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2010 ranger when im in town driving at twenty five or thirty do i need to leave transmission in or out of overdrive when exactly should i use the overdrive button????

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  • jason/hattiesburg Apr 18, 2015

    Thanks you answeted all my questions but the reason i asked the question is because an guy i know had the same vehicle and he said it cost him 350.00 worth of transmission work due to him leaving the overdrive on while running in town i didnt think it mattered but had me second guessing myself. Cause lord knows i dont have 350.00 to throw away anyways thanks alot!!


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It is immaterial when the over drive is to be used
If the constant shifting is annoying you then switch it off
The over drive is just that
an extra high final gear in the transmission to reduce the engine rpms at high speed to save fuel . It can be set for automatic engagement or turned of if pulling heavy trailers or caravans or carrying full loads and so save wear on the transmission

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  • Bill Boyd Apr 18, 2015

    the mazda / ranger box is hardy enough to accommodate over drive use. most over drive problems come from using the gear when heavily loaded as the gears drive from a high gear to a lower gear on the out put shaft hence the over drive

  • Bill Boyd Apr 18, 2015

    the over drive gear is on the lay shaft one the bearings at that end of the shaft take a real load when in over drive

  • Bill Boyd Apr 18, 2015

    however as the engine cannot produce enough torque at low speeds to affect the bearings or gears so there is no problem. the manufacturer recommends a light grade oil inthe manual box so I use 80-90 epw oil to cover any lubricating problems. Automatics have their own atf oils t


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I would only use the overdrive when traveling over 50 mph or 80 kph. Your gear box will last longer before a rebuild will be required.

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SOURCE: Overdrive

Being automatic, your vehicle selects overdrive when conditions are correct. The programming within the computer is designed to do this, and adjusts other engine functions accordingly. If you disable the o/d, it is possible to gain a bit more performance but more often than not you will be prone to forgetting to switch it back on when its needed. Overall this will hurt your fuel consumption and cost you $. One exception is that on many jeeps, going uphill they tend to stay in o/d too long. Most times you can "downshift" out of o/d by lightly touching the brake pedal.
Simply put, leave well enough alone... You can save more fuel by anticipating stops and coasting, (foot off gas) when approaching a light that is or will shortly be red, and not accelerating hard off stops. Just because someone writes it does not mean it's true!!!

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SOURCE: 97 dodge ram transmission prob

sound like a tork converter problem or the shift solinoids are faulty or internal damage have it scanned hope this helps

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SOURCE: overdrive is not working on my 2004 f150 4x4

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SOURCE: 2000 Lincoln Town Car transmission overdrive slips. When I take off the overdrive the transmission works properly but the car uses a lot more gas.

sounds to me like the bands or clutches are wore out. probally needs a rebuild.

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SOURCE: 1986 ford ranger wont shift into overdrive

could have faulty governor.throttle cable need adjustment.the 83 - 90 models you need to adjust front and rear bands in the transmission.

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