Almost all Toyota and Lexus cars, and also some models made by other manufacturers, have just a simple little button that drivers can push to assist make getting started in snowy conditions a bit easier.
If you drive a Toyota vehicle look first at your gear shift lever. On many cars, you will discover a button called “Snow” or “ECT Snow.” In snowy or icy conditions that little button will vary the way your transmission works in a way that will assist you get started. The transmission simply starts the vehicle off in second gear instead of first. Ask any Toyota or Lexus owner that uses it, and they will tell you it functions.
Lexus and other manufacturers seem to hide the button. On Lexus IS and GS cars, it is often under the steering wheel hidden from view. Check your owner’s manual if you have trouble. Some cars use the system settings on the trip computer to actuate this system. If your car does not have a “Snow” button but does have an “ECO” mode, use that. Eco modes simply lowers the throttle, and that can assist in snow.
If you observe that little button with the car skidding and an “Off” button on it, take note. The reason that traction and stability controls can be set to “off” is so incase you are stuck, you can use the transmission to rock the vehicle back and forth a bit by starting in drive and giving a touch of gas, then shifting to reverse and giving a touch of gas and repeating. By rocking the vehicle, one is sometimes able to move the vehicle out of a rut and move it forward.
What is the Electronic Control Transmission ECT
The electronic control transmission is an automatic transmission that uses modern electronic technologies to control the transmission. The transmission itself apart from the apart from the valve body and the speed sensor is almost the same as a a complete hydraulic controlled transmission although it equally consist of electronic units, sensors ans the electronic controlled actuators and units.
The electronic sensors do the work of monitoring the speed of car, gear position selection and throttle opening, transferring this information to the ECU. The ECU then regulates the operation of the clutches and the brakes depending on this information and then controls the shifting points and the torque converter lockups
What are the functions of the ECT
The ECT button available in your car does the toggling of the electronic controlled transmission on and off. This transmission system makes use of the hydraulics to actuate the clutches and bands that are controlled by electronic solenoid, meant to simplify the vehicle’s transmission while offering more advanced control.
With ECT, cars provide more elaborate control schemes. It does not only monitor the car speed and throttle position, the transmission controller can equally monitor the engine speed when the brake pedal is pressed and also the anti-lock braking system as well. When to use your ECT Using your car’s electronically controlled transmission, your car’s engine is able to shift at higher revs. Now, a good time to use this button of your engine is when you have needed to accelerate quickly, same as when merging onto the freeway. Acceleration is observably quicker with the Electronic Controlled Transmission on, however it should be stated that it greatly lowers your car’s efficiency. So when you could allow it and experience the influx of power all of the time, if you are interested in saving at the fuel pumps, we do not recommend it.