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Overdrive Light On Problems of Ford Windstar

Ford Windstar owners have reported 33 problems related to overdrive light on (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Windstar based on all problems reported for the Windstar.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2003 Ford Windstar 1
Failure Date: 10/22/2014

I was on a 65 mph highway and had to stop for a stoplight. When the light turned green, I put my foot on the gas and nothing happened. I put in 2 then 1 and then reverse and nothing happened. I had put my hazard lights on as I was afraid of being at a green light and getting rear ended with the other car going at least 65 mph. I proceeded to shut the van off, turn it back on and put it in drive and it jerked forward, but I could tell the transmission was slipping and the o/d light started flashing on and off and the check transmission light came on. I had to continue to shut the vehicle off and turn it back on to get it to a safe place where I finally had to be towed home. I had my 14 year old daughter with me and had we been hit from behind, we both could have died.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Windstar 2
Failure Date: 04/26/2013

Abs light start flashing, lose cruise control, then over drive started flashing on the van, cut off o/d light still flashing.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 3
Failure Date: 08/20/2012

I have 2 problems with the brakes, problem 1 the master cylinder is leaking, causing the brake light to come on. Problem 2 the abs light will come on when driving, it turns itself on and off. Power train, the o/d light will flash when starting up, will turn off after a couple of minutes.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Windstar 4
Failure Date: 06/19/2011

Abs brake lights on, after research, its a common problem with faulty abs modules. Subframe is rotting out with the mounting points of the subframe peeling away. O/d light coming on intermittently, after research, common problem points back to a bad vehicle speed sensor. Mileage does not seem to be a factor. Faulty hard lines for rear heating. Multiple cracks in lines cause radiator fluid loss. Very very common problem, looked at 10-15 Windstars in pull-a-parts lot, all with faulty hard lines.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 5
Failure Date: 09/26/2010

My 2000 Ford Windstar just died as I was pulling into the driveway today 9/26/2010. The car wont move forward in drive, but goes backwards in reverse. For the last few years its been jerking and racing and I called Ford and told them about it. They said the jerking when you shift is normal. I took the vehicle to the dale jarret Ford in charlotte nc to service another recall and I mentioned about the jerking when you shift and the needles flipping out. He said that his wife's car had similar issues and it was the alternator. The salesman shifted the gear up and down and said it was definetely the alternator and it would cost $350 to fix. I took it to another place that said the alternator was fine, it was the cluster that made the needles flip out. Nice goin' Ford guy!! the overdrive light had been flickering since Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon, the transmission looks like it is fried. Please let me know if there is a recall or any other options. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Windstar 6
Failure Date: 09/20/2010

Overdrive light and shifting problems.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 7
Failure Date: 08/30/2010

2000 Ford Windstar returning from trip to virginia from baltimore; o/d light starts flashing and then fluid and smoke pour from under car at 55 mph, found mechanic right off freeway exit, mechanic finds that transmission self-destructed. Replacement with good warranty is $3500. Looked online and there are many, many same situations but no recall from Ford. This could have been very dangerous on the washington beltway.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 8
Failure Date: 08/02/2010

At 82,000 miles car was running bumpy and o/d off light was flashing. I took it to Ford and they told me that the transmission is nearly broken and should be replaced for $3300. I got it rebuilt at aamco for $2300.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 9
Failure Date: 03/15/2010

2000 Ford Windstar se van. Transmission problems. At 35,500 miles the original transmission failed and Ford replaced it. Overdrive light blinks and additional repairs have been needed. I have been on several websites regarding Ford transmissions (2000 - 2005) year models of vans, SUV, and light trucks. The blinking od light is a recurring theme (hundreds of complaints) and requires expensive repairs. Ford has to be aware of this transmission defect, but has not nothing!!!.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2003 Ford Windstar 10
Failure Date: 12/26/2008

We had to replace the transmission in our 2003 Ford Windstar in late 2006 to early 2007 and now we need to replace it again. The 2nd time the o/d light started flashing and within and hour to an hour and a half the car needed towed back to our house where it is sitting now. Another problem we have always had is an electrical problem. The overhead light comes on whenever it wants to and we lose the electric in the back passenger door whenever it wants to go. And recently the lock on that same door will continually lock over and over for about 10 times and then locks.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 11
Failure Date: 08/23/2008

The contact owns a 1999 Ford Windstar. The overdrive light illuminated at random in the vehicle. The contact would have to restart the vehicle in order for the light to dim. Once the vehicle was restarted, the light would remain off for 4-5 miles before illuminating again. The contact noticed that the rear hatch was open, so he exited the vehicle to shut the hatch. Once he got back in the vehicle, he placed the gear into drive, but the vehicle did not move. The vehicle made a loud clunking noise that never occurred in the past. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and a mechanic rebuilt the transmission. The mechanic stated that the sun gear wells in the transmission became detached, which caused the transmission to fail. The vehicle is currently being repaired. The contact believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect. The current and failure mileages were 144,000.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 12
Failure Date: 08/17/2008

Our van has 86000 miles on it. The o/d light started flashing and I took it to the Ford dealer to have it checked out. Three weeks later while my wife was driving the van, there was a loud noise and the van would not go in reverse, will ease forward in neutral and is jerky in drive.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 13
Failure Date: 08/01/2008

The problem I will be having very soon lots of others have already had. It is with the 2000 Ford Windstar. My o/d off light on dash is flashing. Upon research this is a huge problem. Ford will not recall it. It is a faulty transmission that they are using. I have only had my Windstar for about 2 months. It was running fine till the past week or two. My trans will go out. Lots of people keep replacing the trans just to have it go out again w/o warning for most. I drive on the highway almost everyday. I have 4 kids with me. If my trans goes out and I am on the highway. . . That could be fatal. Ford does not think it is a safety issue. How could that not be a safety issue? tons of complaints are being made about the trans they are using on their vehicles. Not just the Windstar either. Accidents could happen from this. Do people really have to get into accidents and die before it is considered a safety issue? why not prevent it from happening in the first place?.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Windstar 14
Failure Date: 11/15/2007

1. Continuing transmission/overdrive failures- flashing overdrive light. 2. Heater door control failure.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Windstar. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle jerked and the overdrive light blinked. The mechanic stated that the vehicle needed a rebuilt transmission. As of November 6, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 67,000 updated 01-14-08. Updated 12/12/07.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 16
Failure Date: 01/01/2007

I have a 1999 Ford Windstar xl. And the o/d light flashes on and off when I put my feet on the gas and it cause the van to shift in gear very hard. And when I get over 55 miles per hour it also does the same thing. It happens everyday. The van goes into gear very hard and it is hard for it to pick up speed when I take off. It stalls.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 17
Failure Date: 06/25/2006

Our 2000 Windstar has had continuous problems from 20,000 miles on. Recently at 60k miles, our transmission began to fail. We were under extended warranty. Each time we went to Ford service, we were told a seal was broken and repaired. Two months later, the same problem. Three months later the same problem and same diagnosis. At 70 k, the check transmission light came on and the o/d light began flashing. Although we demanded a new transmission, Ford service refused, telling us that a seal was once again broken. Within two days, the same problem causing a breakdown out of state. New service rep. Rolled his eyes when he saw what the prior service department did, but 4 days later, told us that a defective part was installed and that a new part would be put in. Of course, no new part was put in and on transit home, the check transmission light and o/d lights came on again. I would never ever ever ever buy a Ford again as a result of their lies and failure to fulfill warranty commitments.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 18
Failure Date: 10/14/2004

At approximately 79,000 miles, transmission failed catastrohically. I was stopped at a red light, and proceeded forward when the light changed. Almost immediately, I felt a violent forward jolt, then the vehicle would no longer go forward, though it would reverse. I had vehicle towed, and was informed the transmission needed replaced, costing $1800 (and that was with a discount for being frequent customers. ) also, the o/d light began flashing days after we bought the vehicle used in 2002. Dealer repaired free, but informed us that the wiring harness connected to the o/d switch rested on the engine, where normal vibrations caused it to wear through and fail. The technician called it a "design flaw. ".

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 19
Failure Date: 05/30/2004

While driving pulling alight utility trailer my overdrive off light came on. When I tried to disengage the overdrive nothing happened. I took this vehichle to the dealer of purchase, and I was told there was no serious problem. I read in my ourners manual that this flashing od off light indicated that the transmission needed imeadiate service. I then took the vehicle to a larger dealership and they told me that the transmission would not go in overdrive and that the transmission fluid was burned. They said I needed a new transmission and they offered to install a Ford rebulit for aproximatly $2400. The van had only 49900 miles. I told them I was not interested in purchasing anything from a companey who couldn't build a transmission that would not last more the 41000 miles. I contacted an independent transmission service who could install a rebuilt transmission at about the same cost and it would be garenteed for 75000miles. Ford would only gaurentee ther transmission for 36ooo. I told this dealership I would never do any more bussiness with Ford , and I would spread the word every where I could about their infearior products.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 20
Failure Date: 05/16/2004

Overdrive light will flash repeatedly after approximately driving 20-25 miles on the highway. When this happens, rpms increase and van attempts to lunge forward. Also, while putting van into gear loud clunking noise. Transmission was flushed completely, but problem persists. First occurance at 61,000 miles while driving family back from vacation. 2nd occurance at 63,000 miles and 3rd occurance at 63,800 miles.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 21
Failure Date: 05/01/2004

I really don't know where to begin. We purchased this vehicle used in 2000. The day after purchase it had to be returned to the dealer for electrical problems. The dealership fixed the problems. We noticed a hard shifting right away and inquired about it with the dealership. They said that it was because it had a large engine and we were just not used to it. We drove it for about 18 months when at 60,000 miles the o/d light began flasing. We took it to a Ford dealership and was told the transmission went out. We were lucky and had purchased an extended warranty which after many phone calls and complaints finally put in a new transmission. Now 2 years and 30,000 later we need another new transmission. The van starting lurching when stopped at a stoplight and then tried to stall. We has also noted a noise that sounds like the whole front end is about to fall out. We also have electrical problems where the light come on and never go off. The a/c-heat, comes on when you start the van and the blower is in the off position. The electric door locks, which are supposed to lock when the car is put in drive, finally lock about 50 miles down the road. After much research on the van and all the problems it has I can't believe that Ford will not do something. I guess the lives of the families with children that drives these vans mean nothing to them. I guess it will take the death of someone's children and a heafty lawsuit to finally get some action. My wife is now afraid to even get behind the wheel of our van since it has a tendency to have its failures in the middle of traffic ( guess we are glad it has a five star safety rating). We would get rid of it but have now found out that it has no value either.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1998 Ford Windstar 22
Failure Date: 02/22/2004

Last year transmission problems started again. I had the van in the garage again in December to replace the pump on the transmission after it blew apart and left me stranded when it wouldn't go into any gear. After 10 days the van would move again. Now again the transmission is slipping between 1st and 2nd. The van is famous for downshifting from overdrive into 1st or 2nd gear. The overdrive light is constantly flashing and not working.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2003 Ford Windstar 23
Failure Date: 10/15/2003

Purchased vehicle 10/17pm with 50 miles registered on odometer. Driving the car home from king's Ford, the engine light came on and the shifting was rough upon starting and stopping the car. The overdrive light was also flashing on and off. 10/18 am, the Windstar was taken back to king's Ford service where 2 diagnostic checks showed transmission trouble.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 24
Failure Date: 04/15/2003

We purchased the 1999 Windstar in Dec 1998. From the first weeks of ownership, we have complained about the transmission. Dealer changed transmission fluid and said nothing was wrong. Problems were as follows: loud clunks when shifting from park to reverse, while foot pressing firmly on brake pedal; transmission hesitates when down shifting going around corners; as a passenger I felt as if the whole car was lunging causing dizziness to motion sickness (did not occur while I was driving); hard shifts between first & second; rear window wiper failed; power steering pump replaced which caused the rack & pinion seals to fail, which resulted in a new rack installed; egr valve rubber boot kept popping off until I placed a small hose clamp to hold it in place; check engine light stays on every since 15,000 miles; o/d button never worked; o/d light flashed repeatedly minutes prior to the transmission going out. Now the Ford dealer said I needed a new upper plenum, egr valve, pfe, valve cover gasket, battery cable and this was found while checking the transmission problem. I told them to forget it! $3k is enough to spend on a five year old car! this is all I can think of at this point.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 25
Failure Date: 09/16/2002

Overdrive light began flashing on and off. Pulled over immediately and checked transmission fluid, which was slightly low. Drove 8 miles to automotive store, purchased fluid and refilled. Problem alleviated for two days, then overdrive light began flashing again. Disconnected battery to reset systems. Two weeks later overdrive light began flashing again. Noticed rpms were up to 3 at 69 mph. Took van to our mechanic, who told us the overdrive was failing. He then referred us to local Ford dealer, who confirmed the overdrive was failing and entire transmission would have to be replaced. Contacted Ford motor company who told us financial assistance would be up to the dealership that inspected the transmission. They offered no financial assistance. Price 1,800 for new transmission, not including labor. When driving home from the dealership, engine began stalling at low idle speeds. Engine dies during take off or acceleration at low speeds. Our mechanic inspected van and could find no engine failure problems. Suspects association with transmission failure. Van is high milage, but had 66,000 miles when we bought it in 2000. Has been well maintained and is only 3 years old. This seems to be a common problems with Ford Windstar transmissions. In reading some of the other owners' stories, I feel very lucky my transmission went out slowly and gave us warning. Does someone have to actually get killed because of these problems before anything is done to make Ford correct the problem? considering most minivans are used to transport families, it seems that immediate action would be taken to correct an obviously life-threatening problem. Dt.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Windstar 26
Failure Date: 06/27/2002

After starting vehicle abs light stayed on and overdrive light was flashing. Vehicle not taken to dealer yet.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Windstar 27
Failure Date: 01/26/2002

While driving 65mph vehicle lost power. Prior to loss of power overdrive light illuminated. Dealer has been notified. Please provide additional information.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 28
Failure Date: 12/28/2001

The overdrive off light started flashing on the 27th of Dec. 2001 and the vehicle was very hard shifting through the gears. On the 28th of Dec. 2001 my wife was taking it to the dealer when the transmission had a catastrophic failure on a 2 lane roads steep hill on a curve, the vehicles engine revved up to redline and the vehicle started rolling down the hill no gear would engage. Ford did pick up all but 495. 00 of the repair cost,but I still found it my obligation to inform other entities of this failure. The indian head Ford dealers service dept. Was very helpful and I have no problem with the service just the product.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 29
Failure Date: 03/01/2001

First indication of problem was "rattling" sound going downhill @ about 60 mph. Sounded like muffler came loose and was dragging on pavement, except the noise was coming from the front of the car. After investigating and finding nothing, proceeded to drive to destination (about 12 mi). Rattle continued off and on; overdrive off light on dash started blinking off and on though od was engaged. Drove to a Ford dealer (university Ford, peoria IL). They found "transmission full of debris" and replaced the transmission under the original warranty.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 30
Failure Date: 08/01/2000

Windshield cracked while driving slowly. After taking it to get a new one put in we found that it was never sealed/mounted on the bottom. Absolutly no adhesive contact what so ever. Also at 28755 miles the o/d light started blinking and the car clucked while making turns and the transmission was replaced under warrantty and now at 37000 miles it doing them same thing again.

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 31
Failure Date: 10/14/1999

Overdrive light flahsing - advised by Ford dealer to no longer drive. Eec tested found faulty valvebody. This was the third major incident with front brakes. At 26,107 miles the front brake system was completely rebuilt. At 38,831 miles the rotors wer.

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car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 32
Failure Date: 06/30/1998

Owner accelerated and the vehicle would not move ( vehicle was in drive) the overdrive light came on. Dealer inspected vehicle ( transmission was gone).

car image   Overdrive Light On problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 33
Failure Date: 12/16/1996

Overdrive light failed.