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The ECT button on the dashboard lights up when i push it, but the extra torque or horsepower is not kikking in anymore. took it to the mechanic he said try it on the FWY, it didnt work.Can you please advice me what to look for, i have some mechanical knowledge.

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The ETC button does NOT provide "extra horsepower" or "extra torque". Not at all. What it REALLY does is "stretch-out" the shift points between the 1-2 and the 2-3 upshifts. In other words, if the trans shifts at approx 15-18 mph without the ETC on, it will shift at approx 18-22 mph with the ETC on. This is provided to make the shift points "longer" if you are carrying a heavier load than normal. Thusly making it easier for the trans to get the vehilce up to speed. There is a lot of "confusion" about the ETC, but the above text is 100% true.

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