What is Toyota Crawl Control?

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For anyone who spends a lot of time going off road in the sand or mud, there is nothing more frustrating than getting stuck and having to rely on a buddy or worse yet someone you don't even know to pull you out of this "sticky" situation. Ask anyone who has ever spent hours digging or winching out and he or she is sure to tell you it is past time for technology to be developed that will make this a thing of the past.

Making Getting Stuck Old News

Toyota has been listening to their buyers since the day they debuted their first all-wheel drive vehicle. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be their first four wheel drive truck to feature "Crawl Control", a new addition to the already impressive four wheel drive Multi-Terrain Control Suite. In simple terms the Crawl Control system removes the driver from the equation once the vehicle is stuck. It takes over both the accelerator and brakes when driving through rough terrain or when you get stuck, leaving you with nothing to worry about but the steering.

How Does Crawl Control Work?

This fantastic new technology is designed to operate each of the wheels independently of each other any time you turn the system on. It takes over both the power being supplied to the wheels and the braking so that you can keep you mind on steering in the right direction. You can even take your foot off the brake or gas pedal and let your 2016 Toyota Tacoma take over.

The Crawl Control system collects a wealth of information from a number of sensors located at each of the wheels and elsewhere in the vehicle. This information is then routed to the ECU, which then collates it and used the results to send a series of commands to the connected components, allowing them to carry out their required tasks.

Among the sensors included in the system are wheel speed sensors at each wheel and a series of vehicle traction and stability sensors. The stability controls can also be used in conjunction with the Crawl System as both of these systems have been designed to control both the amount of power and braking supplied to each wheel independently, however they do so for a different reason.

The Crawl Control system uses information gathered from all of the different sensors to determine the perfect amount of power to be supplied to each wheel independently or to all of the wheels at the same time. It can also determine the best time to apply braking to the wheels when the system has been activated.

Operating Crawl Control

In order to activate Crawl Control the vehicle must be stationary and your foot must be on the brake pedal. At the same time the transmission must be in the neutral position. You then place the transfer case in the 4 low or low range position and place the transmission in drive or reverse. Now you can turn on the Crawl Control and choose anyone of 5 different speeds. Simply remove your foot from the brake pedal and let the system take over, the vehicle will now begin to move on its own.

The Crawl Control system can be used on a consistent basis for up to 12 minutes at a time. You can override the system by simply operating the brake or accelerator pedal manually at any time during this 12 minute period. The Crawl Control system was initially introduced in the 2008 Toyota Landcruiser and can now be found in several SUVs such as the 4Runner, Prado, and Lexus LX. While it might not stop you getting a few scratches on your new Tacoma, you can count on Crawl Control to reduce or eliminate your risks of getting stuck in the future.

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