4X4 Jeep liberty 2006 if im city driving does my overdrive need to be on or off?

I know this may sound like a dumb question, but I say one thing and my husband says another, I was always taught that in the city you drive with your over drive off and only turn it on on the freeway, does anyone know the answer to this question, also if you have a jeep liberty any news on it would be greatly appreciated, I just bought mine three weeks ago. Thanks to all who reply.

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9 Responses to 4X4 Jeep liberty 2006 if im city driving does my overdrive need to be on or off?

  1. jeepaholic May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    ya id keep it on or else your going to be paying a lot of money on gas because your car is going to be in the higher rpms all the time when its off. its not going to ruin your jeep so dont worry about that. some people even turn it off then turn it on after 40 thats pointless as well just save yourself time and effort and just leave it on and dont listen to anyone else. overdrive just gives your car a cruising gear so you dont sit in the high rpms and the only reason there is an option to turn it off is if you tow things you turn it off so you get the full rpm range while towing or if you cant make it up a hill because of too much weight in the car or what ever it will drop out of overdrive so you can go up the hill with more ease.

  2. Wise Guy May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    It's an "automatic", right? It's designed to select the correct gear for you, so whether you're in OD or not, you're ok.

    The only time you should turn the overdrive off is when you're going down a steep hill and don't want the transmission shifting into the highest gear.

  3. dave's fotowerks May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Over-drive is for speeds 40-45 mph and above.

  4. wow May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    I have a grand cherokee and i just keep it on.

  5. DJ May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Early automatic overdrives were for highway only. Modern Auto O/Ds can be used all the time, city and highway. Only take it off when you have a load like a trailer or going up steep hills, mud, etc.

    It should be in the Owner's Manual……you have read the Owner's Manual, haven't you?

  6. Arturo Amante May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Your jeep is a newer model so you don't have to worry about turning the overdrive off. You should leave it on all the time, except if you,re towing a load.around town.

  7. substance May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    leave the OD on all the time, unless you need more power when going up a hill or some incline. After you pass the incline , turn it on again. the OD switches to a lower gear to give the car more power to get up ther hill.

  8. chryslercraig May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    If city driving means in heavy traffic, or coasting from one stop light to the next, turn it off. The hardest thing on your overdrive unit is for your tranny to go from 1st. to Overdrive, to 1st. and back to Overdrive on and on and on and on……….

    Also turn the Overdrive off if you are towing.

  9. Joe! May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    The vehicle will most likely will heat up more ,,Over drive is for when you need extra power to tow up hill. Jeep wrangler driver