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My 1996 taurus will not shift into overdrive even gear selector is in overdrive position and on freeway going 65-70 mph at 3,000 to 3,500 RPM

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The overdrive circuit is is faulty and will have to be replaced or short in the wiring .

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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    Aaron Apr 04, 2013

    Is not a circuited overdrive as far as I can tell. OD is selected via the column shifter and there is not an on/off button for it.

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