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Old 08-07-2011, 04:48 PM
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Overdrive button on gear shift

Hello! I have a '99 F350 Diesel. There is an button on the end of the gear shift labeled "overdrive" I have a "Tow/Haul" button on my 3/4 suburban which my ex said to enable when hauling my 4 horses. I thought this "overdrive" button was the for the same thing, but someone told me no. Can someone tell me what the overdrive button is for and when should I use it?

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Old 08-07-2011, 05:30 PM
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Hello! I have a '99 F350 Diesel. There is an button on the end of the gear shift labeled "overdrive" I have a "Tow/Haul" button on my 3/4 suburban which my ex said to enable when hauling my 4 horses. I thought this "overdrive" button was the for the same thing, but someone told me no. Can someone tell me what the overdrive button is for and when should I use it?

Amy
I believe that button simply disables oversdrive (4th) for engine braking and to avoid hunting for higher gear while pulling.
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It is an OD off button for your transmission. When it is activated it prevents the transmission from shifting into overdrive. You will now only upshift to 3rd. When to use it? When pulling heavy loads and the transmission does not want to stay in OD for very long. If you find the tranny is hunting a lot between 3rd and OD. Press the button to lock out OD. Continual shifting is what will effect the longevity of the tranny.

Your RPMs will climb about 500 but will have some but minimal impact on fuel mileage.

Your Tow-haul button on your suburban is totally different. When activated, it changes the shift points so the engine stays in each gear a little longer to take advantge of the slightly higher RPMs.

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