I have another question about my 2001 Ford Escape the mechanic told me it's best to drive with the overdrive on but it seems like it runs smoother with it off I just want to know different opinions on it.


Asked by Mar 09, 2014 at 04:01 AM about the 2001 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Leave it on. You'll get better fuel economy for one thing and less ware on the motor.

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Tom Demyan

Unless your driving is always in the 34-45MPH range, Like Mark said, leave it O/D on. I personally turn it off when driving through town, so as not to let the trans hunt up and down in O/D around 40mph.

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Tom Demyan

How many miles on your Escape? Have you changed the fluid lately?

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130129 miles fluids were all just changed on it and that leads me to another question why do I smell this kinda like a burning /burnt smell that's the best way I can explain it. I just got my truck back from the shop on Wednesday.

Tom Demyan

Burning smell can be a leak that is hitting the exhaust or hot engine. Pop the hood after the vehicle is warmed up to pinpoint the smell and area. Post back what you find. Did you just have an oil change? The filter is right above the exhaust manifold and if not cleaned off correctly you will get a burnt oil smell for a couple days.

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Thank you and it just had to get new spark plugs, a coil,and valve cover, the oil was also changed so I will try and pinpoint where it's coming from It does kinda smell like burnt oil.

Tom Demyan

Oil filter is right in the front of the car on the passenger side above the exhaust pipe. If you don't mind laying on the ground you can pop your head under there.

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