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I want to understand the "overdrive"

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I just want to know, on a 1991 Volvo 240, how *should* the button, the arrow light, and the transmission behave? What does the arrow indicate? When should it come on?

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When the button is pressed and the arrow indicator light is on the overdrive gear is not being used and you only have 3 speeds. When the button is pressed and the light is off you have overdrive. Normal use you should not see the arrow.

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