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ECT snow feature Toyota Highlander 2005

How do you turn on 4 wheel drive in 2005 Toyota Highlander ? What does  "ECT Snow" button   do ?

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  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same question for a 2001 Highlander. There is no 4x4 switch? Just the ECT Snow button.

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    when Im in dep snow the engine literally quits due to the elcetronic stability and skid conrol features . Can i turn that stuff off?

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    what wheel do you start with



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Turn vehicle on, with foot on brake put vehicle in NEUTRAL. Still holding brakes move 4x4 switch to 4 wheel drive, it should engage. The ECT snow is just s feather that make the transmission take off in 2nd gear so its not a fast take off and you wouldn't skid. Good Luck

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

  • mpg4444 Nov 04, 2010

    We have a 2006 4WD Highlander but there is no 4WD switch I can find! Only the ECT snow switch. Where id the 4 X 4 switch located?



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