The ECT (electronic controlled transmission) has a switch near the shift selector, marked power and snow modes. Power is a select stop on the switch while snow is a momentary switch. When in power mode or snow modes, an indicator lamp indicates the mode active. Placing the switch to center will turn off the power mode.
It is used for additional RPM added to each gear change, meaning the shift occurs at a higher RPM than normal. Fuel mileage suffers when left in the power mode. It's good for traveling in mountainous areas.
the ect light came on on mu 1996 es300 and below that it says power can someone tell me what that means i have no manual to the car email email@example.com
it means Electonically Controlled Transmission. it basically delays your shifting to stay at a lower gear so you can pick up faster. now, you should thank the lord that we have it on our 96' ES because the car runs like a inline 4 without it
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Seriously on the '96, the transmission upshifts way too early and is kind of a drag. Great for fuel economy and it's finding the earliest possible point to shift into a higher gear. As a result, it becomes pretty darn lazy and unresponsive for highway passing unless I really nail it hard.
ECT PWR is a great touch and I know upshifts happen later given a certain amount of right foot. If I accel moderately from a stop: normal will give me an upshift around 10mph @ 2250rpm; power mode gives an upshift closer to 20mph @ 3250rpm. Downshifts seem to be somewhat more immediate too, although it's still lazy for my tastes.
It really is somewhat fun to nail the gas with it in power mode and watch the tach soar to the redline (or even just 4500rpm). But the higher rpms aren't good for fuel consumption, and the car starts lunging from gear to gear on upshifts.......thus I usually don't use it unless I'm in a sporting mood (if that's possible in a Lexus).
but do admit that with the ECT on the car feels/drives faster compared to it being off? thats what i meant
To me, with the ECT button on, it feels like I'm slower because since the RPM is high, it's like on a smaller gear. On lower RPM, it's like a larger gear. Therefore Larger gear=Higher speed. Just an opinion... (either that, you probably mean on take off, I mean when you are already rolling around 40-ish)