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Overdrive is always on

I push the button switch on the lever but the light will not light up and the transmission stays in overdrive. I have checked the fuses and wiring which are ok.

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The prob is a fragile wiring harness at the base of your shifter handle, the wirings easily break from movement when shifting from park to drive. The wires can be respliced or the handle can be replaced

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

  • bigdog2131 Apr 16, 2011

    having the same problem. I push the button in and nothing. no light comes on. overdrive is working fine but no drive. in my f150 2002

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