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Auto transmission --overdrive in snow- no traction at take off

Got stuck in light snow --engine power did not appear to get to the wheels--very nominal spinning of the wheels would not allow the car to move. When I eventually got home, I realised that the overdrive function of the overdrive was ON. Could this have resulted in the poor wheel traction , even in drive 1 and 2 ?? OR is it likely that there is some transmission problem like ''bands slipping''

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  • At most times your over drive wont come on under 30 mph. check your tire perisher or your tired depth you mit need to get new tires tri a snow tire with stud es

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