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Transmission light blinking when putting strain on it but when I turn off the engine and then put it back on the light is not blinking anymore. But then after traveling 1/2 hour the light is back blinking.the car has 53000 miles

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Check the transmission fluid level and check condition of fluid to see if it is red and fresh. May want to have fluid flushed and refilled if brown in color.--- Have car scanned for codes for transmission to try to get ideas on how to fix the problem. I wish you luck on this repair. On-Board Warning Systems Turn on the ignition switch in almost any vehicle and watch the instrument panel. The modern automobile has an abundance of warning lights that provide valuable information. The list could include:

  • Brake system warning
  • Windshield washer fluid level
  • Coolant level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Door ajar
  • Headlamp door position
  • EGR or Check Engine
  • High beam indicator
  • Seatbelt light
  • Cold engine warning
  • Turn signals
  • Charging system
  • Transmission temperature
  • ABS or Anti-lock Brake System
  • SRS or Supplemental Restraint System
  • Brake lining wear indicator light. The high price of fuel created a demand for yet another light--the fuel economy warning system. When the light comes on, it tells the driver he or she is pushing too hard on the gas pedal. High manifold vacuum equals good gas mileage and vice versa. The system simply reads manifold vacuum from a sensor, and when it drops to a predetermined level, a circuit is completed and the light is lit. This has become in many models what is known as the up-shift light. An arrow on the dash indicates the time to shift into the next gear to obtain optimum fuel economy. If a warning light comes on, you must find out why. It means there is a problem either in the system being monitored or in the warning lamp circuit. Finding the actual fault is important and not very difficult. However, a wiring diagram may be needed to prevent confusion. Looking at the typical warning light circuit, you'll see that the bulb is most often supplied with current through the ignition switch. Further examination reveals the most common way of completing the circuit and getting the bulb to light is by means of a sensor, which completes the ground connection. In this case, sensor is a fancy word for a switch that turns on or off according to specific conditions. Consider a typical oil pressure warning light system. Current from the ignition switch flows through the warning lamp and from there to ground through the oil pressure switch. This particular switch is normally closed and the circuit is complete until the switch opens in response to oil pressure in the engine. Just the opposite is true with the coolant temperature sensor. It is normally open and only completes the circuit when an internal element expands (in response to heat) to close the contacts. If the vehicle has a cold engine warning lamp, the sensor includes two sets of contacts. One set is normally closed and opens as the internal element expands. This action breaks the ground circuit to the warning lamp. The other set of contacts functions if the temperature rises far enough to close them, turning on the high temperature warning. If either of the temperature lights is lit while the engine seems normal, just unplugging the wires from the sensor will provide valuable diagnostic information. If the lights remain lit, there's a short to ground in the wiring from the lamp to the sensor. The service needed isn't to the cooling system, but to the warning system. If the lights go out with the wires unplugged and the engine seems normal, it's entirely possible that the sensor has failed and needs to be replaced. Nevertheless, don't just unplug the wires and forget about them. This could be disastrous for the vehicle owner should a cooling problem develop without warning. Fig. 1: Typical coolant temperature sending unit location transmission light blinking when putting - 84926079.gif
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  • Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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      Duane Wong Jul 12, 2010

      Perhaps I was too verbose.

      1. Check the transmission fluid

      2. Have car scanned for transmission problems that can be fixed economically.


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    This is going to be a problem in the transmission itself. You'll need to have it checked at a transmission shop.

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