Why does my O/D light blink when I drive?

Asked by Jan 04, 2013 at 11:26 AM about the 2003 Ford Explorer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

23 Answers


It indicates a problem with the transmission. It's similar to the "check engine" light. Get the codes read to determine the cause. It could be something simple like a speed sensor or something more important. The one thing you don't want to do is ignore it. The light could be indicating a problem that could destroy the transmission.

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My 2003 explorer v6 had the same problem about two years ago. It was intermintent. Called my tranny guy I have known since high school and he told me when he happens again, do not shut off the engine and bring it directly to him. He plugged in the reader under the dash. Walked into the shop, cam back with an electronic piece which attaches to the tranny and I was off again in ten minutes. The bill was fifty bucks. He told me the name of the device, but I forgot. He did state it is electronic and is attached to the tranny.

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where does ur friend live i have the same problem with the od light flashing i already rebuilt the tranny same problem

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Is it ok to drive with the o/d on on a ford explorer

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Not recommended. It indicates a problem with the transmission. Why risk doing further damage.

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i have a 1999 ford f250 with the 5.4 gas andi just put a nother tranny in it and my o/d light is on and it will not pull in drive but i can put it in 1st and it pulls just fien but in drive i have to give it a lot of gas then it starts to pul its the 4r100

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I need help with my 98 mustang same problem how do i fix it

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you need to change the solenoid pack of you transmission i have the same problem on my car ford explorer 2005 and i will fix it this week

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I also have a 2003 ford explorer with the od off light flashing. Physically the car runs awesome. No slipping or hard shifting. What can the issue be?

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Read my post above Caylen. Another symptom was when I parked the vehicle and turned off the engine off overnight, it would take a while for it to come back on.

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I have a 02 Ford Explorer an it does the same think what can it be need help

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speed sensors ( 3 sensors ) on Transmission also need to change to fix this issu, anyone can call me to send photo of these sensor to you by whatsap 00966565865449

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Just brought 2001 Mazda Tribute . The O/D off light flashed. Notice the wire is cut at base of the gear shifter. Would this be why the O/D off light flashes?

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Hello I have a 02 Ford Explorer my 0/d off light flashing what I can do please help

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Now I'm having the same issue...smh Does anyone know of someone (or a shop) trust worthy in the 513 area

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I have a Ford explorer 03 overdrive light flashes when I'm driving what could it be

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WRX: On my 03, when I had the same issue, it was a solenoid. My tranny guy fixed it in about half an hour. May have more info on the net, check there.

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I have a 2003 Ford Explorer my battery went dead change the battery and now my o/d light is flashing it wasn't doing that before the battery went dead any ideas on what the problem is. Thanks

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Is their a way to prevent it or shut the light off so it will not come back on like a fuse or switch?

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I have a same problem O/D off light blinking. Any idea what the hack going on with my car

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blinking lite on trans...check for low fluid..my lite would not come on. added fluid and works great now..

Besides the overdrive light blinking on and off does the vehicle have any hard shifts?I️ had the same problem and changed the valve body gaskets and Now my explorer shifts perfect and no more blinking overdrive light

Mine is doing this and shifting hard and when I put it in park sometimes it won’t change gears??

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