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Old 05-09-2005, 08:52 PM   #1
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OverDrive?....

Hey all. New here just bought a 2000 ZX3 about 1 weeks ago...unfornatuley the last owners lost the manual.
It's an automatic...I know..boohoo but It was the best I could find around here and still afford.

So first off is there a place I could find a manual?

And

Those of you who drive autos...
Do you leave the car in OD all the time...
do you switch it on and off
or is it always on?
I'm curious b/c when i have it on it seems like the car is real underpowered
but when i turn it off it doesn't seem to struggle for power at all.
I don't know how it works really...
any info on this is good
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Old 05-09-2005, 08:54 PM   #2
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You leave your O/D on!! you turn the O/D off if say you want instant power!!
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O/D i believe acts as the 4th gear of the tranny, if u turn it off the auto tranny will not shift into 4th gear, and ull stay in 3rd. But unless ur sport shifting all the way through the gears it is basically pointless to do b/c with it off ull lose mpg.
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yup..
over drive is the 4th gear...
you take it off if you a looking for more power...

it is made so save gas....
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:43 PM   #6
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O/D i believe acts as the 4th gear of the tranny, if u turn it off the auto tranny will not shift into 4th gear, and ull stay in 3rd. But unless ur sport shifting all the way through the gears it is basically pointless to do b/c with it off ull lose mpg.

First i'd like to say YES, there's a way to turn auto into manual, just down the street from where I live they do it for like 2k, but anyways now on to O/D...Way back when, when Autos first came out, they only had like 3 gears (now their usually like 5), Now when they make Autos, they have like 4 or 5, but since way back when, they had 3, they would call the 4th gear Overdrive, (or 5th, or whatever your last gear is). That's basically it..
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now on to an explation in the Queens English. the O/D gear is ratio-ed different than the other gears., as i understand it. the last gear is NOT always an overdrive gear. the 6-sp in the SVT doesn't have an overdrive, and in the 6 speed automatic in the 500, the 5th and 6th gears are both overdrive gears.
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yeah I would love to have it converted to manual...but that's just a little ways off.
Thanks for all the info though this helps alot.
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Whatever you do don't swith on or off OD while having your foot n the Gas Pedal, the manual specifically states that.
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geez.. so many misconceptions... and it has been going on for a long time. First of all.. the tranny is a 4 speed automatic. 4th gear happens to be an overdrive ratio. All that means is that for every one revolution the crankshaft makes, the output shaft (axle shafts in our cars) turns a little more that one revolution. There is no more power to be had by turning it off. Turning it off just keeps it from going into 4th gear. you can do the same by mashing the pedal to the floor.. it will downshift to the apropriate gear. The only reason the button is there to turn it off is if your towing something heavy. To keep it in overdrive when towing is very hard on the tranny because of heat build up. Before there was overdrive in the transmissions, the final ratio of a manual or auto tranny was 1:1. Some cars in the 1950's had a button or cable to pull to put the car into overdrive. Those were a secondary transmission that changed the gear ratio. Newer transmisions had overdrive built in as the last gear being over driven. (that is the proper name for over drive... the last gear is driven faster than the engine is turning). My 1982 mustang GT had a 4 speed manual.. but the 4th gear was an over drive gear. My murdercycle has over drive ratios in 5th and 6th. This allows the bike to go to 178 mph. The point is... over drive is nothing extra.... it is just the gear ratio of the transmision that is greater than 1:1. Nothing more. Nothing extra. Not an added feature. Hope this clarifies things and helps people to understand
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