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Old 03-11-2012, 00:33   #1 (permalink)
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2005 Ford Explorer O/D light flashing

Hi to everyone.I just bought my 2005 Ford Explorer XLT 4x2 Advance Trac with 132k miles.And after i bought it O/D light comes on and O/D doesn't work.But as soon i was restart the engine its goes away and only sometimes comes back.And after i restart the engine it will goes away again.some times its comes on when i'm driving sometimes its not.No check engine lights is on.Only tire sensor.And i have a message on dashboard something like " check transmission " . Transmission works good. Please guys,help me.Thank you
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Re: 2005 Ford Explorer O/D light flashing

To my knowledge, once the OD light starts blinking intermittently your tranny is on its way out. I own an 02 Explorer, and I know that's the death bell for those vehicles; however I'd wait until someone more knowledgeable speaks up.

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May be i'm confused you and ererybody here.I was try to edit the title but i can't/My O/D light is not flashing.If its comes on its stay on,but if i restart a car its goes away and works normally.
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Take it in to see what codes are coming up. Transmissions can have specific codes; similar to an engine that tells the shop more directly where the problem lies. It may be something as simple as a bad solenoid. Also, before you take it anywhere, make sure the fluid level is correct.

In most cases with automatics, when you get low (really low) on fluid, you won't be able to grab any gears; you'll place it into drive or reverse and the engine will just race without you moving. It'll be the same as if you had the transmission in neutral.

If there is no harsh shifting changing through the gears, chances are the transmission itself is OK. The torque converter may be the culprit.

When you drive it next, manually keep it in 3rd gear or if you can, lock off overdrive and see if the light still comes on. This can help the diagnosis a bit when you take it to a shop. More importantly, if you explain to a shop/mechanic what you've tried to alleviate the problem and do a self diagnosis, they'll be less likely to rip you off thinking you know almost as much as they do.
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