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Toyota Tacoma Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 2nd generation 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma with pictures.

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Paul B. Michaels
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2013 Tacoma Fuse Box
Push In Tab - Release Clip
Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
This automotive maintenance DIY tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Hilux, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This 2013 Tacoma is equipped with the relatively newer style low profile mini blade fuses.

If necessary, they can be replaced with the slightly taller standard mini blade fuses.

New fuses can be purchased at Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, NAPA, Auto Zone, Pep Boys or online at Amazon.

Fuse Location Diagram
Driver Side Dashboard
Small Storage Drawer
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right side of the engine bay.

The engine bay electrical box is located just behind the 12V automotive battery.

Push in the tab on the rear edge of the fuse box cover to release the retaining clip.

Gently pull the fuse box cover off and turn it over.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the fuse box cover and also another one in your owner's manual.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be attached to the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

If the tool is missing, you may also be able to use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

The interior passenger compartment electrical block is located under the driver side of the dashboard near where your left knee would normally reside while driving.

Open Storage Compartment
Gently Remove Drawer
Fuse Location Diagram
To access the interior fuse panel, open the small storage drawer and gently pull it out of the dashboard.

There is a fuse location diagram on the back side of the storage compartment.

Interior Fuse Panel
Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
Squeeze the end of the white plastic fuse puller tool to open the jaws.

Place the jaws over the old fuse you'd like to check or change and then pull it straight out of the socket.


Pull Out Old Fuse
Hold Up To Light Bulb
Push In New Fuse
To check the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal strip in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse is burnt or broken, the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced.

If the thin metal bar in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good. But since new fuses are so inexpensive, the old fuse should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

Push a new low profile mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating (5, 10, 15, 20 & 25) straight in to the socket.

If you can't find low profile fuses, you can also use an older style mini blade fuse which will just stick out of the socket a bit.

Replace Fuse Puller Tool
Line Up Fuse Box Cover
Push Down To Secure Clips
Re-attach the fuse puller tool to the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

Line up the fuse box cover and gently push it back in to place to secure the retaining clips.

Line Up Plastic Hinges
Re-Attach Storage Drawer
Close Storage Compartment
Line up the two plastic hinges on the storage drawer and re-attach them. Gently pop in the plastic stops near the top of the storage drawer behind the dashboard.

Close the storage drawer to complete the procedure.

Test the electrical component that you were having problems with such as the horn, radio, A/C, wiper blades, tail lights, headlights, 12V power outlet, power windows, etc.

If the issue hasn't been resolved, you might have a shorted out wire somewhere or the electrical component itself is faulty and needs to be replaced.

For more, check out my other 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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