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Clutch start cancel button for manual

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TXpro4X4, May 21, 2012.

  1. May 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM
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    TXpro4X4

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    Any one know what or how to properly use the button??:confused::confused:
    video would be appreciated.
     
  2. May 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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    Put in neutral. Push button. Start truck.
     
  3. May 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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    the manual says with it in gear
     
  4. May 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    No not in gear if you do it just lurks foward and dosent start its gotta be in neutral so itll start without the clutch
     
  5. May 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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    It's supposed to be used when you're on a hill. It's a hill start assist and left in gear.
     
  6. May 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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    this.

    I turn the key half way with the truck in neutral, press the button, and then turn the key all the way. I do this when I want to start my truck without getting in it.
     
  7. May 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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    I KNEW IT! any video anywhere?
    dont want to fuck my truck up!
     
  8. May 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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    Use it any way you want. Too lazy to push in the clutch? Press button. Stalled on a hill and won't start again? Push button and "crank" your way up.
     
  9. May 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM
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    The purpose of the clutch start cancel button is this.. In the event that you are on a steep grade, in 4 low, and stall the truck, you can without depressing the clutch. Example: have one foot on the brake, and one of the accelerator, then start the vehicle. This is the one and only purpose for the switch.

    Try it sometime on a steep driveway, or somewhere else safe. This is a very handy feature when off-road and more so a safety feature than anything. It isn't recommended that you do this anymore than needed as it is hard on the starter.
     
  10. May 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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    this is also true. but i never use it for this
     
  11. May 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM
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    pushing the button to start your truck in gear is a not so good idea. you still need to keep your truck in neutral. think of how loaded your starter is turning the engine, the transmission, and propelling your truck. if you do it often i can promise you you'll be replacing your starter often. if you're on a steep grade and your truck dies, you need to learn to ease off the clutch while simultaneously giving her a little gas. its pretty easy to do once you figure it out.


    edit: i use mine like especk does, to start my truck from outside (leaning in the window)
     
  12. May 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    It isn't great for the starter, or the flywheel if used on a regular basis, although this is the only reason your truck comes equipped with a clutch cancel button. It isn't there to start the car in neutral without depressing the clutch. It will work, but definitely was not intended for that purpose. I also beg to differ on the notion of needing to learn how to ease off the clutch on a steep grade. On any steep grade off road, depressing the clutch can be very dangerous, or simply all together not an option. Keep in mind, this feature was designed to be used ONLY in 4lo, which in turn puts much less stress on the starter due to the large gear reduction.
     
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    ^^^THIS

    It is made to start on a steep grade in low range where if you press the clutch you would start rolling backwards. That is what it was always in there for. Yes you can start the truck in neutral with it and not have to get in but, that is what it was made for.
     
  14. May 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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    Good to know. Key point - 4lo
     
  15. May 23, 2012 at 12:03 AM
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    Indeed. Starting my Jeep in 4-low first gear has saved my butt many times on the Rubicon. Seeing that button on the dash combined with the diff lock button made me like the Tacoma that much more :)
     
  16. May 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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    Huh, good to know!
    Why not just use the e-brake for steep hills and then put one foot on the clutch, one on the accelerator, start the clutch-accelerator transition, and then let the brake out to get into gear without rolling backwards? I do that all the time in hilly areas and off-road.
     
  17. May 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
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    Lol. If you want to know what happens when you try to start the truck in gear with the CSC, ask my sister. She decided to figure out what the CSC on my '90 4runner did with the truck in gear. Well, it started and drove straight through the fence and into the bushes in the back yard. She was so upset, I couldnt stop laughing....
     
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    I used to do this and never ever start in gear, but when I started driving some really gnarly trails my underwear and I found out that sometimes the e-brake just won't stop the truck from sliding towards a truck-eating boulder or a cliff. Also the e-brake method can be hard on the clutch and the rest of the drivetrain...the button is just so convenient.
     
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    The parking brake is a sloppy method, for the reasons stated above.
    You should ease off the clutch until the rpm starts to drop, then lift off the brake and hit the gas while lifting off the clutch. This method works well for most situations off-road. The button is for last resort. The starter has a low duty cycle and will overheat from repeated button usage.
     
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