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What does it mean when the off light for the overdrive on the shift lever of a 1997 Ford E350 van blinks continuously on and off?

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2009-03-08 18:00:16
2009-03-08 18:00:16

It means that you have a fault in the transmission's electronic control system. A constantly blinking light means an active fault that is ongoing. You need to hook up a scanner to read the code, or disconnect and reconnect the battery to see if it will reset. but more then likely its a speed sensor plug vary common problem

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