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3rd Gen Traction Control Modes Explained

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Doggman, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Aug 5, 2018 at 2:24 PM
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    Beta300rr

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    You know get rowdy, and spin some tire.
    I’ll do that and for some reason it always comes back on if I get even a little sideways while the wheels are spinning.
     
  2. Aug 5, 2018 at 5:20 PM
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  3. Aug 11, 2018 at 2:20 PM
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    This has been a very educational reading. Thanks for taking the time to test and put together this info. I do have one question which may be silly, but I would appreciate if some could clarify:

    From what I understood, if I change to 4low on my trd sport auto, without touching anything else, the TRAC system will be active, and it will provide a "simulated limited slip differential". My question is, do TRAC works for all the wheels or just for the rear wheels?
     
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  4. Aug 11, 2018 at 4:21 PM
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    TRAC works all the wheels that get power, so in 4WD, 4 tires. What I personally don't know is if there is TRAC in L4 in 3rd Gens... On 2nd Gens there is not. Only in H4 and H2 on 2nd Gens.
     
  5. Aug 11, 2018 at 4:53 PM
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    According to the table in the first post of this thread, there is.
     
  6. Aug 11, 2018 at 5:03 PM
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    Right, why I said personally.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2018 at 2:36 PM
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    Thanks OP, this is great info :thumbsup:
     
  8. Sep 4, 2018 at 9:31 AM
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    Why when you hold trac off it turns off the auto lsd?

    Also with the auto lsd on, does it cut engine power or is that why you hold it for 3 seconds so it's no computer messing with you therefore you have no lsd?

    So just pressing it for lsd is best for 2wd and holding it for 3 seconds is the playing/burnouts?
     
  9. Sep 4, 2018 at 9:54 AM
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    Been a long time, but per my memory.
    Short press when stationary gets you autolsd. This provides no engine regulation (normally until it gets enough yaw) and simulates a limited slip diff using brakes.
    Long press is fully open diffs with no engine regulation (until it gets excessive yaw)...
     
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  10. Sep 4, 2018 at 11:49 AM
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    Thank you for the clarification, I new the auto lsd helps cause I had it on while on a slope and the back end slid, then turned it off and it didnt slide.

    Alot different than the old 1st gen
     
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  11. Sep 30, 2018 at 12:07 AM
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    Just read the entire thread and what I learned is I have much to learn. I have no idea how or when to use all the drive train configurations in my truck. I feel like I should sign up for off-roading school. Is that a thing?
     
  12. Sep 30, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    I think that school is right here!

    The best advice I can give is to go to your nearest four-wheeling area and test each of you drive modes to see what they do.

    For me, 4WD is used when the ground and tires lose traction with each other. That usually is in the sand (beach or desert) or in deep ruts where one or more tires is not touching the ground or very rocky climbs.

    The main things I discovered with my 2010 Tacoma over my 2005 and 2001 Tacomas was that TRACTION CONTROL (in H4) made a big improvement in beach driving and the need to deflate the tires was diminished. With heavy loads, I still do best deflated but could now drive in deep sand without deflating when the truck was not loaded down. In H4, the TRAC is normally without engine regulation, but that changed in 2012 and has since required a quick press of the VSC OFF button to turn off the regulation (throttle cut)... Toyota calls this TRAC OFF (a poor name, because the TRAC is not off, but stronger). In 2WD, the quick push mode is called AUTO LSD and is known also as TRAC OFF.

    The other major discovery with my 2010 4WD OFF ROAD TRD was the A-TRAC system in L4. I found that it is about as amazing as can be and creates locker-like traction on all 4 wheels by matching the tire rotation across the axle using the brakes on a spinning tire, instead of the differential gears. The rear locker can be reserved only for emergencies (as Toyota advises) rather than used for many steep climbs or deep mud bogs. The A-TRAC is amazing and turns the Tacoma into a Sherman Tank off road. The Third Generation Tacoma automatics got an enhanced version of A-TRAC called MTS (Multi-Terrain Select) which is an adjustable A-TRAC system based on what terrain you are driving on. Always have the A-TRAC (MTS) on when in low range and you may never get stuck or need the locker.

    Now, go places!!!
     
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