Mazda 2004 OD drive?

Asked by Oct 15, 2016 at 04:23 PM about the 2004 Mazda Tribute ES

Question type: General

So just bought a 2004 Mazda. Not too familiar with OD. I
know what it's for. My question is shoild OD be turned off
automatically and you have to press OD button to turn it
on? My Mazda OD light is off when I turn the car on but, I
press OD and the light turns on with O/D off. Just trying to
figure if maybe it's a glitch and it's switched.

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Nope, that's the way it works. with the light off, the transmission will shift into all 4 gears, 4th gear being overdrive. If you press the button on the shifter, turning off the O/D and the light is on, the transmission will only shift as high as 3rd gear. Turning the O/D off helps when you are traveling around the 40-50MPH range and the transmission keeps hunting, especially going up an incline or hill. So there is no need to turn it off in most instances.

So pretty much it's always on OD when I turn the car on. Just have to turn it off every time, if I don't need it?

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