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Old 10-03-2012
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5 Speed Auto with Overdrive feels like a 6 speed?

I have the 2008 XLT 4.0L SOHC 4x4 with the 5 Speed Automatic with Overdrive Transmission
When I turn overdrive off, it goes through five shifts still, when it is on, it shifts five times and then enters overdrive, which is like a 6 speed in my views, anyone else ever notice this?

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That's weird. You should only feel 4 shifts. You start in first, and then start shifting...dunno.
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Scratch that, if you're not in OD you should only feel 3 shifts. 5th gear is the OD gear.
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I have the 2008 XLT 4.0L SOHC 4x4 with the 5 Speed Automatic with Overdrive Transmission
When I turn overdrive off, it goes through five shifts still, when it is on, it shifts five times and then enters overdrive, which is like a 6 speed in my views, anyone else ever notice this?

Will post a video when I can find a way to mount my camera to my truck properly.
When watching the tachometer or listening to the engine, it is easy to misinterpret a torque converter clutch engagement as a gear change.
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This ^^^
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When watching the tachometer or listening to the engine, it is easy to misinterpret a torque converter clutch engagement as a gear change.
Nailed it. Had the same thing in my F150. 4 speed trans. Felt like it shifted 5 times, one of the "shifts" was actually just the Torque converter locking.
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+1 torque converter... I've got a scangauge II and I can watch the gear ratio and the torque converter slip ratio and watching the rpm it can look/feel like 6 or 7 speeds but there's only 5 gear ratios and rest is just torque converter locking and unlocking.

I want an auto trans like my wife's new car... torque converter between 0-5mph only after that it's a 6 speed computer automatic controlled manual. Very cool and great for gas mileage too with no torque converter in play.
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what type of vehicle is this? if the torque converter were to engage at that low of a speed, you would expect the engine to stall or atleast lug down
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