Overdrive Switch Information
It is easy to take an automatic transmission for granted. The gears shift with ease and you can drive as you please when everything is in working order. But throw in a broken overdrive switch, and your ride becomes considerably less smooth. These switches control your car’s ability to shift in or out of gear, and a damaged trans switch can keep you off of the road.
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What Is an Overdrive Switch?
Electronic automatic transmissions operate using electric impulses that tell the car when it needs to up-shift or down-shift, which is done through electronic switches. In some older-model automatic vehicles, overdrive switches are used to control the work of the transmission. An overdrive or trans switch is responsible for the gears being able to shift up and down with more accuracy than with a non-electronic transmission. These relay switches are part of early electronic transmission systems, and they ensure that the engine speed does not outpace the RPM rate.
How Much Is a New Overdrive Switch?
Although prices vary, most overdrive switches fall into the $15 to $35 price range. Costs depend upon variables including the year, make and model of your vehicle and the manufacturer of the part you select. At PartsGeek.com we off top-of-the-line brands such as Genuine, Lucas, MTC and Standard Motor Products, so you can count on the part you purchasing being of the highest quality available at a price that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
When Should You Replace Your Overdrive Switch?
Since the overdrive switch is an electronic part of your car or truck, there is not usually much warning before it goes out. If you have a broken trans switch, it will cause issues when your vehicle needs to changes gears. A broke switch will fail to process the electric impulse that means your gears need to up-shift or down-shift, and you are likely to be stuck in the incorrect gear. This can lead to engine noise from running too quickly when you are in too low of a gear or difficulty accelerating after coming to a complete stop from being in too high of a gear. Since the issues resulting from a faulty overdrive switch can render your car or truck nearly inoperable, it is critical that you see a mechanic at the first sign of trouble. A professional will be able to pinpoint the specific switch or switches at issue, and once your PartsGeek.com purchase arrives, he or she will be able to replace your switch so you can get back on the road.