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How do I know if I am suppose to have an OverDrive

I just bought a used 2000 E350 with a 7.3l engine in it. Am I supposed to have an overdrive button somewhere? The knob on the gear shifter is broken and I didnt think to ask the seller if there was anything besides a knob attached.

I would like to know if all 2000 e350's cvame with overdrive and How would I go about finding out?

Any help will be beneficial... if the OD has no button, does it mean that it is on by default and is functioning and just cannot be switched on or off? How would I know if it is on? I have a gear selector that shows P R N D 2 1...
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the overdrive on/off button is at the end of the gear shift lever.

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the overdrive on/off button is at the end of the gear shift lever.
The knob is broken and there are no wires sticking out from the broken end.
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Replaceing the shifter/knob assembly is not diffucult, and the new one will come with the knob, button, wires with clip-in type end... had one replaced in my '94 gasser, I think the parts were less than $60 for shifter, knob, button, etc. Took my buddy the mechanic less than an hour to do... and he's slow.

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Replaceing the shifter/knob assembly is not diffucult, and the new one will come with the knob, button, wires with clip-in type end... had one replaced in my '94 gasser, I think the parts were less than $60 for shifter, knob, button, etc. Took my buddy the mechanic less than an hour to do... and he's slow.
Ahhh... that is good to know.

I took the beast out and drove around a bit yesterday and found that the vehicle resets the OD to "on" as I was told on another board. The only time I would need a button would be to get the van out of OD which is seldom. I counted the gear changes... the change fron 3rd to 4th came at around 50-55 MPH. I am assuming that the 4th gear is the OD and it is working.

Thanks for sharing know-how and experience...
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Ahhh... that is good to know.

I took the beast out and drove around a bit yesterday and found that the vehicle resets the OD to "on" as I was told on another board. The only time I would need a button would be to get the van out of OD which is seldom. I counted the gear changes... the change fron 3rd to 4th came at around 50-55 MPH. I am assuming that the 4th gear is the OD and it is working.

Thanks for sharing know-how and experience...
Sounds like you got it 100%

On a van, you rarely need to take it out of overdrive. Maybe if you live in the mountains, or if you plan on towing with it some..

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I've had other Fords with automatics that have lights come on in the guage cluster that says "OD off"


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I've had other Fords with automatics that have lights come on in the guage cluster that says "OD off"
I think the old work van I had, a '91 I think, had the button on the shifter, but the light was on the dash...

However, if the button is missing, it can't be turned off, and thus, won't light up...

For the year of van, it's probly on the shifter knob...

I'd agree, towing is the only time I ever use the OD off button...

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i have a van and the botton is on the shifter like my truck

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