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Power ECT

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ptowntaco, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Nov 10, 2010 at 11:08 PM
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    Ptowntaco

    Ptowntaco [OP] Camburg :)

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    I could not find anything about my question with the search... I was wondering is it better for your truck/MPG to drive with it on all the time? Also will it harm anything over time?
     
  2. Nov 10, 2010 at 11:39 PM
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    there was a thread on this like 2 days ago
     
  3. Nov 10, 2010 at 11:49 PM
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    Ptowntaco [OP] Camburg :)

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    Really? my bad i cant find it in the search...
     
  4. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:10 AM
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    My ultraguage shows there isn't that much difference in mpg. And it shifts easier up and over hills and overpasses. I don't use it though. If it helped then it would be one of those obvious things that we all learned about when we first got our trucks. Just keep it off and enjoy your slow truck Bryce :D
     
  5. Nov 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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  6. Nov 11, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    Lol thanks Jake.

    Sorry I guess I am just not good at searching...
     
  7. Nov 11, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    Ha... Searchbar fail!
     
  8. Nov 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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    Ive found that ECT on or off makes no difference when you drive with a regular/light foot. ECT Power on just lets the trany stay in a lower gear more easier. With power off, even when you get heavy on the gas, the trany tends to upshift too soon and is sluggish to down shift. Therefore, ive found it much easier to drive with Power on.

    As far as gas mileage, With Power off, I tend to get lower gas mileage when Im trying to drive hard and the same gas mileage when I drive easy. Again, this is why I keep Power on.

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. Nov 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    it will change the shift points of the transmision and make it hold gears for a longer time. It also prevents the torque converter from unlocking so soon. It will drop your mileage a little. if you are towing or driving in the mountains though you will have lower tranny temps with it on and more power. It wont hurt anything to run it all the time but there really is no need.
     
  10. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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    As already mentioned it extends the shift points on your automatic transmission giving you that little extra power/response.

    The Tacoma Manual says to keep it off for optomize fuel efficiency.

    I find it most useful in offroad and rush-to-work situations, otherwise i leave it off.
     
  11. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    I leave mine on all the time and get better mileage with it on. Give it a try, it won't hurt anything.
     
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