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What the hell is this???

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by ccress83, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Oct 6, 2020 at 4:32 AM
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    ccress83

    ccress83 [OP] Be A Good Human

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    Anyone know the purpose of this pedal/switch? I have an idea after i hit it accidently a couple years ago not realizing it was really there and freaking out when my truck wouldnt start. I know older vehicles this would be the brights but from what I understand its a kill switch. Anyone know exactly what it does would be helpful. Thank you have a good day. Stay safe.

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  2. Oct 6, 2020 at 4:35 AM
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    cnoyes72

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    On some really older vehicles that floor switch could also be the starter.
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2020 at 4:41 AM
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    773_eddie

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    Cnoyes72 is right that was a high beam switch on old cars if I remember correctly possibly in the 70s popular with GM vehicles
     
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  4. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:04 AM
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    Ericbike6

    Ericbike6 So we're doing this shit today?

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    Air bags, ARK liners, misc bullshit added also
    Some police departments will install them as a kill switch. Keeps people from borrowing their cars.
     
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  5. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:30 AM
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    Jerry311SD

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    Looks like the switch for the high beams on my Nova
     
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  6. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:49 AM
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    Jim LE 1301

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    It definitely looks like a old school high beam on off foot switch.
    If it is a kill switch it either breaks the positive or negative contact.
     
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  7. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:52 AM
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    TXRailRoadBandit73

    TXRailRoadBandit73 YOTAS,RAILROADIN',RÖKnRÖLLN',BEER,MAX/GEMMA

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  8. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:53 AM
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    Old school high beam switch, had that on my '80 Ford truck
     
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  9. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:53 AM
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    Yep 85 f150 I drove, had it there
     
  10. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:56 AM
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    This truck I drove was a full size Ford, but it was a Ranger, single cab, rear sliding window, dual tanks, small block V8
     
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  11. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:02 AM
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    tech1208

    tech1208 Old Salt, New truck

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    Just like in my 68' GTO.

    High Beam Switch.jpg
     
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  12. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:13 AM
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    ndg2e

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    Should be High Beams switch
     
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  13. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:14 AM
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    Prior owner most likely added the high beam headlight switch as an ignition kill switch.
     
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  14. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:22 AM
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    ccress83

    ccress83 [OP] Be A Good Human

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    Its definitely a kill switch of some kind. If I push my emergency brake in I hit it. And when I try to start truck again all my electric turn on it just doesnt turn the engine. But like why is it in my truck. I have a 2011. Im not that old at 37 so I never drove a vehicle with it but I remember my parents vehicles having them on their cars and usually it was brights. Ill have to check my dads 64 mustang and see if he has it on his. Thanks for the input, I just want to know if anyone else has this in their tundra.
     
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  15. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:33 AM
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    Because some goofball who had the truck before you thought they needed it there?
    You know it is a Kill Switch it sounds like and if you dont like it or want it there then just move it or remove it!
     
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  16. Oct 6, 2020 at 7:13 AM
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    Not factory. From the way the carpet is cut, obviously a one-off customization.

    As to why, only the installer knows for sure.
     
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  17. Oct 6, 2020 at 11:37 AM
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    MilesToEmpty

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    If the parking brake hits it, maybe they installed it as a kill switch for the ignition for security. Someone looking to steal a Tundra would probably have the means to do so, then be deterred when it wouldnt start.

    Adjust your parking brake so it doesnt go down as far? I keep might tights to it only presses down 2-3"
     
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  18. Oct 6, 2020 at 12:31 PM
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    If the parking brake triggers it maybe the previous owner's wife had the habit of not disengaging the parking brake before speeding away and he got tired of replacing pads. If the brake is engaged truck no start.
     
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