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Toyota Camry 2002: When should I use overdrive?

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I HAVE a 2002 Toyota Camry four-cylinder auto and would like to know when to use the overdrive button. Do you use it only when you are over 80km/h on straight roads, leave it on all the time, or use it to slow the car when approaching 60km/h speed zones?

Answered by CarsGuide

3 Jun 2004 Graham Smith

WHEN you start your engine, the transmission is in the overdrive mode -- it will shift through all gears, including the overdrive fifth gear. If you press the overdrive button, you will notice the warning light on the dash is illuminated telling you that the overdrive is off. In this case the transmission will not engage fifth gear. If you press the button above 80km/h the transmission will shift down to fourth. The overdrive should be engaged for normal driving to get better fuel consumption, but you can disengage it when you want more passing performance, or to slow the car when you are approaching a town.

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