Overdrive light flashing

Tiny
MIKEYG79
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  • 2004 FORD EXPLORER
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 154,000 MILES
The overdrive light started flashing the other day. Had them check at Jiffy Lube but they said it was a sealed trans and had to go to the dealer. They did give me the computer code which said it was some kind of pressure solenoid B. I assume that is in the transmission. I have an appointment at the dealer tomorrow to diagnose it.

The manual says that when this light flashes have the transmission serviced, which does not seem so bad but over the phone the service guy sure made it sound likely to be huge.

The service guy on the phone started telling me how much it is for a new transmission--$4000. This is making me uneasy. Does replacing the solenoid usually take care of it or is it more likely that the transmission need replacement for this car?
I don't have the $$ for a new one.
Can you give me any insight?
Thanks
Mike Guay
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Monday, January 13th, 2014 AT 11:34 AM

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Tiny
KEN
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Yes the trouble code is what you should go after first. The solenoids go out all the time and are not that bad to change. You will need to jack the car up safely to do the repair. Here is a guide for that.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

Then you will need to drop the pan.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-service-an-automatic-transmission

Also check the connection at the transmission plug for corrosion. Here are some guides for the job. To refill the transmission you basically pump fluid in from the bottom and let the excess run out.

Please let us know what happens and upload pictures or videos of the problem.

Cheers, Ken
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