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What is Cruise Control and O/D

Dear Sandrew,

I have Corolla 2004 LE but i dont know anything about Cruise Control. For what purpose it is and when to be used.

My second question is about O/D option. i have noticed a button written O/D on it but i dont know what is it for and when to be used?

I would be thankful if you answer me soon.

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  • hashmatg Jan 28, 2009

    thank you very much Mr Tater Todd. the information is excellent.

    im looking for know about O/D

  • hashmatg Jan 28, 2009

    thank you, im waiting to know about overdrive from you.



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Cruise control allows the driver to push a button thereby setting and holding the car's current speed. This allows you to take your foot off the acceleratot pedal and "cruise." Modern "Cruise" systems also have added feature like increasing or decreasing your speed, and coasting so that you can adjust your speed for traffic or road conditions without exiting the cruise function. Touching the brake pedal automatically turns the cruise function off; or you can exit by turning cruise button to "off" at the touch of your thumb or fingertips. Cruise helps on long trips by reducing fatigue, and keeps you from going over the speed limit by setting your speed to the posted limit.

Hope this helps. I will address overdrive in another post. Thanks, TaterTodd

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

  • Patrick Dennehy Jan 28, 2009

    Tried to send you message about O/D (overdrive) but must have failed. Will try again tomorrow. Sorry. Thanks for the questions!!

    Talk to you soon! Tater Todd

  • Patrick Dennehy Jan 28, 2009

    Hey Ali!

    Sorry my other letter got lost. I'm better at working on cars and bikes than I am at running computers. Thank you for waiting for me.

    Here is a brief overview of overdrive: Ha Ha

    O/D stands for "Overdrive." It is an extra shaft that serves as the final, top gear for an automatic transmission. Think of it like this: Remember when most cars you drove were a 4-speed, then they all began to come with the extra 5th gear? Overdrive is comparable to that 5th gear, but inside the automatic transmission.

    You want to leave it enabled most of the time. In other words, you want to allow its presence as one of the gear choices available to you. Most O/D buttons are used to "shift out of", or to "turn off" the overdrive option. Some sort of light on your instrument panel should illuminate, telling you if O/D is on or off, right? THere are a few rare times you may want to turn it off for a short period.

    When driving through mountains and hills. If you are travelling up and down hills, with lots of elevation changes, you may notice the car shifting into overdrive (top gear,) and then as the slope of the road changes, the transmission suddenly slips back out of O/D. If you are not going quite fast enough, and the engine's load is not consistent, this constant shifting gets annoying, so you turn off O/D gear and stay in the lower gear to keep the engine in its more useful power range and engine rpm. Also if you are going down a steep mountain or hill, and you want to keep the car's speed at a controllable rate, turn OFF the O/D gear. THis will keep the car from feeling like it is running away frrom you on a steep slope. I think you have enough information now to get out there and experiment with the car on your own, and find out what it is capable of. Then you will begin to see how to use these new features.

    I envy you, Ali, for being new to these things. What an exciting adventure you have ahead of you. Don't be afraid to try out the cruise control in different settings. Even at low speeds of 35 mph, it can be used in when not in heavy traffic. The overdrive, you want to leave turned on most of the time. When you get going up a hill or down a big one, play with it, and get a feel for what it does to shift in and out of the gear, and then learn the difference between having it available, and blocking it out (turning it off.)

    I hope this answered your question, thanks for letting me tell you my impressions. It's an honor, sir.

    Happy Motoring,

    Tater Todd



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