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Old 12-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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hello there fellow focus drivers ....im thinking about going snowboarding tomarrow its like a 7 mile hill to the mtn i gotta drive up tooo im curious when and what is the best time to use the overdrive buttton on the ford focus and which speed is best variable with it perhaps say im going 45 mph regularly then it gets quite a slope push the button and i start going 60 mph all the way up the hill when do you guys find the OVERDRIVE BUTTON MOST EFFECTIVE thanks BROTHERS! :) !!!! speeed /hill/ RPM's variables

-Im hoping the overdrive button will keep me under 4 or 4.5 on rpm's going up the hill so i get good gas mileage as welll going up about 60 -65 mph 7 mile hill ...just curious I never use my overdrive


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Old 12-03-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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That button disables the overdrive.
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I never use my overdrive
Wrong, you ALWAYS use it. You never dis-able it.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:08 PM   #4
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What kind of 2012 to 2014 has an overdrive button? Is it the 6 speed DCT w/o sport mode?
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:03 AM   #5
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That button disables the overdrive.
When is it appropriate to disable it, if at all?
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Generally two possible reasons:

1. towing

2. when the transmission 'searches" between the two top gears because of speed/load conditions. If it shifts up, then can't hold speed in OD so it shifts down again & repeats, "disable" to hold it in the lower gear needed for the load & speed. Typically when climbing a long hill.
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Generally two possible reasons:

1. towing

2. when the transmission 'searches" between the two top gears because of speed/load conditions. If it shifts up, then can't hold speed in OD so it shifts down again & repeats, "disable" to hold it in the lower gear needed for the load & speed. Typically when climbing a long hill.
Thanks! I never tow, but I do manually select the Overdrive option on my 97 Escort all the time when I drive (except rain and when I go up a steep hill on my highway commute--I end up having to pull over to the truck lane on the right because the engine can't keep up with the newer cars). Looks like I haven't been screwing up too badly.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:06 AM   #8
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