"Shift L" button on dash of auto Tundra

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    Default "Shift L" button on dash of auto Tundra

    OK: I am about to take the plunge with an '05 V6 Tundra with automatic transmission. Just what does the "Shift L" button on the dash, just to the right of the steering column, do? The salesman could not tell me, as it seems to be a feature that is new to the '05 models and the five-speed auto transmission. Can anyone help me?

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    You have to press this button in to get it to go into 1`st gear. The column itself only allows down to second. Push the button and you have 1st. Odd but that is what it does.
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    By the way, check my local dealer in Columbia, SC and see if they beat Atlanta prices on the truck you are looking at. When I bought mine they had some good deals. Just go to Dick Deyers website and click on virtual showroom. I bought a DC 05 Tundra for what other places were selling dc 05 Tacomas for with less options.
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    the truck will start off in first no matter where u put the shifter or how the L button is used...the button is used if u are going downhill and want to lock the tranny in low gear to use the engine as a brake...no more, no less...

    as someone who actually uses this feature at times i think it would be cool if my truck had the button..i have to use the gear shifter and manually shift it to low if i need the engine break for downhill use...if u don't use the button the truck drives just any other automatic...

    once again for those who need this info twice in one post....the truck starts off in FIRST GEAR...this button has NOTHING to do with that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdwrkr51
    OK: I am about to take the plunge with an '05 V6 Tundra with automatic transmission. Just what does the "Shift L" button on the dash, just to the right of the steering column, do? The salesman could not tell me, as it seems to be a feature that is new to the '05 models and the five-speed auto transmission. Can anyone help me?

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    Default This last reply was 100% accurate.

    I asked three salesmen before buying my '05 regular cab with 5 spd automatic, and not one could answer this question correctly. You are right, the button is intended to lock the transmission in first gear for creeper work, or engine braking on a downhill - this per the owners manual and my personal experimentation. Thanks!

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    glad i could help..enjoy your new toy


    Quote Originally Posted by wdwrkr51
    I asked three salesmen before buying my '05 regular cab with 5 spd automatic, and not one could answer this question correctly. You are right, the button is intended to lock the transmission in first gear for creeper work, or engine braking on a downhill - this per the owners manual and my personal experimentation. Thanks!

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