Is it generally a good idea to disengage the overdrive (which is on by
default) in my 2004 Focus when doing city driving (lots of stopping/
starting, hills, etc.). It seems to make sense but then I wonder
whether it is good for the transmission to be regularly disengaging
the overdrive like that. Or is the preferred practice to simply leave
it in overdrive with the rare exception of climbing/descending major
hills and the like.
If you find the car hunts back and forth into top gear, then yes disable the
OD- it is recommended for Foci, and Mondeo's in the UK where habitual
hunting back and forth kills the 'box, as the torque loading shreds the 3rd
gear clutch pack.
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