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Shift position in "D" but shows a 3 on my dash panel instead of a D

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What it is! In a 4-speed automatic, D or drive is 3rd gear, and 4th gear is overdrive. If you have a 3-speed automatic, D is still 3rd gear.

Posted on Jan 03, 2013

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  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    i think i need to reword

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    the shifter is in "D" [drive]

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    but shows a 3

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    on the dash and not a D

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    and although the shifter is in "D"

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    it drives like its in "3"

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    im wondering what the problem could be

  • montehammons Jan 03, 2013

    Don't see the problem. Do you have a D and an OD on the shifter?

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    no OD

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    no OD button

  • montehammons Jan 03, 2013

    OK, Munz o, I should have taken notice of the year, new tech land to me, very In the old days any old 3 speed auto had 3 gears, period. and third was designated as drive, and same in 4 speed autos, 1, 2, 3-drive, and 4 is OD...Nissan pulled a good one. you tell me the difference. cheers.

  • montehammons Jan 03, 2013

    Hey, man, if you post your question again, it'll be up on the board again, I promise not to answer it (!). There's some real good mechanics, modern ones too, lol, probably have your answer. Luck!

  • Munz o Jan 03, 2013

    thanks bro



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