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The overdrive light blinks when the computer senses a transmission problem. (IE. Torque Converter failure) The reason it feels like it downshifts is due to the computer putting the transmission into a fail-safe mode to reduce further transmission damage.

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Q: What is the reason the overdrive light blinks and why does it feel like it down shifts when it goes on?
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