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Hard shifting no overdrive no speedometer - 1997 Ford Contour

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  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    same prob here.. abs light on also

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    I have the same damn problem overdrive flashing no speedometer. Anyone have any luck?

  • Gene Dec 29, 2008

    My 99 Ford contour started having speedo probs suddenly while driving down the highway. It fluctuated a lot then suddenly went to zero....at the same time the RPM increased and there was no overdrive (but the OD light did not flash or come on). When driving at slower speeds the shifting is a lot harder than before.

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My speed sensor connected to the transmission was bad. I replaced it with one from the junkyard for $5, With the front end on ramps it wasn't too bad to get to.

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I have the same problem

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SOURCE: transmission shifts hard ,overdrive light flashes

I had a similar problem which turned out to be caused by a leaking vacuum line.

Good luck!
Brent

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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SOURCE: speedometer dosent work wont shift into overdrive

id say the vss sensor on tranny

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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Make sure the differential and auto box are not short of fluids. Many ABS systems take a sensor reading on the differential. If there is evidence that the pinion oil seal has been leaking (diff wet with oil and permanent oil drip at bottom) then it is very likely that the diff is in need of replenishment. The heavy shifts are probably unrelated and are due to low transmission fluid: should be able to refill via the gear fluid dip stick tube

Posted on May 09, 2010

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SOURCE: overdrive button on 1995 toyota camry does not

the o/d flashes when the transm have throuble, 1st. replace speed sensor on transm. case and drive to test

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SOURCE: 1995 f350 overdrive light blinking ,hard shifting,no speedometer

how to stop over drive light blinking and shifting hard

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