Overdrive Light On problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer - part 1

236 problems related to overdrive light on have been reported for the 2002 Ford Explorer. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2002 Ford Explorer based on all problems reported for the 2002 Explorer.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 1
Failure Date: 03/30/2016

As I was out driving one day, I pulled off from a green light and out of nowhere the "service engine light" and the "o/d light" both turned on at the same time. At the same time I noticed that the truck began to shift very poorly coming out of 1st and 2nd gear. It is now to the point where there is a really loud "clunk" every time the truck shifts, especially in the lower gears and when putting the truck in reverse. I pulled over to ensure that it wasn't something I had done and it wasn't! I let the car sit for a few hours hoping that would clear the issue, but no luck! after much research on the problem this is a very well known problem by Ford motor company and nothing has been done to resolve it for their customers. I purchased this vehicle just under a month ago and already I'm looking at $2,000 to put in a new transmission. Well after purchasing the vehicle I can not afford to fix Ford's mistake!!! this is a clear defect of a Ford product and after spending my hard earned money on one of their products I expect much better from them! even after spending $2,000 on another transmission, it is a sure fact that it is only inevitable that this problem will happen again and again and again to anyone who purchases a 2003 Ford Explorer! if I and I'm sure anyone else would've known this fact, I'm positive; Ford would have not sold as many models. Can we say bamboozled and taken for my money by Ford motor company! please help us customers out and demand a recall on these poorly built components they mass produced and stuck inside a widely marketed and sold vehicle. How would you feel if you and your infant child was driving and out of nowhere. . . Boom. . . Another $2,000 you do not have for another poorly built Ford transmission smh. . . ## VIN failed ## 1fmzu73e42za12044 ##.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 2
Failure Date: 12/11/2014

O/d light keeps flashing, will not switch into second gear until you let off the throttle. Gets as high as 38,000- 40,000 rpm.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 3
Failure Date: 12/09/2014

I got in it after 15 minutes of it warming up, pulled out of the drive and the rpm went to 3000rpm before it shifted in second gear. Then the o/d light started flashing on and off, next the check transmission indicator light came on. Went home and called a mechanic, took it to him and then bad news. It has worked perfectly up to this point.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 4
Failure Date: 06/07/2014

I purchased this to use as a second vehicle for camping trips so the mileage on it is very low for its age. Suddenly one day of normal local driving, the o/d light started flashing and the vehicle started to run very rough. It couldn't seem to accelerate and rpms were high. I had to drive home with emergency flashers on since the car felt like it was going to die any moment. Since o/d flashing means something with transmission, I took it to two different transmission repair shops who both diagnosed a bad transmission that would need to be replaced at about $3,500. I was shocked that I would need a new transmission with only 43000 miles on vehicle despite its age. Both shops informed me that the 2002 Ford Explorers are notorious for bad transmissions. I called Ford motor company to request assistance with this repair. They would not help me in any way. The vehicle is not drivable and I am not in a financial position to take on such an expensive repair for a second vehicle. Right now it is sitting unused in my driveway while costing me to keep it insured. Can't believe this has happened to me since I thought I was buying a reputable product. Ford abandoned me when their product failed. I will never buy another Ford product again. The least Ford could have done was assume responsibility for their mistakes and not cheat the public. Other issues I am having is flaking peeling paint and a crack through the Ford emblem on the rear door panel.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 5
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

I got my Explorer not too long ago. It was running great then out of no where the o/d light keeps flashing and my transmission starts to slip. A lot of people are having this problem and I think Ford needs to step up and take care of this because I have kids and this is my only car and I am on a fixed income. If Ford does not want to fix these problems or recall them then never will I buy a Ford again.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 6
Failure Date: 04/10/2014

Explorer o/d light blinks and shifts rough from 1st to 2nd.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 7
Failure Date: 09/03/2013

Driving forward at 20 mph in a trailer park when overdrive light started flashing and transmission started shifting hard. Was told its a well known problem and thousands of 02 Explorers had this issue. Garage wants 3500. 00 to repair the transmission. I called Ford who had no answers for me and wont fix even though they know its a big issue with these. Thousands of complaints to date. Also clock spring just failed and horn stopped working and air airbag light is flashing.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 8
Failure Date: 12/12/2012

Three months ago the overdrive light began flashing on my dashboard. The automatic transmission made a loud noise when changing gears. Sometimes the rpm's will rev but the car will not increase in speed. The light will not turn off and the transmission continues to shift harshly.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 9
Failure Date: 05/02/2012

The o/d light flickers on and off and there appears to be no third gear, according to three mechanical transmission inspections. Researching websites indicates that this is a known prevalent problem for this vehicle. Need to know: 1. Was there a recall? 2. What, if anything, Ford is willing to do to fix or compensate for the considerable expense involved to repair this obvious defect.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 10
Failure Date: 03/27/2012

The transmission is having trouble shifting from 2nd to 3rd, engine light and o/d off lights are on. Local mechanic says that the intermediate band on the transmission is broken. This is a sealed unit with no way to service without a rebuild.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 11
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

The vehicle began to shift oddly from second to third. The overdrive off light began blinking. Shifting then began to be rough. I promptly took it to my mechanic who found it necessary to replace the transmission with a rebuilt unit. Second gear casing had failed.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 12
Failure Date: 01/12/2012

The transmission on my 2002 Ford Explorer XLT suddenly began to rev higher than normal. The overdrive light indicator on the dash began to flash and 2nd and 5th gear seemed to have stopped working.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 13
Failure Date: 12/21/2011

I am a single mother of 4 driving 55mph in heavy traffic on a 4 lane highway, with my children in the vehicle when the o/d light flashed a few times and then the transmission just stopped working, as though the vehicle was in neutral I coasted safely to a stop thank god. I took it to a Ford service center and they said it was caused by the servo boar????? never herd of this. It used to be a seperate line that could be replaced now it is built into the transmission and the whole transmission has to be replaced. Is what I was told to me by the certified Ford service man and that there was not a problem with the old style lines but he hears of this often with the newer transmissions. Was this changed just for profit by Ford motor company? because with this happening without warning someone could get into an accident and be seriously injured or killed depending on the situation. I am very upset that my family was put in this situation but we got lucky. If we were only lucky enough to have the money to fix it now, it is $2,400 for the new transmission and labor.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 14
Failure Date: 11/30/2011

O/d off light flashing and service engine light on constant. Transmission has a hard time shifting from first to second gear. It had approximately 140,000 miles when it first happened. I am not the original owner so I am unsure if this has happened before.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 15
Failure Date: 11/25/2011

The o/d light keeps flashing on and off. Also the transmission does no longer want to shift gears; and when it does it shifts very hard.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 16
Failure Date: 10/07/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the overdrive warning light illuminated as the vehicle began to loose power. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred three times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 17
Failure Date: 04/10/2011

Driving 2002 Ford Explorer when o/d light flashed and warning came on to check transmission. Will need a new transmission.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 18
Failure Date: 03/07/2011

Was driving down the highway at 55 mph at my overdrive light started flashing and my information screen showed "check transmission" when I got home, I looked up the problem on the internet and found that my transmission just went bad and will need to be replaced according to what hundreds of complaints say had to be done to fix the same problem.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 19
Failure Date: 01/24/2011

I was driving my Explorer yesterday and it was attempting to shift gears and instead sounded like an explosion or a tire getting busted. The o/d light came on and start flashing. It would reset itself everytime the car was restarted but immediately came back on. Later in the evening, the service engine soon light came on. I'm not one to wait and let something terrible happen to my vehicles so I took it to aamco after Ford told us they were too busy to run diagnostics on it. Aamco explained that it was either the transmission or the selenoid pack. Upon opening the pan underneath, they explained that if there were metal chunks it would be the transmission; if not, the selenoid pack. Sure enough, there were big metal chunks. Now, after having the car only two months, I'm having to come up with money to replace the transmission in a car that appeared to be in stellar condition. Upon doing some research today, apparently this is a common and well known issue in the Ford Explorer. Ford needs to step up their quality of equipment used in their vehicles. It is scary to know I could have been in traffic or somewhere else and the car die and leave me stranded or hurt.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 20
Failure Date: 01/02/2011

My 2002 Ford Explorer o/d light is blinking, as many other Ford Explorer owners I am afraid this is a seriuos transmission problem, I want Ford to be liabable to adress this problem of such a big magnitud.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 21
Failure Date: 12/21/2010

2002 Ford Explorer xls, driving o/d light came on and transmission started failing to shift correctly, needs complete transmission rebuild.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 22
Failure Date: 12/19/2010

This is the second time my o/d off light has started flashing and now the transmission has started shifting extremely hard. I have now been told that I need to have my transmission rebuilt. That is a $2800 job. This is after a year and half ago I had the same problem with this vehicle and had to have the transmission replaced. Which was a $2400 job. I don't see exactly how I could have gone through two transmissions in less than two years with the exact same problem.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 23
Failure Date: 12/16/2010

2002 Ford Explorer - eddie bauer edition. Transmission o/d light turned on when driving up a hill. . Read more...

car   Overdrive Light On problem 24
Failure Date: 11/17/2010

O/d light started flashing, suddenly my car stopped shifting correctly. The car was never driven hard and is an automatic. After taking it to a transmission shop and doing some research I found that my transmission needed replaced and that it was not covered under warranty and costs around 3000 dollars to replace.

car   Overdrive Light On problem 25
Failure Date: 11/13/2010

Got into my 2002 Ford Explorer today and my overdrive light was flashing and when I drove off, it revved up in the 300-400 rpm and shifted very hard. I have never driven offroad or very hard at all. Taking it to a mechanic Monday, but we have dealt with enough cars to know that the transmission is going to blow up soon.

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