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Old 06-19-2005, 01:57 AM   #1
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Unhappy "overdrive off" light blinking periodically

Hey guys my 2002 ford focus has started to act weird. The "overdrive off" light comes on and starts blinking for no reason while driving? It only does it for a couple of minutes and then everything returns to normal, but then after a couple a minutes it happens again. I don't know what to do. I am really worried. Can anyone one out there help me? Any help, suggestions, troubleshooting would be greatly appreciated. Hope to hear from you, please help.



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Old 03-29-2006, 02:32 PM   #2
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Got this yesterday on a 2004 ZX3 with only 13,700 miles. At first, it was just clunky shifts at low RPMs, then as I was stopped in a drivethru, the O/D light started blinking. Turned off the car and restarted and it's been fine ever since.

Read the manual, doesn't say much, only, "get your transmission checked soon or you could damage your trans". I think I'll have the dealer pull the code as part of the upcoming 15K service. Unless it happens again, in which case I'll take it to the dealer straight away.

Has this happened to anyone besides Fred and me? Any other recommendations?
 
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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The ECU has found something with your tranny that it doesn't like and wants fixed. IIRC, sometimes you can count the flashes and a Haynes or Chilton's might tell you what is the problem. You might also try the Odometer hack and see if any DTC's show there.
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:46 PM   #4
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Does it feel like the OD is engaging and disengaging?
Or are you just getting the light flicker?
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:18 PM   #5
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The ECU has found something with your tranny that it doesn't like and wants fixed. IIRC, sometimes you can count the flashes and a Haynes or Chilton's might tell you what is the problem. You might also try the Odometer hack and see if any DTC's show there.
Thanks BlacKnight. It flashed constantly until I restarted the car. As for the Odometer hack, I tried it and it said "dTR - nONE". (?)

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Does it feel like the OD is engaging and disengaging?
Or are you just getting the light flicker?
There's no vibration or RPM increase/decrease that would signify the OD engaging/disengaging, but then again, I was idling when the OD light started flashing. Will report back if it happens again but in the meantime, wouldn't mind hearing from anyone here if this has happened to them.
 
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This has happened to me. The light would turn on and then off while at idle and while driving. After a while, the light turned on and stayed one... about 30 seconds later it felt like the car just started yelling. The OD would no longer engage, it felt likt it wanted to but just couldn't. I reset the ECU (remove batt cable)... and it drove great for 5 minutes, the OD would engage and disengage normally. Then about 5 min into driving, the light turned back on and stayed on ... and the OD went stupid. (I was still under warranty)

It had something to due with a seal and the tranny loosing preasure. ..
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As people have said, it is telling you that it thinks something is not normal in the operation of the transmission, and if you keep driving it you may turn a simple or moderate problem into a very expensive problem.

Have it checked-out. I'd hate to see your next post start with "my cars been towed to the dealer and he says I need a new tranmission."
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Don't ignore it.
Our Escape (different vehicle, but there's more in common than you'd think) did the same thing.
Flashing OD light...
Pulled over shut it down, fired it back up after a couple minutes, drove it home.
Next day, took off like normal, light blinked, car stopped, tranny done...caput...blowed up...deader than a doornail...etc etc.
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The overdrive off light on my car would come on while I drove the car. Nothing like the overdrive shutting off while you're driving 70 down the interstate. I was going to take it to the dealer, until I figured out the cell phone in my pocket was pushing on the button while I drove. Whoduthunk.
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Old 05-31-2006, 03:40 PM   #10
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Update: Just went in for my 15,000 mile service. Told them to change the wiper blades and find out why the O/D light blinked that one time.

Cost me $99 for the service (this is on par with what edmunds.com paid) + $49 for 3 wiper blades, installation, and pulling the code.

Except there was no code to pull. Just as I found using the odometer, there was no code. The service manager told me "it's a fluke, but if it happens again, bring it back immediately".

Then he said to give them an AA rating on the Ford survey that comes in the mail. Ha!
 
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