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Old 05-05-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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need help figuring out this button

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me with what this button is
suppose to do its the button by the left airconditioning vent? I also was wondering if it was only in the v6 model and the v6 4x4 only. Does that button apply to the 2004 toyota tacoma 4 cylinder automatic sr5 truck?




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Old 05-06-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me with what this button is
suppose to do its the button by the left airconditioning vent? I also was wondering if it was only in the v6 model and the v6 4x4 only. Does that button apply to the 2004 toyota tacoma 4 cylinder automatic sr5 truck?




If I could actually see what's on the button I might be able to help.
I had a 2000 Taco, so memory is not serving me very well. What is printed on the button?
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:53 PM   #4
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I can't read it in the picture..but does it say

"Clutch Start Cancel"???
doubt it. The picture shows an auto.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:59 PM   #5
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That's your electronic trans control...basically the "power switch"-which is computer controlled to hold out each gear at a higher rpm before shifting into the next gear. Basically to pass, etc.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:02 PM   #6
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And just to let ya know, that other switch closer to the steering column and just to the right of the dash dimmer knob is your rear differential lockout which turns the rear end from a limited-slip to a posi...use only in loose dirt/mud/gravel
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And just to let ya know, that other switch closer to the steering column and just to the right of the dash dimmer knob is your rear differential lockout which turns the rear end from a limited-slip to a posi...use only in loose dirt/mud/gravel
Technically limited slip and posi are one in the same.
The button engages the e-locker, which makes your open diff to completely locked.
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If the button says ECT (electronically controlled transmission), then as said before, it's for a little xtra power when passing other vehicles. I'm not sure if it was available in the 4 cyl trucks.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:30 PM   #9
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You're basically saying the same thing I did. My understanding of limited slip is when one wheel starts slipping LS reroutes power to the other wheel...wheras posi is power to both wheels all the time. So who's technical reference are you quoting here...GM labeled their LS as "positraction"-that doesn't make it true posi.
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I had a 99 4cyl, and it had that button.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:50 PM   #11
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By the way my last post was in response to zmt's post
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By the way my last post was in response to zmt's post
I wondered, but figured that was the case.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:59 PM   #13
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In that case I'm glad I clarified Toy!!!
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I have a question related to the ECT button. If I understand correctly, it helps the transmission shift more efficiently than it might normally. Is this close? I read that it will shift at lower RPM's and that it will lock out of overdrive until the engine is warm. With that being said (assuming it is accurate), is there any problem with leaving it on all the time? Also, does leaving it on affect gas mileage in any way? Any help/advice will be greatly appreicated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:32 PM   #16
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I have a question related to the ECT button. If I understand correctly, it helps the transmission shift more efficiently than it might normally. Is this close? I read that it will shift at lower RPM's and that it will lock out of overdrive until the engine is warm. With that being said (assuming it is accurate), is there any problem with leaving it on all the time? Also, does leaving it on affect gas mileage in any way? Any help/advice will be greatly appreicated. Thanks in advance.
Hi buddy like I said earlier, it holds each gear (under decent accelleration) to a higher RPM before it upshifts. Your tranny actually shifts more efficiently (as in fuel) with the ECT off because it then wants to shift to the next gear ASAP for economy. Try it yourself on the freeway. Youll notice in ECT mode the tranny tends to wind out the engine a bit more
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Thanks for the info. One more question, is it best to engage/disengage the ECT power while the truck is in park, neutral, driving, etc. or does it even matter? Just curious. Thanks again...
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:35 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info. One more question, is it best to engage/disengage the ECT power while the truck is in park, neutral, driving, etc. or does it even matter? Just curious. Thanks again...
Naw I think it's not a problem-but me being a quirky guy, I will engage mine at a stop rather than in motion. I personally dont use mine much because I like the shiftpoints the tranny uses when ETC is off. If I want more RPMs I'll work the overdrive button or cowboy the gears myself.
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I have engaged mine driving down the road,stopped, etc............never had a problem.
X2. It makes no difference weather or not you are moveing or parked when engaugeint the ECT .
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