"O/D off" light blinking on dash? pl...
Yaw

Duluth, GA

#21 Nov 9, 2007
I have A SERIOUS problem...

with my 97 Ford Eddie Bower. I was mashing the gas and somehow the breaks got stuck. I was doing about 40 mph when this happened and to try and save myself I turned (doing 40 mph!) and then turned again into a neighborhood to get off the main road. When I did this I crashed into and over a median and almost hit a truck but barely swerved and came to a halt in the grass - my driver's side rim/wheel had shattered (broken into pieces). What's wierd is that the car is was stuck in acceleration. Even after turning off the ignition and turning it back on, it's in full-acceleration - like when someone is revving up their engine. As soon as you start the car the engine is full blast! vrooom! and stays that way. I tried moving the car (pushing it in neutral) but it won't move. The wheel alignment must be so bad that it can't move. Also, the breaks still seem stuck, I treid pushing down the pedal and it was very stiff (like when I was on the road). Trust me - if you've ever been in this kind of situation, the Emergency Break is the LAST thing that crosses your mind when you're about to crash. Especially if you drive an automatic and hardly ever use it. Anyway, I want to know how I can fix the acceleration/break problem, and then maybe I can go from there. First thing is to get the engine out of "full-speed" mode. Like I said, as soon as you turn on the car, the engine is going full speed, as if the car is going really fast, except it's not moving. Any ideas?
Marilyn

AOL

#22 Nov 14, 2007
Hi, I have a 1997 Ford Explorer as well. It's got a 146k miles on it. I just bought it for 800 bucks! My speedometer works when it wants to and a friend of mine said that it could be the speed sensor. Then on my way home today...the o/d light started flashing. I freaked naturally...Reading your blog, I was wondering if you had the same issue's with the speedometer not working before you fixed the issue. Everyone on all of the blogs keep saying it's probably a trainee problem but if there's a possibility that it's a $20 speed sensor...then AMEN to that!(email me back if you can-Tootsie062001@hotmail.com)
Curt wrote:
I have a 97 Explorer XLT (4WD). Last summer mine started flashing the O\D light and if I tried backing up and turning the wheel at the same time, it would drop into 4WD. Once I drove it forward for a little bit, it would drop back out of 4WD and the O\D light would stop blinking. I ended up replacing the speed sensor on the back of the transmission. There are two of them and of course, I had to replace the one behind the celinoid (sp). Once I replace this sensor, I no longer have the O\D light flashing. I hope this helps. I replaced it myself, since the dealership couldn't figure out what was causing the problem.
Acitone

Duluth, GA

#23 Nov 26, 2007
Marylin. I think I'm in love with you.
G-Chi-town

Harvey, IL

#24 Nov 26, 2007
Here's the deal on the Ford Explorer O/D Light blinking. I'm going through it RIGHT NOW ! The Explorer doesn't have a seperate light for trans problems. So, if the over Drive light is blinking, it doesn't mean there's necessarily a problem with the Over Drive. What it is, is a indicator letting you know there is a problem with your transmission. If you bring it to a Transmission shop, they can put it on a machine and it will send the machine codes, telling you what the problem is. Ford Explorer transmissions are horrible. If you do a search on your vehicle on Google, such as...2002 Ford Explorer Over Drive light blinking...a bunch of sites will come up with loads of Explorer Trans problems. My problem turned out to be the need of a rebuilt trans. Too the tune of $1700.00-$2000.00. I'll find out the cost on 11/27. Good Luck!
Marilyn

Bronx, NY

#25 Dec 1, 2007
So I took the truck to a mechanic the day before yesterday and he did a diagnostic. He said that it's the torque converter. He said I should be ok driving to and from in town, but that I shouldn't go on long road trips. It's shifting harder now because of the torque converter, AND the gas pedal is sticking (that's the throttle body, which isn't such a big deal but it's still annoying!) He quoted me for 800+tax and said that it could last me a few weeks, it could last me a few months. There's no way of telling. I def can't afford to pay that right now with bills and x-mas coming and everything. I guess all I can do at this point is cross my fingers and pray that the truck lasts me long enough to save up the money to get it fixed. I'm hoping at least til February. Does anybody knows if there is anything smaller I can do to make it last longer (different training fluid, etc.)? Ugh, what a piece of $%&#!
Marilyn

Bronx, NY

#26 Dec 1, 2007
Acitone wrote:
Marylin. I think I'm in love with you.
It's always nice to be loved.(:
Denver -OD problem

Parker, CO

#27 Dec 3, 2007
G-Chi-town wrote:
Here's the deal on the Ford Explorer O/D Light blinking. I'm going through it RIGHT NOW ! The Explorer doesn't have a seperate light for trans problems. So, if the over Drive light is blinking, it doesn't mean there's necessarily a problem with the Over Drive. What it is, is a indicator letting you know there is a problem with your transmission. If you bring it to a Transmission shop, they can put it on a machine and it will send the machine codes, telling you what the problem is. Ford Explorer transmissions are horrible. If you do a search on your vehicle on Google, such as...2002 Ford Explorer Over Drive light blinking...a bunch of sites will come up with loads of Explorer Trans problems. My problem turned out to be the need of a rebuilt trans. Too the tune of $1700.00-$2000.00. I'll find out the cost on 11/27. Good Luck!
Well I just got a rebuilt transmission for my 2002 Ford Explorer a week and a half ago. I drove it out of the shop and the OD light came on and started blinking. took it back a few days later and they said they missed one celunoid ( sp) patch and replaced it. Over drive light IS STILL coming on when I'm on the highway. Sometimes at 50 MPH sometimes 65mph. I dont know what to do I just spent 1900 on the transmission and it still isnt fixed.
Thanks
jim

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#28 Dec 10, 2007
TREAZURE wrote:
IM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 2004 EXPLORER
I'VE HAD THE TRANSMISSION CHANGED AND THE COMPUTER AND THE PROBLEM ISN'T GOING AWAY, THE MANUAL SAYS THE O/D LIGHT FLASHING WILL BASICALLY SCREW UR TRANS MISSION BY THE WAY.
IT SEEMS LIKE NOT EVEN THE MACHNICS CAN FIX THIS PROBLEM PROPERLY.
HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY GOT THEY CAR REPAIRED TO THE POINT THE LIGHT STAYS OFF?
I was able to fix mine. The ATF was overfull by about 1 pint. I disconnected the neg. battery terminal to reset the OD light. Used a small hand pump with 4 feet of 3/8 clear tubing down the dipstick hole to suck out the extra fluid (mobile 1 ATF). Problem has not come back...also told my 2 children to use the brakes to stop the car before shifting from reverse to drive.
jim

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#29 Dec 10, 2007
I was able to fix mine. The ATF was overfull by about 1 pint. I disconnected the neg. battery terminal to reset the OD light. Used a small hand pump with 4 feet of 3/8 clear tubing down the dipstick hole to suck out the extra fluid (mobile 1 ATF). Problem has not come back...also told my 2 children to use the brakes to stop the car before shifting from reverse to drive.
Tanya

Mahwah, NJ

#30 Dec 13, 2007
I have a 2001 Ford Escape and my O/D Off light just started flashing on my way home (1+ drive in a snow storm). I have noticed that it is revving alot and the gas is sticking. Do you think it may be the ATF? My husband is flipping out being that we just got the transmission rebuilt a year ago. Please, if you have any suggestions I would GREATLY appreciate them.

Thanks,
Tanya
blake

Banner Elk, NC

#31 Dec 20, 2007
Sounds like I've got the same problem with the O/D light blinking. I have a '95 model with 181,000 miles on it and the O/D light started blinking at me a couple of days ago and it seems to be a little "clunky" when the Automatic Transmission downshifts, but I am not having any power trouble at all. The mechanic I'm taking it to next week is a friend, so I hope he can figure out what's wrong and it doesn't cost too much. With all the miles I've gotten out of it and no more money than I've put into it, I really shouldn't complain.
Exlplorer 02

Belton, SC

#32 Jan 7, 2008
My OD light just started blinking too! Indeed the manual does say that a blinking od light indicated transmission problems. Althought it sounds like it could be a million things. We'll see
Dru

United States

#33 Jan 11, 2008
blake wrote:
Sounds like I've got the same problem with the O/D light blinking. I have a '95 model with 181,000 miles on it and the O/D light started blinking at me a couple of days ago and it seems to be a little "clunky" when the Automatic Transmission downshifts, but I am not having any power trouble at all. The mechanic I'm taking it to next week is a friend, so I hope he can figure out what's wrong and it doesn't cost too much. With all the miles I've gotten out of it and no more money than I've put into it, I really shouldn't complain.
Mine has the exact problems you are describing
L Lopez

Toronto, Canada

#34 Jan 23, 2008
Had experience the O/D light blinking before on a 1999 Explorer XLT 6 Cylinder 4-Liter. The problem was the tranny's intermediate bands. The bands itself is about C$150.00. It is the labor that hurts.
deadhead

Orange Park, FL

#35 Jan 25, 2008
same problem with my 2001 explorer sport.. to date, haven't had too many problems with it. the other night the od light started flashing but i ignored it and when i turned the car on the next day the light was gone. this morning let the car warm up for 10 min and then went to drive it. noticed that when its super cold out the rpms will jump up and the truck won't shift and when it finally does it slams into gear. did this a few times until one of the times it slammed into gear, it caused the od light to start flashing and it continued to flash the entire ride to work. had the same problem with a mercury cougar i used to drive. i let that one go and kept driving everywhere with the light flashing and never had a real problem with it. haven't taken the explorer to the shop yet but am a little nervous with everything i'm reading - looks like it might turn out to be pretty expensive
Scott D

United States

#36 Feb 20, 2008
I have a 95 Explorer That hesitates when going in reverse. Once it's there it works fine, and it goes through all of the forward gears fine. any thoughts on what this is and how to fix it?
steven

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#37 Feb 21, 2008
The same thing happend to my mom's escape. had to replace a solenoid.
bob

Wickliffe, OH

#38 Feb 28, 2008
Well, after 223000 miles, mostly highway, on my 99 explorer, the o/d lite started blinking. its at the shop right now. hope its not too much.
by reading above---ouch!
was trying to get to 250000!
have another problem--low idle issues. won't idle correctly at start and engine lite stays on. mechanic has replaced too much already and can't figure it out. thought it was vacuum issue, but the computer tells him all is swell...any ideas?
Rob

United States

#39 Mar 15, 2008
bob wrote:
Well, after 223000 miles, mostly highway, on my 99 explorer, the o/d lite started blinking. its at the shop right now. hope its not too much.
by reading above---ouch!
was trying to get to 250000!
have another problem--low idle issues. won't idle correctly at start and engine lite stays on. mechanic has replaced too much already and can't figure it out. thought it was vacuum issue, but the computer tells him all is swell...any ideas?
i've had that problem on a couple vehicles now. my problem was fairly simple...switched out vehicle speed sensor. you may want to check wiring to the sensor, if old the insulation on the wires may be cracked off and allowing wires to ground against metal or both wires to the sensor may be touching. alot of ford's wiring is too close to heat sources and often allows the insulation on wires to get baked, causing the insulation to break apart and fall off. if it's me, i check all the wiring on the vehicle to be sure wiring issues aren't the problem. most wire insulation baking occurs in the engine compartment and near exhaust system and transmission and radiator.
Rob

United States

#40 Mar 15, 2008
deadhead wrote:
same problem with my 2001 explorer sport.. to date, haven't had too many problems with it. the other night the od light started flashing but i ignored it and when i turned the car on the next day the light was gone. this morning let the car warm up for 10 min and then went to drive it. noticed that when its super cold out the rpms will jump up and the truck won't shift and when it finally does it slams into gear. did this a few times until one of the times it slammed into gear, it caused the od light to start flashing and it continued to flash the entire ride to work. had the same problem with a mercury cougar i used to drive. i let that one go and kept driving everywhere with the light flashing and never had a real problem with it. haven't taken the explorer to the shop yet but am a little nervous with everything i'm reading - looks like it might turn out to be pretty expensive
your problem could likely be a vehicle speed sensor or wiring problem leading to the sensor. make sure insulation on wires leading to the sensor isn't cracked and breaking apart exposing the wires. if not change out vehicle speed sensor, typically less than fifty bucks for the part. if not the problem could be powertrain control module , somewhere around 200 dollars.

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