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98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Mike 2-5-04  
I have a 98 Explorer with 56k miles on it. 2 days ago the "O/D Off" light blinked. I took it to AAMCO for a computer read out, and on my way in, the light quit blinking for some reason. Crazy. Anyway, AAMCO said that the code read a torque converter issue, but they couldn't see or feel anything wrong with that, and felt that it was probably nothing to worry about based on their inspection. Regardless I decided to put in new fluid and filter and clear the code, and I drove away happy with no blinking light. Today, the light came on again, and AAMCO is saying it might be something internal and major, and wants it in for a look at the internal systems to the tune of $600 for a diagnosis. I also just noticed that the odometer has not been working for a few days. Are these two related? Any ideas on what this could be and how much cash I will be out to fix??? Thanks-
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Gileno Barreto 6-25-06  
Thank you for the comments. Its helping me here in Brazil. Its not so common auto transmissions specialists around here.
Re: 93 Ford O/D Light Blinking robert seven 6-14-06  
I have same problem as chris gosling....ambulance.....e4od........o/d light blinking upon coasting(but not while in o/d).......trans "searches" during light accelleration.......have replaced solenoid pak, speed sensor, throttle control sensor, mlp, AND torque converter.......H E L P.........rob seven
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking chris gosling 6-4-06  
Operate a voluntary ambulance service on island in Bahamas.1994 Ford E350 with 7.3 diesel (non-turbo) O/D light flashes oonly when you take your foot off the gas pedal. Also when accelerating trans shifts normally but under light acceleration it shifts up and down.Continued application of gas pedal during shift up seems to keep it in the required gear.Happens when engine trans are warm and gets worse as engine gets hotter.Is there a sensor that I can easily access?Would appreciate help as we are the only ambulance on Eleuthera.
Chris.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking scott 8-20-06  
My 2003 ford explorers o/d light is blinking. it starts when i get close to the last gear and it never shifts to that last gear. it seems to be a very common problem and expensive to fix. what could the answer be to this problem. the light resets when we turn car off and then continues when i near the last gear again. thanks
Re: 95 Ford O/D Light Blinking luther caldwell 11-15-06  
My O/D light is blinking.I have been told it is the torque convertor.Is this probably the trouble.
Re: 95 Ford Contour Mike Schmitt 1-25-07  
My contours spedo/odometer and cruise control have stopped working. where do I
start to solve this problem
(5-speed manual)
Re: 95 Ford O/D Light Blinking luther caldwell 12-8-06  
I have been told that a new torque convertor will cure this problem.is this correct and if so what brand of convertor and approxmate price to repair the explorer?
Re: 92 Ford E350 O/D Light Blinking Oswald 7-18-05  
Dear RV Experts:

I was so happy to see your web site that I am only just now observing that you might not help the stranded elderly owner of a 1992 Ford E350 truck carrying a diesel engine.

However, if your grace is extended to me, I will outline what I have observed.

1. On my way from the used truck mart out of state, I observed the O/D light flashing, so I called and spoke with the manager at that location. He assured me that nothing was wrong. I could not see any problems with the operation of the vehicle. It was a pleasure to drive.

2. Driving less than 40 mph I was suddenly aware that there was no power although the engine was still running.

A mechanic had me watch the driveshaft, but it was not even attempting to move.

A message appeared on the dashboard:
Error 3

Please, is there any way that you can rescue me?

I have no training in auto mechanics, but, using workshop repair manuals, have replaced engines, pistons, piston rings, crankshaft bearings, clutches, among other parts.

Best regards,

Oswald


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Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking scott 8-20-06  
My 2003 ford explorers o/d light is blinking. it starts when i get close to the last gear and it never shifts to that last gear. it seems to be a very common problem and expensive to fix. what could the answer be to this problem. the light resets when we turn car off and then continues when i near the last gear again. thanks
HELP James Peterson 7-17-05  
My 95 ford explorer, the o/d light is blinking. 80,000 miles Any help?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Phil Feinstein 2-6-04  
The trip Odometer is directly related to the PSOM: that's where the info is stored. The VSS feeds directly to the PSOM, but I can't remember if the PSOM feeds the ECM (Fuel brain) or if the VSS feeds directly. It could be both.

the only thing you could hurt is your mileage, since the engine revs faster without the lock up engaged. You're safe to drive it, but if you keep clearing the codes instead of getting them read and making a note of them you'll never solve the problem. I can tell you that you're looking for a P0500 or a P0501 or P0503, but unless someone hooks a scanner to your car you can't retrieve this info. These codes point directly to the VSS and it's circuit and would be a slam dunk for fixing this. Pep boys, Autozone and Checker all offer free code reading. If you don't have one of these near you, check in your local phone book and call around to see if any of the parts stores near you offer this service.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Mike 2-6-04  
Thanks, I really appreciate the response. One clarification and more confusion: it was the trip odometer that wasn't working but the regular odometer was working.
Also, this morning the "Check Engine" light came on mysteriously, and the "O/D Off" stopped blinking again. So I have no idea what is going on. But I brought it in and got the codes cleared again, and am going to see if the lights come on.
Lastly, I reset the trip odometer after I took it in, and now it seems to work. It's like there are supernatural forces taking over my car in the last 3 days. Prior to this, I've had no issues. Do you still feel that this is the same issue that you responded to? If the trip odometer is working, am I safe to run it and not get it checked again (assuming the warning light does not come on again)?
Thanks again!
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Phil Feinstein 2-6-04  
Yes, they are related!!!

Your car has a fly-by-wire speedometer/Odometer that uses a Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) and Programable Speedometer/Odometer Module (PSOM). The torque converter lockup relies on information from the VSS to figure out when the car is moving faster than 40MPH. If the VSS is not working, the lockup does not know when to engage and the OD light blinks because of an error.

Your car is EEC5. This is important because your computer will read out in Detailed Trouble Codes (DTCs). The scanner will get an alphnumeric code (One letter and 4 digits) that specifies what the problem is and if it's internal or external to the transmission. I'm a bit concerned by someone saying "Torque converter issue" and not giving you any specifics.

Look to the wiring going to the VSS (The sensor is on the back of the transmission) and the sensor itself. *DO NOT* jump the wires together!! the feed is supposed to be AC, not DC and a DC feed will cause damage!! You can replace the VSS yourself or check the harness for bare or broken wires or take it to the Ford dealer and have them test the VSS *SPECIFICALLY*. Unfortunately, you may have to pay for this service if the VSS is not considered an emissions part; You are beyond 3yrs/36K. Do not accept any testing from the dealer that does not include an SBDS printout, and state specifically that you want the SBDS (Service Bay Diagnostic System) used.

Hope that helps!
Re: 98 Ford Contour Speedometer and Odometer not working and O/D Light OFF Maureen 2-15-05  
A deer hit the passenger side mirror and broke it. During the following week, the speedometer would go crazy and the odometer would quit and well as the gas gauge light would go on. Now the O/D light came on. Can you tell me what I need to do - they are telling me I need a new transmission. Help!
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking PEDRO 9-19-10  
Luz o/d off. se enciende en mi ford explorer xlt. del 98....desde ayer prende y apaga la luz... que podria estar pasando y como solucuonarlo.????..gracias.
Re: 95Ford O/D Light Blinking dave 7-13-05  
I have the same problem with my 95 ford explorer, the o/d light is blinking, and I have been running it for over a year like this. It has a hard down shift from 20mph to a stop. If I reset the computer the car runs great with no problems for a half an hour. Is it a solenoid, torque converter, or what? Any suggestions?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking bob willimann 6-1-05  
1995 ford explorer 4x4 111,000mi
My o/d light just started flashing and is rough when downshifting into it's lowest gears.
8,00mi ago the same thing happened and the light went off and things were perfect again. can you offer me some suggestions. i have it now at a cottman trans place and the manager put a $ scare into me...... also what can i expect a full trans to cost if that is the case?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Marcelo 5-23-07  
I have a Ford Explorer 95, I have a problem, when I start to drive everything its ok, but later the o/d light start blinking, and the odometer die and the transmision stick on 1st gear and doesnt change of it.
What could be the problem??
Thanks
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking DM 5-18-05  
1996 explorer: speedomoter, odometer, not working and the o/d off is flashing and checkengine light is on. All happened at same time. What is the problem?
99 Ford expedition O/D Light Blinking Elmo Duckworth 6-28-09  
The o/d light on my 99 expedition is constantly blinking and as i accelerate the gears shift real hard im dumbfounded on this issue can some1 please tell me whats going wrong
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Deryk 2-5-09  
I have a 95 Explorer with 56k miles on it. I replaced the motor in 2006 and the transmission 6 months ago. Yesterday the "O/D Off" light blinked. I had a code test run on it and the mechanic found nothing. Later that day, he said that the OD light has went off. He states he's gonna drive it home tonight (about a 30 mile drive) and let me knoe how it works out tomorrow. Regardless I decided to put in new fluid and filter and clear the code, and I drove away happy with no blinking light. The mechanic also states when he brings it in tomorrow, he suggests the transmission be serviced as well. My odometer has not been working for a few years as well. Are these two related? Any ideas on what this could be and how much cash I will be out to fix??? Thanks-
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking John Martin 5-20-10  
I have a E150 conversion van. About two weeks ago the overdrive light started blinking intermittently. When I turn the o/d off it still blinks. The van has had several episodes of unexpected sudden lurches for years. The Ford mechanics could not find a problem while the drive train was under warranty. The odeometer now has 138K miles.
Ford O/D Light Blinking Armando 7-22-09  
My 2002 ford explorers o/d light is blinking. it starts when i get close to the last gear and it never shifts to that last gear. it seems to be a very common problem and expensive to fix. what could the answer be to this problem. the light resets when we turn car off and then continues when i near the last gear again. thanks
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Heather 9-11-09  
I have a '98 Ford Contour and o/d light started flashing just before the tranny decided to go bad on me.....So I'm having the tranny rebuilt now....so will that fix the o/d light problem?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Marcelo 6-8-07  
I have a 95 Ford Explorer Limited and I had the same problem.....checked everything and nothing happened.....the last thing that I checked was the speedometer sensor and It was the real problem....because its get warm and doesnt work......I had to change it for a new one and my problem go away.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Duane 1-31-10  
The speedo on my 96 Explorer quit working and the O/D light started flashing. Problem was the $20 Vehicle Speed Sensor. Car shifts hard at high RPM into second because it didn't know how fast it was moving. O/D will only engage above a certain speed... again car doesn't know how fast its going. One nut on a stud toward the rear of the transmission and replace the VSS. I did check it with a meter first. Resistance should be 190-240 ohms. Mine actually worked but it turned out to be a worn plastic gear on the VSS. Before you bitch about plastic, be thankful that the one INSIDE the transmission isn't the one that wears.
Good luck.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Tyson 11-26-09  
Hello well im kinda having the same thing happening with my 1996 ford explore as well, but kinda different. my O/D light poped up and was blinking for about 15 min. and I was driving up a hill and suddenly my rpm's went way up and transmition wouldnt engage then smoke is everywhere. first I though i Blew a head gasket but i checked the oil and it wasnt milky. now its sitting in my drive way, it starts up fine but will not go in any gears, not even reverse, 1,2,3,Drive nothing works. i disconected the cables going to the battery to reset the computer but it did nothing still. any help is greatly appreicated.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Kim 9-8-08  
My O/D off light came on my Ford Taurua Station Wagon I belive it is a 98. What made it come on and how do i get it off?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking max 9-22-08  
I HAVE THE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my teacher worked for gm and im in his automotive class. i was on I 95 and my O/D light started flashing ('01 crown vic PI). I called him up and he told me it is an easy one. the 4th gear is slipping. end of story.
96 Ford Explorer O/D Light Blinking tIM 5-5-08  
O/D light started blinking today. It shifts hard from 1st to 2nd. Also Door Ajar light came on today (all doors shut). Background info - It has been running perfect. I changed spark plugs and wires, changed engine oil, PCV, and cleaned battery terminals yesterday. Questions - did disconnecting battery mess something up? Did I accidently disconnect vacumm line to transmission? Ideas? All problems started this morning. thanx
tim
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Marvin Allen 7-13-07  
95 Ford Explorer O/D Light Blinking Scan Code Reads 412 High RPM. Is This A Torque Converter Or An Valve Body Malfunction?
RE: 1996 E-150 SPEEDOMETER NOT WORKING MIKE 6-21-07  
MY 96 E-150 SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER STOP WORKING OVERNITE AND IT STARTED BANGING INTO GEAR. I SUSPECT A VEHICLE SPEED SENSOR PROBLEM.BUT THERE IS NO SPEED SENSOR IN MY TRANNY. I HAVE BEEN TOLD IT MAY RUN OFF MY REAR ABS SENSOR. I REPLACED IT. IT DID NOT HELP ANY IDEAS
2002 Ford F 150 Speedo/Odo Inop Chris 12-23-07  
I have been trying to figure out a 2002 ford F 150, It has codes PO500 and Po 1502. I replaced the Cluster assy and reset, still inop, Looking at the Pids VSS is normal, can comand speedo up/down with diag tool. How does it process the vss imfo and what all affects it?
Re:95 explorerFord O/D Light Blinking manolo 10-7-07  
O/d light flashing it down shifts from 4 to 2nd and odometer not working
Re: 98 Ford Countour O/D Light Blinking Chris 12-29-07  
My Countour only has 78,000 miles. My O/D light has been blinking since 60,000 miles. How can i fix this problem?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Lloyd 4-27-08  
Truck starts bucking and then stalls can restart but when you put in drive it starts bucking again and stalls only light that comes on is OD light that keeps blinking
ABS LIGHT ON Tim 4-15-08  
Hi, I just purchased a used 1994 29' Fleetwood Tioga Ford chassis E350 460cid 39,000 miles class c motorhome. The problem is that the ABS light comes on after driving a block or 2 and stays on until I shut off the engine. It comes on everytime I drive. Any Ideas? Thanks. Please email me with any ideas
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Bob 1-14-08  
My O/D light starting blinking no problems shifting, any ideas too what causes this blinking problem and how to fix it??
Thanks in advance!!!
95 Ford E150: has no readout on the speedometer or odometer Chip Chipman 12-26-04  
I have a 1995 Ford E150. The speedometer and Odometer are not working, also the overdrive light is flashing, the transmission is shifting very hard and when it wants to. mainly at higher rpm's or when you let off the gas. Where do I start looking to try and fix this? Thank you for any help! Chip wcksactorep@hotmail.com
Re: 98 Ford Contour Speedometer and Odometer not working and O/D Light OFF Cristian Cascante 6-5-05  
My advice is to stop hitting deers...
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Tony Bonjorno 6-14-10  
What are the answers to the problem of why the AX4N will not shift into O/D? It seems it could be the solenoid on a broken clip. Am I correct? Please advise
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking tony delea 2-24-10  
My od light was blinking 2 months ago they told me its speed sensor i changed them the truck was fine for about one and half month but today the light stared blinking again so what do you think the problem might be
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking pamela 5-17-11  
Transmission jumping gears/ o/d light blinkingyn
No up shift untilo you take foot off gas Harold gipson 12-2-10  
95 ford f350 7.3 desel wont up shift until foot taken off throtle soloniods and mlsp switch has been replaced.speedo and tach. is working fine
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Albert 4-6-10  
My 1998 ford Rangers o/d light is blinking. it starts when i get close to the last gear and it never shifts to that last gear. what could the answer be to this problem. the light resets when we turn car off and then continues when i near the last gear again. thanks
Re: 97 Ford O/D Light Blinking richard hales 4-26-08  
Trying to find where the solenoid is for my o/d.
Re: 95 Ford O/D Light Blinking jack 11-27-07  
It is trans o/d trans solenoid
Re: 95 Ford Contour Evelyn 12-21-10  
I have a 1998 Ford Contour and lately the odometer does not work all of the time. Sometimes it will go up then back when I am driving. Also the cruise control does not work. I was driving it today and it started bucking and I barely made it home. It will start but I am afraid to drive it anywhere out of the yard. What could possibly be wrong with it? It also would speed up and then barely go. There was smoke coming from a compartment located on the front of the motor today. Please help.
1996 ford Taurus O/D Light is Blinking Chris 5-25-07  
My O/D light is blinking anyone know why this is or how to fix it?
Re: 1996 ford Taurus O/D Light is Blinking david 8-30-09  
Whatis wrong and how do i fix it?
Re: 1996 ford Taurus O/D Light is Blinking david 8-30-09  
What is wrong?
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking dj 11-13-10  
1996 Ford Taurus Wagon....
service engine light on.
blinking O/D off light.
Replaced 3 solenoids in transmission. was led to believe that was it. Got it back and not even half way down the road the service engine light comes on again. After taking it up to higher speeds i discover that it doesn't engage 4th gear quite right and 5th gear will not engage at all.
My question is this. first, how many solenoids are in the transmission?
would that bulletin you spoke of in another post apply to this situation?
i don't want my mechanic to try to short change me by saying i need a new transmission when it could be something as simple as what you described.
I asked them to replace any parts while it is apart so i could get the check engine light off and the O/D light to stop blinking.
They claim it is normal for the O/D light to blink. I think its b.s. and they are trying to fool me cuz they really don't know why. I will try to get them to give me all the codes from the scanner so i can give them to you but i have a sneaky suspicion it is either what you said or maybe a bad computer? Problem is, where i live you have to pass smog checks and you cant do that with a service engine light on and ive already paid them 845 dollars to replace all the solenoids and they handed me back 3 and that that was it....i have read online that there are 5....can you please help shed some light on this to start with. I cannot afford to be drained of my money as i was just in a head on collision and this was supposed to be my "new" car after my accident (which was not my fault btw)...i feel like they are gonna try to take the easy way out and i can't afford to keep dumping money into this repair when they are the ones who can't seem to fix things right.Any help on this would be great, thanks in advance.

dj
Re: Re:95 explorerFord O/D Light Blinking Jerry 3-3-08  
I have a 95 ford explorer that has a O/D light blinking. It seems to shift ok but sometimes doesn't go into reverse the first time. I had the transmission rebuilt at 75,000 mi and it has 145,000 mi on it now. What is the problem?
96 F350 deisal O/D Light Blinking james 7-19-09  
My gasket was leaking and i got low on fluid, next i looked down and OD light wont stop blinking. though its shifting just fine.
Re: Ford O/D Light Blinking Chriatopher Wasson 10-13-09  
I have a 97 ford Taurus lx, the o/d off light flashes sometimes, but not all the time, but when it flashes the car like sputters when shifting into first & second gear, it might stay on for a while, but go off for a few days, before coming back on
1995 e350 Pat O'Leary 2-2-11  
1995 e350 econoline. OD light flashing, hard and erratic shifting. Runs fine when cold and then problems start as it reaches normal operating temp. Has been doing this for about 6 years off and on. Sometimes problem will disappear for several months at a time only to return. I'm sure the problem is in something that is affected by heat...wiring harness, some kind of sensor, you name it?
Re: 96 Ford O/D Light Blinking allan 12-7-10  
My '96 taurus w/24valve V-8 will not shift in o/d & the o/d light blinks as it should when no o/d. this had been going on for about 6 months, but then all of a sudden the car went into o/d and the light went off and everything was normal for several months. then with nothing unusual the light started blinking again and can't get into o/d, seems very strange to me...helpfg7
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Danny 5-31-11  
I have a 99 expedition just bought!! Runs perfect!! But when going slightly up hill for a short distance it starts jerkin and losing power. o/d light is flashing and there is a transmission leak somewere dont know what it could be fluid is good.Hope its not a big big issue. Anyone having same problem.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Kevin Jaynes 12-5-10  
Hey all,

The main problem with the Transmission slipping and not engaging in my 98 ford contour automatic v6 24 valve is code p1744 it's torque converter solenoid.

For those with the speedometer not working or working correctly check the speed sensor in the transmission or transaxle. Or check with the fuses first!

Does anyone know if the Torque Converter Solenoid is located in the transmission or can you get to it from outside the transmission? email me kevinjaynes@hotmail.com Thanks
Re: 95 Ford O/D Light Blinking B. GARCIA 9-18-12  
TENGO UNA EXPLORER 95,4X4, LA LUZ DEL O/D PARPAREANDO,EN EL TALLER PUGA EN SAN NICOLAS POR SENDERO,BAJARON LA TRANSMISION,DESPUES DE UNOS DIAS SIGUE IGUAL LA LUS DEL O/D, CAMBIE VSS,DE TRANSMISION Y DIFERENSIAL, SIGUE IGUAL LLEVO COMO UN AÑO CON ESTO,LA CUARTA NO ENTRA
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Curtis 11-23-11  
My over drive is blinking, it is shifting crazy, I put in a new tranny about 2 months ago.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Curtis 11-23-11  
My over drive is blinking, it is shifting crazy, I put in a new tranny about 2 months ago.
Re: 97 Ford O/D Light Blinking Rob B 11-6-11  
I have a 97 taurus the o/d light stays on and it won't shift into the last gear,is this a major problem? Thanks Rob
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking timothy moore 6-29-11  
98 ford explorer eb o/d light blinking
Re: 94 Ford O/D Light Blinking eric mcmahon 10-2-11  
My O/D light began flashing. Other than hard shifting it drives ok. A transmission outfit checked the codes and told me it the torque converter needed to be replaced. I'm going to get a second opinion before having it replaced at $1200. Will it do any damage if I continue to drive in 'safe mode'in the meantime? Any help would be welcome.
Re: 98 Ford O/D Light Blinking Rob Swenson 1-9-11  
Hey Kevin,

Wondering if you got an answer to your question cause I have the same engine, and haven't been able to figure that out either... where the torque con. sensor is, I've been looking for awhile, and found your question. Can ya help me out? Did you get an answer? Would appreciate the help. Thanks Rob
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