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What does the "Snow Button" on the 09 Toyota Highlander mean? I cannnot see any instructions in the manual.
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QUOTE (Mr. Dominic @ Jul 16 2009, 12:07 PM)
What does the "Snow Button" on the 09 Toyota Highlander mean? I cannnot see any instructions in the manual.
Agoogle search revealed the following.
The "ECT" stands for Electronically Controlled Transmission. The "Snow" mode starts the transmission in 2nd gear rather than first so that the wheels don't have quite as much torque and are less likely to spin in inclement weather. Secondly, it changes the whole shift pattern of the transmission, particularly when accelerating from a start or when passing. It has the transmission change into higher gears earlier so that, again, when it is bad conditions you are less likely to spin the tires each time the transmission shifts up and when you go into a passing gear, it down-shifts only one rather than the usual 2 gears so that you don't have as dramatic a change in the power going to the wheels.



PS. Don't use it unless there is snow and only use/depress the button when stationary or you may foul up your transmission.
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