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O/D Light was blinking and wouldn't engage into drive right away. When it did engage it was moving VERY slow. Felt like starting in a higher gear. Any ideas.

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  • lemu63 May 31, 2010

    Do you think a code was issued for this?



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If the light was blinking, then there is an OBDII code stored in the ECU (car computer).

You can first try disconnecting battery ground cable for five minutes. This will reset the ECU. If possible do a code scanning before doing this operation. Disconnecting the battery you will also reset the error codes stored in the car module. Ensure that you have car stereo anti theft code if needed.

The first step in troubleshooting is reading fault codes.

If the problem is an auto transmission not shifting correctly, then common faults are TPS sensor, TCM (transmission control module), Transmission shif solenoid and more.

If the car is drivable, then a code scanning can be performed for free at the nearest Autozone.
When problem is transmission you often get a P0700 error, that would mean that more codes are stored in a different module (TCM). The TCM can be scanned at the dealer or at an autorized garage.

As mentioned, the TCM is the computer modulecontrolling the transaxle, see: I get code p0700 after an OBDII scan.
There are many possible reasons for automatic transmissionmalfunctions. Most common transmission malfunctions are discussed here:My car does not shift..

If you want to do the code scanning by yourself, you will need to use an OBDII tool like this one:Autel MaxiScan MS409 OBD-II/EOBD Scanner

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  • lemu63 May 31, 2010

    Thank you. This morning O/D light was fine and the car drove fine. Should I leave O/D off or on? Check engine light didn't come on at all. Think it may be just a sensor or electrical short?

  • Ginko
    Ginko May 31, 2010

    If the O/D light was on, then a transmission problem has occurred.

    The problem may had been occasional. There are many different conditions than a simple contact that can cause this (from a slipping transmission to a bad ground). The O/D module flashes when an automatic transmission fault has been detected by the ECU. If the problem happens again there may be codes stored in the ECU and probably in TCM even if check engine light does not come on.



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