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Vern
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12/10/2002
11:13:24

Subject: Overdrive Useage
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I have a 99 5.2 4x4. Do you guys use the overdrive on short drives to town and back?....Stop lights, in town driving or just use it when on higher mileage jaunts. As you can see, I am not that acquainted with the overdrive. It seems when I am not in overdrive and get around 50mph+ that you need another gear which would be the overdrive. What about the short trips to town like 15 miles or so, I just dont want to leave it in overdrive forever cause I am afraid I might burn it up. Any words of wisdom appreciated.



Jeffro
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12/10/2002
12:55:30

RE: Overdrive Useage
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Since you didn't mention shifting, I'm assuming you've got an automatic. I've also got a '99 4x4 5.2 auto. Delivered pizzas for last 15k miles or so, and simply let the tranny go into overdrive. I don't think you've got anything to worry about. The only time I lock out the o/d is in really hilly terrain or towing a heavy trailer, just to keep tranny from hunting. Just my thoughts though...



Vern
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12/10/2002
13:30:35

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Jeffro,
Thx for the response, yes, its an automatic. So it sounds like you leave your truck in overdrive most all of the time minus your exceptions?



Izzy
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12/10/2002
15:58:36

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I don't use it much when running around town doing a lot of the stop and go at lights or from store to store and I tend to not use it running between towns where theres only 3-5 miles in between. I definately use it on my 30 miles drive to and from work each way on the interstate each day.



Vern
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12/11/2002
05:29:46

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Izzy,
Thx for the reply, I guess you just need to remember to turn it off every time during the short rides or if you forget it appears to be no big deal. I dont really care about gas mileage cause I need to buy it anyway.



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