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Old 03-06-2016, 01:50 PM   #1
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Is it OK to drive with the overdrive off?

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Pointless but yes.

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I drive highway with it on but when I drive city or traffic I turn mine off..
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If you have a problem with your overdrive the turn it off the only trade off will be higher rpms so in hand more gas used but that's negligible not much of a difference I drive with it off sometimes lol


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I kill it for quick starts, passing and when I just wanna have fun. Other than that your just drinking more gas.
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/\ none of that makes a difference. When you stomp on it the car will downshift regardless.

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Zero need to turn it off. The car will shift into the gear that is best suited for your driving. It will rarely shift into overdrive if you are just in the city at lower speeds. Like Nate said, if you press harder on the gas it just downshifts and goes.
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Turn it off at the 1/4 mile or if you own a Lightning or if you are towing. Those would be the only reasons.
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When automatic overdrive transmissions came into popular use in the early 80's, the biggest complaint amongst consumers was their constant shifting from 3rd gear to overdrive and back to 3rd, when driving at around the 45 mph range. The auto manufacturers fixed this inherent problem by providing a way to disable the overdrive via the shift lever, on early mechanically shifted transmissions, or a switch, on modern electronically shifted transmissions.
Scotty mentioned some other driving conditions where it may be beneficial to turn off the overdrive. Another situation, when I turn off the overdrive, is while descending steep grades, so I can take advantage of the engine braking.

There are several situations where turning it off can come in handy.
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