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OD off Light Flashing on my 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 V

I have a 1998 Ford Explore XLT 4.0 V6 Engine. My OD off light started flashing and will not let me put the truck in OD while the light is flashing. It will sometimes reset its self and go away and allow the truck to be in OD. There does not seem to be any difference in the driving except when it is in OD v/s not in OD it drives smoother. Hope you can help... Thanks!! JK

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  • j2dakissee May 26, 2009

    I have had it tested and received different answers from each place I took it. One said a speed sensor, One said Torque Converter and another said the transmission was going out.. I'm scared some of these places are trying to make a quick buck... Thanks!!

  • j2dakissee May 26, 2009

    The trouble code is P0741 but another place said this was not necessarily the problem it was just the code it was throwing. I hope you can help with this. They used a Snap-On tester, would this be accurate enough? Thanks!!

  • j2dakissee May 27, 2009

    Is this something that is going to cost an arm and a leg before I take it to the Ford shop? I've been reading online and it seems that a lot of people are having this same problem with these Ford Explorers. Is there any recall on this problem? How could I find out? Thanks Again!!



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The OD light is flashing to alert u to the fact that some kind of fault has occured in the transmission, the problem is in many cases a slipping condition, you need to have the trans control system tested for the trouble codes that are stored when this light flashes, this will let u know what the problem is and a direction to follow to repair it.

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    Marvin May 26, 2009

    what is the trouble code? has it been to the dealer where they have the proper tools and books?

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    Marvin May 26, 2009

    The code does indicate a problem exists, so not sure why the shop would tell you that, this code indicates a problem in the lock up transmission torque converter clutch citrcuit, it is stuck off, u may not even notice this problem, but it will affect fuel economy to a great degree as it is like losing a top gear, the engine spins much faster with the torque converter clutch not working/engaging, this may be a defective torque converter or a defective control solenoid, there is no way to tell unless a ford dealer does the required tests to determine the exact cause.



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