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8/25/2021

Taylor-Dunn TC-30, TC-40, TC-50 and TC-60 Vehicle Controls

The information in this article applies to the standard Taylor-Dunn TC-30, TC-40, TC-50 and TC-60 family of vehicles, shown below. Note that vehicle customization may cause variation from the information in this article.

TC-30 vehicle

VEHICLE CONTROLS

vehicle controls

1. Ignition Switch: A rotary switch is shown. The ignition is also available as a keyed switch.  

The ignition switch has three positions: OFF, RUN and START.  

  • Rotating the switch clockwise to the first position turns the ignition system ON.  
  • Continue rotating the switch to the START position to engage the engine starter motor. This is a momentary position, and the switch will return the ON position when it is released.  
  • Once the switch has been released from the START position, it must be turned to OFF before it can be turned back to the START position. 

2. Headlight Switch: Pull the switch out to turn the lights ON. Push it in to turns lights OFF.

3. Engine Oil Pressure: Displays the oil pressure in the engine. 

4. Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL): If the MIL is on, it indicates the ECU has detected that the engine is not operating correctly. The MIL should be on when the ignition switch is ON but the engine has not yet been started. If the light does not come on when the ignition switch is ON, the vehicle should be immediately removed from service to be inspected by a qualified technician. If this light turns on during operation, the vehicle should be immediately removed from service and inspected by a qualified technician.  

5. Engine Coolant Temperature: Displays the temperature of the engine coolant. 

6. Battery Volt Meter: Displays the battery volts. The voltage should be in the green area of the gauge while the engine is running. If it is in the red to the right of the green area, this may indicate a problem with the charging system or battery. If it is in the yellow or red to the left of the green area, this may indicate an excessive load on the system or there may be a problem with the charging system or battery. Refer diagnosis to a qualified technician. 

7. Fuel Gauge: The fuel gauge displays approximately how much fuel is in the fuel tank only when the ignition switch is ON. Do not refuel the vehicle while the engine is running. The fuel gauge indicator may vary slightly when the vehicle is in motion. The most accurate reading is obtained with the vehicle on level ground. With the ignition switch OFF, the fuel gauge indicator may drift from when the ignition switch is in the ON position. The fuel gauge is not available on LPG fuel systems – refer to the gauge mounted on your LPG fuel tank. 

8. Engine Hour Meter: Displays total hours of engine operation. 

OPERATOR CONTROLS

operator controls

1. Throttle Pedal: The throttle pedal is located on the floorboard and is operated by the driver’s right foot. It controls the speed of the vehicle and operates like the throttle pedal in an automobile. Press the pedal to increase speed and release the pedal to decrease speed. 

2. Foot Brake Pedal: The foot brake pedal is located to the left of the throttle pedal. This pedal is designed for operation with the driver’s right foot. It works like the brake in an automobile. Applying pressure to the brake pedal slows the vehicle according to the amount of pressure applied. Relieving pressure from the pedal releases the braking action. 

3. Parking Brake: The parking brake is actuated with a hand lever, located to the right of the driver. To set the parking brake, PULL the lever up and back until it locks. To release the park brake, PUSH the brake lever all the way down.  

Note: The parking brake can be adjusted by rotating the knob on the end of the handle. 

4. Shift Lever: Details regarding the shift lever can be found below. 

Directional Signals 

turn signal

Directional signals are optional and may not be installed on your vehicle. The turn signal lever is located on the left side of the steering column.

PUSH the lever forward to activate the right turn signal and PULL the lever back to activate the left turn signal. Note that the switch is not self canceling and must be manually turned OFF. 

Hazard Light Switch: Hazard lights are optional and may not be installed on your vehicle. The hazard light switch is on the left side of the steering column. The switch is a small tab, as shown above.  

To activate the hazard lights, PULL the tab out. To turn the hazard lights off, PUSH forward or pull back the directional signal lever. 

Steering: The steering wheel and steering system are like an automobile. To turn right, turn the steering wheel clockwise. To turn left, turn the steering wheel counterclockwise.  

steering

Horn Switch: The horn switch is in the center hub of the steering wheel. Press the hub to sound the horn. Release the horn to turn it off. 

Operator Presence Switch: The operator presence switch is optional and may not be installed on your vehicle. If equipped, the switch is located under the driver’s seat and stops the engine when the driver leaves the seat. The driver must be seated for the engine to operate. Whenever the driver leaves the vehicle, the driver should turn the ignition switch OFF, place the shift lever in the NEUTRAL position and set the park brake. 

TRANSMISSION

Your vehicle will be equipped with one of the following types of transmissions. 

F-N-R Shifter  

shifter

The F-N-R shifter has 3 positions:  

  • F: All forward gears
  • N: Neutral
  • R: Reverse

To select a direction of travel, pull the shift lever toward the left and push forward for reverse or pull back for forward. 

Full Range Shifter with Park  

shifter

The full range shifter with park has six positions:  

  • P: Park
  • R: Reverse  
  • N: Neutral
  • D: All forward gears
  • 2: Gears 1 and 2
  • 1: Gear 1 only

To select a direction of travel or gear, pull the shift lever towards the left and push or pull the lever into the desired direction or gear. 

Full Range Shifter without Park: 

shifter

The Full Range Shifter without park has six options:  

  • R: Reverse
  • N: Neutral  
  • D: All forward gears  
  • 3: Gears 1 through 3  
  • 2: Gears 1 and 2
  • 1: Gear 1 only

To select a direction of travel or gear, pull up on the release lever under the knob and push or pull the lever into the desired direction or gear. 

For more information, refer to the Vehicle Operator and Service Manual.  
To service your vehicle, see an authorized Taylor-Dunn Dealer. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.  

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