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overdrive blinking

i have a 04 2WD ranger and the overdrive light started blinking, i restarted the truck and it went away and i havn't drove it since, anybody know what this means and how i can fix it, i dont want to spend a fat load of money to buy a new tranny right now, any ideas
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It means theres a transmission problem. You should take it into a shop if it comes back, its not a code that you can pull at autozone or something.
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Check the Performance Transmission thread.... I had the same issue come up and it showed a slippage between 2-3 gear and then a incorrect gear ratio. Basically it got stuck in btween 2 and 3 and rev'd higher and wouldn't shift until i let off the throttle.
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All it means is that the transmission threw a trouble code. It could be anything. You need to have the code read before anyone can give you a diagnosis. Auto Zone and Advance read codes for free.
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That code isn't like a normal engine code, Auto Zone told me they can't read it.
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Check the Performance Transmission thread.... I had the same issue come up and it showed a slippage between 2-3 gear and then a incorrect gear ratio. Basically it got stuck in btween 2 and 3 and rev'd higher and wouldn't shift until i let off the throttle.
i think this is what mine might be doing. but it hardly does it. whats the fix for this? im under warranty still so should i take mine in?
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Yeah I would take it in, warranty will cover it. I would have done it before you put bigger tires on though.
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If under warranty take it in to a tranny shop and have them read the code and then google the web. specifically try explorer-forums.com they have alot of good transmission information. Then learn what you can and take it back to ford telling them it is probably your valve body and gasket.... that way they can look right into that... but since its under warranty from ford have them do there work on it...
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I am getting a reworked valve body from NicksterSVT....

The Stage 3 kit that I sell used to go for 650 plus a 300 refundable core, but due to the increase in prices of parts, my cost on parts is more than what I used to sell the kits for.

The Stage 3 Kit includes:

A completely rebuilt valve body,seperater plate, and gaskets(to ford's specs) with all new solenoids(shift and epc) that gets worked to your specifications(how you want it to shift).

Upgraded intermediate servo, servo cover, servo spring, and o-ring seal.

Band adjusting nuts.

Transmission pan gasket and filter.

Transmission fluid additive.

Full step-by-step instructions with torque specs.
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That code isn't like a normal engine code, Auto Zone told me they can't read it.
Did they actually try? When my Explorer had a blinking OD light I used a regular code reader to get the code from the diagnostic port under the hood. It was OBD 1 though.
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I tried with my scangauge and it couldn't read it. It was a 99 ranger though, not my truck. Still had OBDII though
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This sucks, Im looking at an 05 Fx4 auto, but if the auto transmissions are junk in these things then I don't know, its going to be harder to find a manual.
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I have 75k on mine and have 0 problems, shifts like new.
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The one im looking at seems okay, im just nervious about buying a used one with an auto. Ill probably look into an extended warrenty if I buy it. It has 40K on it.
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Its not just the 05 its the 5R55E trans witch are found in the Ranger and Explorer.
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Its not just the 05 its the 5R55E trans witch are found in the Ranger and Explorer.
05? I was talking about the year of the truck I was looking at, they have used these transmissions for quite a few years now.
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Yeah im justing repeating what you said. Take the truck for a spin and see how the trans shifts.
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Oh I did, 3 times actually lol. I kicked it down a few times to see how it reacted and I didn't really notice anything I would consider unusual. Im not familer how the autos in these normally act and respond to really know if its 100 percent good.
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mine was blinking like that, ended up having to get a tranny rebuild :(
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has it already been serviced? like filter and such.
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My "O/D" light started flashing once, at about 150,000 km (~90,000 miles).

Even while it was flashing, the shifts didn't feel any different, and there were no noticeable drivability issues.

This was about 1 1/2 years ago, and it happened when it was wet/slippery out.

I took the truck to a tranny shop, and they said that the codes showed that there was a problem in the 2 -3 shift range.

They told me that a re-build woudl be in the $2,000 (CDN) range, and that that was the only way that I could ensure that the condition would not recur.

Since it was due for a tranny filter change, I just had them do that and also flush out the system, and clear the codes.

When it is wet/slippery out, I take it extra easy on the gas, easing up and paying special attention when the tranny reaches the 2- 3 shift point, since it was under these conditons that the O/D light started flashing.

The "O/D" light flashing has not occured again, and I've put on almost another 150,000 km.

BTW, tranny filter and fluid are changed every 50,000 km (30,000 miles).

First have the codes read - but it could just be that you only need a filter and fluid change.
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My 99 model has 240,000 miles on the stock tranny it may go out tommorow but it has been doing great since I have owned the truck, and I have never cut it any slack
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