TechStream is the diagnostic software that Toyota/Lexus uses. It can trouble shoot and make changes with the car and all of it's modules..etc. IE: I can program the car so that holding the unlock button on the fob rolls all the windows down, or I can change certain customization settings that you'd normally have to go to the dealer to. I work on all of our cars so I have all the software to be able to trouble shoot and do what the tech at the dealer would do.
Wow, that must be a nice thing to have!
I had to have the dealer program the window thing, and I also had them turn off the reverse beeper. Well, not turn it completely off, since you can't do that, but I had them change the setting so that it only beeps once instead of continuously. That continuous beeping was really annoying! I mean, hybrid or not, why do I need my car to beep at me when it's in reverse? I think I'd know if it was in reverse, especially wtih the backup camera screen looking right at me. Anyway, that may be something you wish to turn off as well.
I'm going to take the diode dynamics smart tap relay that I have on our Solara and try it on the CT when I get it.
Is it the same relay?
I figured something might conflict since the tap to flash is 3 by default and then you have the on board system trying to do it's thing. That's probably why when you have it set to zero at the car level since the minimum flash cycle of the relay is 3 it will always do 3...
Since I didn't buy the Diode Dynamics relay and just bought a more generic one from Amazon, I was assuming that it did not have the tap-to-blink logic built-in, since it was cheap. There was no mention of tap-to-blink in the Amazon description. But who knows, maybe it does have that logic.
But a cool feature of the tap flash relay from diode is that when you lock or unlock the car the parking lights stay on for about 30 seconds which is a great indication when you lock/unlock the car plus it's a little bit of a security feature being so well illuminated. I'm not sure if the CT has that feature by default. I know my RCF and my wife's NX does have the delayed headlight/light feature.
That is a nice feature! The CT does not have that by default. The inside lights will stay on for about 30 seconds or so when you unlock, but not the outside lights.
I did, however, recently discover something else kind of cool: Even without unlocking with the fob or touching the handle, as you get up next to the car, if it senses the key fob, it will turn on the inside lights. Kinda neat that it will do that without you having to even unlock it!
My CT that's coming does have navi, all the ones I were looking at were specifically not, but then when I realized the back up camera is in the rear view mirror and tiny, I did not want that at all.
Yeah, we were looking for one with navigation specifically because of the backup camera being on the screen and not in the mirror. Seems that the CT has 3 options as far as the backup camera goes: 1) None at all; 2) In the rear view mirror for non-navi models; or 3) In the screen for navi models.
I like this design a lot because it's not huge and it fits in a very compact area yet it's extremely bright and it has 360 degree coverage along with forward facing leds.
The forward-facing LEDs are nice for the front, although I have found them to be actually TOO bright in the rear. I have some bulbs with built-in resistors in my 2022 Honda Accord hybrid, since the Accord doesn't have a replaceable flasher module. There have been a couple of instances where my wife and I were in each other's cars, and I noticed that at night, the turn signal bulbs were VERY bright -- almost blindingly so. So now I feel bad for people behind me! The bulbs I got from SBL for the CT are also pretty bright, but not as bright, and also, the bulbs go in on kind of an angle in the CT, so the LED SMDs on the end of the bulb are actually facing diagonally up, not straight out, so they aren't blinding.
The only thing I was not aware of with our headlights is that they are not LED/HID.. unless you got the full blown led headlights which with ALL the CT's I've looked at NONE of them had factory LED headlight as an option which is weird to me. I'm hoping I am not disappointed going back to normal halogen headlights after all these years with led/hid...etc.
Yeah, I was kind of disappointed about that, too. I believe LED headlights is an option on the CT, at least on later models, but the one we bought didn't have them. I have never actually seen one with LED headlights, though. There are apparently other options that are also not on all cars. For example, while our CT has full power seats, it does NOT have the seat memory option for the driver's seat. I believe that's because our CT has the NuLuxe synthetic leather, and you only get the memory option if you have the genuine leather package (which, as a vegan, my wife would not want to have).
I had actually installed LED headlights from SuperBrightLEDs, both low and high-beam, in both the CT and my wife's mom's 2013 Toyota Corolla. I had even installed them in my wife's previous car, a 2015 Honda Fit. However, shortly after, I had read that that's not a good idea, because the headlight housings are designed around the dispersal pattern of halogen bulbs, which is different from that of LED bulbs. So when you put an LED bulb into a housing designed for halogen, the result is that you get a "wall of light" that blinds oncoming drivers, but actually does not project down the road nearly as well as the halogens, so it becomes a safety issue on both fronts. With that in mind, I put the halogens back and returned the LEDs to SBL.
I'm excite though! I'll definitely post more once I get everything and introduce myself in the main forum thread.
Sounds good! Look forward to seeing some pictures.