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Why is the overdrive light on my2003 ford explorer flashing and my speed slowed to 30mph? Is their an easy fix?

I cannot go over 30 mph.

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The OD light flashing means there is a transmission problem , could have a DTC- diagnostic trouble code pointing to the problem . You have a parts store near you ? There can check the codes for you , most likely .

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