Should I use overdrive for city driving ??? One person say's yes other say's no please help

Asked by Apr 03, 2013 at 04:31 PM about the 2006 Ford Escape

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if most of your driving is under 35mph it will never engage in the first place, unless you're talking about a stickshift, as long as you aren't boggin' the engine and hear crackling on acceleration (very bad) why would you want to? it's 5th gear so you can enjoy higher than 55~ your automatic will not engage the overdrive unless you're doin' that anyways- when I was taught stick, was told 1st gear was just to get you moving, 2nd is where you'll be until you get a good clip on, 3rd gets you above School Zone speeds and 4th is freeway speed...now if you'd like to be toolin' around the school zones 25mph in fourth gear, who am I to question your motives?

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Both answers are right. But if you read into the Judge's response, if your consistantly in the 40-50mph range, the OD will want to engage and disengage, especially around town. So you'll want to lock it out, or turn it off so it doesn't continue to hunt in and an out of 4th/OD gear, putting wear on your OD band. Otherwise, leave it alone.

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NO YOU SHOULD NOT. THE ONLY THING YOUR GOING TO DO IS MESS UP THE TRANNY. THE OVERDRIVE IS ONLY IF YOUR TAKING ON A STEEP HILL THAT YOUR CAR IS STRUGGLING WITH.

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"The overdrive is only if your taking on a steep hill that your car is struggling With". Pay no mind to that.

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Yes-I think He mixed up "passing-Gear",with Overdrive,on that one..

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According to the Ford owner's manuals ever since the first AOD, you leave it in overdrive under normal driving. IF you are finding that due to road conditions it is hunting or shifting in and out often, then disengage overdrive. The other time you do NOT use overdrive is when you are towing. Other than that, let the machinery do its job for best economy.

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