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Clutch Start Cancel vs Emergency Brake (E-brake)

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by TacomaRumble, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM
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    TacomaRumble

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    So I've been reading up on the Clutch Start Cancel button and its uses. My current understanding is that it is primarily used for two purposes:

    1) Start the truck w/o the clutch when you're outside and don't want to get in to depress the clutch.

    2) When you're on a hill and you stall, you use this button to help get the truck moving forward w/o rolling backwards.

    My question involves the 2nd use above.

    For better or for worse, I was taught to use the E-brake when on a hill in order to avoid rolling backward. Basically as your clutch engages you start disengaging the e-brake and begin your ascent without moving backwards. This has always worked great for me, and it seems fairly smooth and stress free. So my question is, when and why would I use the clutch start cancel button over this seemingly more controlled method of using the e-brake?

    I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question. I'm still new to the 4x4 world, and I've been unable to find the answer to this question.
     
  2. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:24 PM
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    well using the clutch start cancel button is mainly used for just starting it without the clutch be pressed, it doesnt assist you to start on a hill like realeasing the E-Brake. the only real advantage of the button would be to limp your way out of somewhere with that button pressed and turning the vehicle over if it cant start. But i think your over thinking what that button does and/or dont really understand that button.

    thats just my take tho, im sure their are other things that im right and or wrong about.
     
  3. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    That makes sense. Definitely can see it being handy if your truck isn't starting.

    And you may be right, I may be overthinking the button, guess I'm just trying to understand the advantages of this feature. It was just confusing me that no one mentioned the e-brake method to prevent the truck from rolling (maybe it's obvious?).
     
  4. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:36 PM
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    yea their was a member here that actually did this, i tired to find the thread but failed lol. It'll kill your battery but if it gets you out its worth it. Im sure someone else can chime in and give knowledge, hell look in the manual. It could say something in their.
     
  5. Feb 26, 2011 at 12:25 AM
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    It's designed to be used in L4. Say ur half way up an obstacle and you want to get out to check ur spot or you just killed ur engine climbing up, simply leave the truck in first gear turn the key to start and start driving. Or even if ur on a trail ride and everyone stops and ur on a hill do the same thing. Try it out before you need it to get a feel for it. I wouldn't recommend using it on the street or in 4h.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2011 at 12:51 AM
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    OK. I also learned to drive properly in a manual and using the brake on hills to prevent rolling backwards. This method works fine, but is better suited for a hand brake system (harder to smoothly do on the 1st Gen pull brake).

    Anyway my advise is to keep using the system you are comfortable with.

    Yes, the "hill start" button is designed to start the truck in gear. This may or may not work for you depending on the situation, certainly in 4low you'll have best success.

    Your method would work equally well.


    And I am perplexed by your first stated use for the button, "

     
  7. Feb 26, 2011 at 1:06 AM
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    Good info, thanks. I'll play with it to get the hang of it.

    For example, you have ski boots on and you wanna warm up your truck while you put your stuff away, hit the clutch start cancel switch and turn the truck on in neutral. Haven't done this myself but I could see the convenience.
     
  8. Feb 26, 2011 at 1:11 AM
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