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Old 06-23-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Cruise control racing the engine

I live in an area that has a few hills, and on the highway when I'm on a climb even though the hill isn't all that steep but may have a long slop.My control cruse control throws me into a very low causing my rpms to jump into the 5k+ rpms. It's so dramatic that it feels like I'm drag racing someone up the hill.

All of my other vehicles will of course downshift sometimes but never near as drastic as the cruse control is doing on my Taco. I often find myself laughing thinking to myself while I'm driving it up the same hills without the cruse engaged and it barely ever needs to even downshift to keep the speed going up the hill.

Anyways, I was wondering if this is just a common charactoristic of the cruse control for the Tacoma or that I might have a faulty one?
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:40 AM   #2
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Pardon for this question - but ...I've heard of stranger things happening...

Do you have an auto or a manual?

What gear are you in at the time the rpm's go up to 5,000?

I'm gonna assume you have an Auto.... are you in "D" and not "4"?
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:47 AM   #3
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The cruise control in these Toyota's likes to do that. My Dad's '07 Camry likes to downshift and redline doing 80MPH when the cruise is on, even though Florida is completely flat.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:08 AM   #4
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Yep, makes you NOT want to use the cruise control due to the gas that you thought you were saving by using the cruise control going out the window when the fricken engine redlines for 30 seconds.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:55 AM   #5
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I had the same problem on my 95 camry I guess its just one of those things I just turned it off when I came to a hill
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gas goes to shit when the cruise control is used on these trucks
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:13 PM   #7
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Heh, looks like its just something I'll have to get used to. Thanks all for the replies though.
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The cruise on my 96 Avalon was great, it didn't act this way. My 97 Tacoma, my 05 Avalon and my new 2008 Tacoma do. It's a PIA.
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