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Does it matter what gear to drive in?

When city driving a chevy tahoe 5.7L 4x4,should the gear be in 3rd or overdrive?

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If the speed limit is 30 and a lot of stop and go the transmission will be less stressed in 3rd.

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over drive is a gear its self it may be going out in the trany so when that over drive button it pushed it thorws it in to that gear that may be out no and it dont matter is you try to sift because it is a gear its self my car is 4 speed drive 1 drive 2 drive (3 gear) and overdrive (4th gear)

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