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There are two D on my cars gear list i dont know which one is overdrive & what is the difference between drive & overdrive.the car is 2004 mercury sble

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The D nearest to N is the overdrive. In every day driving just leave it in overdrive. When climbing or decending steep hills you can downshift into Drive, this will prevent the transmission from constantly shifting between gears.

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