Red button on Toyota Prado Import

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:05
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Just under twelve months ago I brought a 1998 Toyota Prado 90 series turbo diesel automatic. It's an impoted TX model with all the bells and whistles.
On the left hand side of the auto shifter on the consol is a little red button with Japanese writing on it. I can not speak Japanese and do not know what this button is for, I have pressed it whilst the car is running and when it's turned off but nothing seems to happen.
I am wondering if any one else have brought one of these imports and knows what this button is for.
My local Toyota dealer didn't have a clue and wasn't to interested to find out for me.

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Reply By: beatit - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:28

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:28
G'day Import,

In the absence of more knowledgable info!

Not sure about the Prado, a button like that could be an overide for the gearshift when the electrics have failed/turned off. Ths would allow a shift into neutral to move the car, try turning the car off and shifting with and without the button.

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Reply By: floyd - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:00

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:00
If it has a sunroof then it is the ejector seat button. Just before a rollover open roof, press button and you are away.
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Follow Up By: flappa - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:10

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:10
quote: It's an imported TX model with all the bells and whistles.

Button for the Cappuccino machine ???????
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:04

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:04
It's the auto shift overide button. Means that if you hold that button in you can chage the auto shift leave without having to have your foot on the brake.
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Reply By: Mike - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:18

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:18
no-no-no
the button is to unlock the shifter when the ignition is not on and you wish to shift the transmission into neutral from park. Press the button and shift the lever!
Simple
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Follow Up By: Chucky - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:57

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:57
I reckon that's what it is. My wife has a similar red button on her auto Frontera and thats what it does.
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