2002 Ford Ranger problem with overdrive

Tiny
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  • 2002 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 98,000 MILES
With cold weather, I have problems shiftinginto overdrive. If put truck in neutral and turn off truck for one minute then it will go into overdrive. What would cause this problem. Took truck recently to transmission place and they counld not find any problems, showed "no code".
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Thursday, January 1st, 2009 AT 2:34 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

Just a couple of questions.....does your transmission control light for over drive work correctly?

It may be your Transmission control Switch TCS. I have attached info on that.

Transmission Control Switch (TCS)
The transmission control switch (TCS) is a momentary contact switch that allows the driver to cancel operation of 5th (overdrive) gear.
The TCS is located on the end of the selector lever.
When the driver initially presses the TCS a signal is sent to the powertrain control module (PCM) .
The PCM uses the shift solenoids to disengage/disable 5th gear operation and activate the coast clutch.
At the same time the PCM illuminates the transmission control indicator lamp (TCIL) , to notify the driver that 5th gear is canceled.
When the TCS is pressed again, 5th gear operation is enabled, the coast clutch is released and the TCIL is turned off.
Whenever the ignition is cycled (vehicle shut off then started again) the TCS is turned off and 5th gear will be enabled, even if the TCS had been on when the ignition was shut off.

As you see.....turning the key off and back on recycles it back to overdrive.........

You will need a breakout box test equipment to do many of the checks....which I am sure only the dealer has....but....we can check a couple of things.

Remove fuse number 2, 10 amp fuse in the Central Junction Box behind the left side of the dash. With a digital ohm meter check to see if the resistance is less than 5 ohms the fuse should be good. If not replace the fuse and then check to see if you still have the same problem. Since fuses are cheap you might consider just replacing it and then doing the ops check.

Remove the switch and there should be a violet/orange wire....this is your hot wire with key on and a tan/white wire. Measure the voltage with key on at the violet/orange wire and it should be 12 volts.....if not.....then the fuse is bad or the circuit is bad to the fuse.

If good, I would put your ohm meter across the switch and turn the switch on and off several times to see if it connects properly.....if not.....replace the switch.

You might ever try jumping the two wires together to see if it works okay then....if it does....again the switch is bad.

Let me know what you find.


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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 AT 12:42 AM
Tiny
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Thank you sooo much for responding to my question about the truck. I sent this question for my husband and I did not tell the problem exactly right, so I would appreciate the chance for you to look at this again. SORRY! JUST BEING A GIRL!
The problem: On cold mornings only, auto trans will not shift into o/d and o/d light will start flashing. Will not re-set until truck is stopped, shut off and re-start, the trans does fine. This only happens when leaving for work and drive one mile to highway, then drive up a slow, sloping hill, which levels out. If I accelerate fast enouh to shift into o/d before toping hill, truck shifts fine after that. If I do not accelerate fast enough the o/d light starts flashing, and then I have to pull off road, and re-start truck. Have taken truck rto trans shop, no codes set, they had no answer to problem.
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Thursday, January 29th, 2009 AT 6:51 PM
Tiny
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Thursday, January 29th, 2009 AT 7:42 PM
Tiny
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Do you happen to know if they checked in "freeze frame/failure records"? Sometimes if it doesnt set a code, it will leave an error message in there, but not in the regular code menu. If you are on a hill, the trans shouldnt shift into OD, depending on the amount of throttle you are using. This sounds like it may be a sticky solenoid, will it do all of this whether or not you are climbing a hill?
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Friday, January 30th, 2009 AT 10:00 AM

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