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1997 ford f150 4.2 motor will not go into overdrive. what is the fuse number

When overdrive is on,it will not go on overdrive, only when turned off it works.

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If you press the overdrive button you are turning the OD off not on. I think you may think you need to turn it on, but that is not the case it is fully automatic and the switch is provided for situations like towing where the OD gear puts undue strain on the engine and transmission.

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