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Overdrive does not go on, on my 94 Dakota - 4x2 / 5.2 engine. Pushbutton light does not lights up.

Pushbutton light is down, no matter if I press it or not. Truck has been mine all its life and used to work well - suddenly stopped. All wiring connections are good on the transmission and there are no electrical modifications - truck is all stock.

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I don't remember if the push-button has "out" and "in" positions, like the old push-button on ball-point pens. If it does work that way normally, but now stays in the same position regardless of pushing it, then I'd suggest starting with replacing it. Whether the button has "in" and "out" or not, the way the switch works is that in one position it sends a signal to the transmission (maybe to a solenoid switch) which allows or prevents the over-drive engaging. Bear in mind that over-drive is like another higher gear for better mileage and less RPMs mainly in high-way driving.
It's possible that a connector came loose at the transmission, and you should check to see if there's a fuse on the fuse-block and/or a relay in the box under the hood for the over-drive function. If you have and know how to use a test-light, you could check for continuity through the switch. Basically, there will be a "hot" wire going to the switch, and one (probably) wire leaving the switch. That wire leaving the switch should be "hot" in one position and "dead" in the other. It might be a little difficult to get to the back of the switch in the dash, but if so you should be able to find the wires and a connector somewhere between the push-button and the transmission. You might would need someone else to push the button off and on while you check.
I hope this has helped a little.

Posted on Apr 01, 2014


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