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When should the overdrive button on a 1995 Cougar be utilized and is it harmful to the transmission to drive this car in overdrive in the city?

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I don't believe it will hurt anything to use it in the city unless it says not to in the owners manual. Over drive is ment to be used for highway driving. Myself i don't use it in the city just on the open road.

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