OD light 2002 ford explorer

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Old 09-15-09, 06:33 PM
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OD light 2002 ford explorer

I could use some advice about a transmission issue with my 2002 ford explorer xlt. I had a transmission overhaul in May due to the OD light flashing. I continued to have problems with the OD light coming on without flashing (solid). The mechanic said that was due to the shift lever and OD button being faulty and replaced that. Total I have spent $3000.00. The OD light continues to come on randomly when driving down the road (solid). I have taken the car back several times, but they never correct the problem. In addition: about a week ago the transmission slipped in first gear several times and the OD light started to flash. It stopped flashing when I stopped and turned off the car. It did not slip again or flash after re-starting. I also had a strong electrical burning smell in the cab and on the passenger side of the engine several days ago after driving in heavy traffic. It has not done that again since. I took it back to the mechanic and they say they can't find anything wrong. I had read on another forum that the code remains in the car for 50 rounds after the flash. If this is so then I wonder if the mechanic is being honest. I would love any advice on what might be the problem and how to handle it.
 
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Old 09-15-09, 07:09 PM
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yes,the pcm stores the code set when the 'mil'(malfunction indicator lite) in illuminated,different vehicles-different # of key cycles.depending where you are,most parts suppy houses(autozoze/orielly/etc.have a code scanner.if you can retrieve that 'code' it will give a tech a place to start.
in support of your repair facility,'intermittent'electronic problems can be very difficult to resolve.
i work for a 'ford' dealer.i know we are expensive,but 'we' have the best support from 'ford motor co.'
& usually a better recource ,if problem not solved!

just a little 'food for thought'
mike
 
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Thanks for the help

Thanks for the help. I think I will try taking it and having the code identified by someone else. My mechanic says it has to be flashing at the time I bring it in or it needs to slip when they drive it. They have said nothing about the code being stored. Since I have already paid my mechanic $3000.00, they are going to have to be accountable for the repair or offer a refund.
 
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Old 09-16-09, 07:36 PM
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i have 03 explorer that had the same problem. I paid $3000 for a rebuilt transmission.

I would take it to a transmission shop and get a specialist opinion. AAMCO has free inspections. They did mine and it has run great since. They rebuild it with an improved after market transmission.

Apparently the original Ford tranny is aluminum and is junk. Many shops will rebuild to Ford specs and the problem returns.

Google ford transmission problems and you'll see that this is an issue Ford is aware of but does nothing about unless the vehicle remains under the factory warranty.
 
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Old 09-16-09, 09:10 PM
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Stumped1.. You say the origional tranny is aluminum & is junk??? What are the aftermarket transmissions you bought made from??? As far as I know,, Every manufacturer (even a H.D Allison) has been made from aluminum & has stood the test of time.. After working for Ford for 20 years,, I think other companies have a lot more issues to deal with if you want to get into the ""Google"" problems with cars.. Less than $2200 CDN would have installed a new Ford trans with a 3 year warranty where I used to work... Roger
 
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Hey, I am just telling you what I was told by 5 different garages, including 2 ford dealers.
 
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