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2000 Toyota Camry Overdrive wont kick in

My husband "accidently" turned the OD off and then shut the car down. The next time we drove the car, the OD off light was off but the car will not go into OD. We have drove it on the interstate and had to drive about 60 mph with the rpms over 3000. It would not shift down. The transmission fluid was low so we added some, but still no OD. Can someone please help me with this as I dont want to keep driving it around like this. It just seems like there is a simple solution to this because there are no other problems with shifting or anything.

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  • teagansgramm Nov 25, 2008

    Thanks for responding! The temperature cage, when warmed up, sits right in the middle of hot and cold, well maybe a little more closer to the cold side. I am just perplexed by this!! I just feel like it is something silly. Because the transmission was/is not showing any other signs of trouble. Again thanks for help.


  • teagansgramm Nov 25, 2008

    Hi Ed...Again thanks so much for your suggestion. I will definetely try that as it would probably be cheaper to replace a thermostate than it would be to replace a transmission! I will let you know.

    Thanks again,


  • teagansgramm Nov 27, 2008

    Ed...I sure hope that you are right! We are going to go to Advance Auto after Thanksgiving and get a thermostat. I will let you know if this fixes the problem. Pray that it fixes it!!

    Thanks again,


  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    First, turning the car off with the OD on or off causes no issues. Nothing to worry about there.

    Second, there is a fail-safe that prevents the OD from activating, and it is controlled by the physical temperature of the coolant. Please respond back to me as to the exact position of the temperature gauge when you are driving, after the engine has warmed up.



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Thnaks for the response back, Carol.

I am rather certain that your issue will be fixed by the replacement of your thermostat. Why?
You have stated the the temp gauge is lower than half at times...this leads me to believe that your thermostat is sticking open slightly...The science here is the fact that the OD is prevented from activating until the coolant temperature reaches 177 degrees F. This is controlled by the temperature sensor in the cooling system, and is part of the emissions package. It is not adjustable. The OD is prevented when the coolant is below 177 to reduce possible hydrocarbon spikes (emissions) at the tailpipe. In short, cool engine temps lead to high emissions, especially when the vehicle has engaged OD. Replace the thermostat, and you might as well replace the coolant at the same time. I am pretty sure this will cure your issue. The graciousness of a FixYa rating would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for choosing FixYa!

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  • Toyota Ed Nov 26, 2008

    I am sure that you do not have a transmission problem, as you did not mention that the OD light was "blinking". If it WAS blinking, then, you just may have a stuck OD solenoid, which I really doubt.

    I would greatly appreciate a FIxYa rating.

    Thanks, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.



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