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3rd Gen Traction Control Modes Explained

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

  1. Dec 26, 2020 at 12:57 PM
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    Neither of those modes work in 2wd, so none
     
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  2. Dec 27, 2020 at 4:18 AM
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    I love the setting diagram on what activates what. I just wish there were an equally clear guide on the best practice of when to use the different settings.
     
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  3. Dec 27, 2020 at 10:22 AM
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    Traction control isn't causing any adjustments during "normal" driving. If you aren't applying enough throttle to break traction, cornering hard enough to begin skidding, or evasive maneuvering it's irrelevant what mode you're in. If you get in those situations often enough to worry about their effects on fuel economy you probably should have a YouTube channel.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2021 at 8:59 AM
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    What's a preious?
     
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  5. Jan 12, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    Thanks for your help ma'am, I'll keep that in mind next time.
     
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  7. Jan 19, 2021 at 1:47 PM
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    Such a great thread, thanks all for contributing the info, and for OP for distilling it into the awesomely clear first post.

    I feel like I've got a pretty good grasp of TRAC, MTS, and Crawl... my question is now, when would the rear locker actually help beyond what MTS/Crawl can do? Like in what kind of hypothetical situation might I go, "huh, Crawl just ain't gonna do it, better lock out the year diff."
     
  8. Jan 19, 2021 at 3:09 PM
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    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/stuck-1-wheel-spins-2007-auto-lsd.694466/#post-24556590

    The simple explanation is a brake actuated traction system cannot max out the use of ALL available grip. A locker does, always.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2021 at 3:26 PM
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    That is a really simple, clear answer. And I get why, now, with your explanation of the electronic brake actuated system not being aggressive enough to match a mechanical system. Pasting from that linked thread for anybody else who had the same question:

    Thanks!
     
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  10. Jan 19, 2021 at 3:38 PM
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    The only condition I felt having the rear locker on improved driving in low range was in snow, off road snow. This is so there is no braking of a slipping wheel when you are just having fun.

    Of course I always keep the A-TRAC on (active), but when the rear locker is also engaged, the A-TRAC is offline unless the speed drops to under 3 mph.
    In other words, if you are stuck or close to being stuck, then, the front end gets the locker-like traction of both wheels working together.

    Amazing systems on our Tacomas!
     
  11. Jan 26, 2021 at 4:47 PM
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    THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS

    I just got my truck last month and all these abbreviated settings were making no sense.
     
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    From what I gather, when you're stuck.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2021 at 7:04 PM
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    How can I spin the best donuts in my Automatic TRD sport???!!!

    I think I have all trac control off, get spinning and some type of governor kicks in and slows me down :-((

    any tips?!
     
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    Long press while stopped. You should see the VSC OFF light AND the TRAC OFF light illuminated on your dash.
     
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  15. Mar 15, 2021 at 8:39 PM
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    appreciated!

    I’ll try it out and report back. I thought that’s what I did but obviously I’m doing something wrong.

    I’ll get back soon ✌️
     
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    A $35,000 vehicle is better than that... respect the Tacoma.
    Even with VSC OFF (stop, press button, and hold in 3 seconds), driving stupid will automatically turn the VSC back on to try and keep you from rolling the truck!
    People do stupid things, then they want to sue Toyota for their actions! That is why we now have nanny protections... for those who haven't grown up!
     
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    while I agree with u that I should never disrespect my Tacoma we have different views on what respecting the Tacoma means. Spinning a few donuts in some gravel or mud in my Tacoma is respecting it in my mind
     
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    Buy a gocart... Best for donuts! Put a Toyota badge on it!
     
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    Good idea. I have motorcycle that satisfies most of the ya-yas. The acceleration, speed, and cornering that you can get for $5k or less even makes supercars look silly at 20x the price.
     
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