miles is disappointing at best.
 
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C. Magee

Guest
always wondered why is i went thru a car wash my back window leaked, now I know it is the 3rd brake light assembley!!! This sucks because Toyota apparently isn't going to do anything about it!!!
 
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Bobby's world

Guest
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD sport. Same issue. Leaked out of the moon roof I thought, But I took it into Toyota to fix it under warranty it was the 3rd break light. After 8 months and out of warranty I happened to notice the leak was no longer coming out of the moonroof but now coming out of the rear seat belt upper brackets left and right sides. Would not of noticed that accept my kids were with me at the car wash they got wet . Only when the seat belt was worn did a lot of water pour onto the young passengers instead of behind the panels on the walls of the truck.

Dealer says sorry not my problem. Toyota says sorry but hear is what you do. Pay a dealer to evaluate it again. Then you will know . No we won't guarantee we will fix it or even care that you will have to pay to get it fixed. No we don't care that it is damaging your very new truck. Also we will not put anything in writing that even acknowledges we know about this issue. We will send you an email that says have a nice day call us if you have any further questions. Well the good news is, other brands of trucks are out their.

Sad that I have owned Toyotas my whole life and never had any issues with any of them. Until now. I guess I will see if the other brands treat their loyal customers this way. Toyota I felt used to be the best small truck maker out their. I wonder what their motto will be now. I should have known it couldn't last for ever. Thanks for letting me vent.
 
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James Ward

Guest
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD sport. Same issue. Leaked out of the moon roof I thought, But I took it into Toyota to fix it under warranty it was the 3rd break light. After 8 months and out of warranty I happened to notice the leak was no longer coming out of the moonroof but now coming out of the rear seat belt upper brackets left and right sides. Would not of noticed that accept my kids were with me at the car wash they got wet . Only when the seat belt was worn did a lot of water pour onto the young passengers instead of behind the panels on the walls of the truck.

Dealer says sorry not my problem. Toyota says sorry but hear is what you do. Pay a dealer to evaluate it again. Then you will know . No we won't guarantee we will fix it or even care that you will have to pay to get it fixed. No we don't care that it is damaging your very new truck. Also we will not put anything in writing that even acknowledges we know about this issue. We will send you an email that says have a nice day call us if you have any further questions. Well the good news is, other brands of trucks are out their.

Sad that I have owned Toyotas my whole life and never had any issues with any of them. Until now. I guess I will see if the other brands treat their loyal customers this way. Toyota I felt used to be the best small truck maker out their. I wonder what their motto will be now. I should have known it couldn't last for ever. Thanks for letting me vent.
 
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James Ward

Guest
Dealing with the same bullshit right now. My truck has 46,000 miles on it and it is 3 years 1 month and 19 days old. Massive water leak through the third brake light, water damaged headliner all interior carpet, possible curtain airbag damage also, and they want me to pay $5,000 to fix it. Unfucking real.
 
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Jerad Mack

Guest
Thanks for this video. I've gone through the steps and removed the old light. Any advice on how much to tighten the new one?
 
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T Norville

Guest
2017 just rolled 39,000 and huge water leak around back window. My wife was sitting in the back and noticed during a heavy rain. Went to dealer, sorry out of warranty.
 
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Carlos Sandoval

Guest
I noticed a musty smell on my truck now for the past few months, after some research come to find out it’s my 3rd brake light on my 2016 Tacoma, now what can I do before this becomes a health issue for my family and myself, I don’t want my family and kids to be exposed to mold, btw it’s out of the 3/36,000 warranty it has 39,000 miles, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
 
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J. Hasenbein

Guest
Just happened to me today sons first truck 2016 Tacoma TRD 4X4 with a leaking 3rd Brake light. Tacoma Dealership in Clarksville, TN said well yep it’s leaking yes we e known about it and tough shit.. Stand by your products Toyota!!
 
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Kev

Guest
My 2016 TRD Sport 4x4 did it yesterday in a pretty good rain. Thankfully I was almost to my house so not a lot of water came in and was able to clean it up. Went to the dealer today AND called Toyota and same story as everyone else here: they know about but won't fix it. This is not a check engine light or an issue you can drive around with. This is my first Toyota and I like my truck, but it will probably be my last Toyota after this experience.
 
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