# 1995 ford explorer xlt 4.0 transmission problems

I changed the transmission fluid on my 1995 ford explorer xlt. I than drove it around the block and the overdrive off light started to blink and the transmission was struggling to change gears. I couldn't get the overdrive off light to shut off. What is my problem?

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 CaptainRich Posts: 4,466, Reputation: 533 Cars & Trucks Expert #2 Jun 12, 2008, 03:14 AM
That light flashing means the transmission control module has detected a fault.
Make certain that the fluid level in your trans is correct and have the codes read and diagnosed. It may simply be coincidental that something failed when you restarted your truck after changing the fluid.
 luisf Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #3 Sep 13, 2009, 08:24 PM
I'm having problems with my transmission it only moves in reverse...
No other gear allows it to move... should I look for a specific problem in it or will I have to replace the entire transmissino?
 builtontherock Posts: 58, Reputation: 1 Junior Member #4 Sep 15, 2009, 10:18 AM
Originally Posted by CaptainRich
That light flashing means the transmission control module has detected a fault.
Make certain that the fluid level in your trans is correct and have the codes read and diagnosed. It may simply be coincidental that something failed when you restarted your truck after changing the fluid.
Allso make sure u put the right filter one is flat the other has a little nipple coming down out the center,not sucking enough fluid and slipping it will set a code
 TNRocker86 Posts: 2, Reputation: 2 New Member #5 Dec 15, 2009, 07:35 AM
Originally Posted by luisf
im having problems with my transmission it only moves in reverse...
no other gear allows it to move... should i look for a specific problem in it or will i have to replace the entire transmissino??
Ok this should help you out I'm hoping. I just recently bought a 95 Ford Explorer 4x4 with the same problem. Mine would go in reverse fine but no matter what gear I put it in, it would not move ANY in a drive gear. Now what I did to solve this was I pulled the transmission myself and rebuilt it. More then likely what it will be is when you take apart the transmission if you check your forward drive clutches and steels they more then likely are going to be burnt up. Check the fluid for brown tint and a burnt odow. Have the forward drive clutches and steels replace as well as the fluid and fiilter. The steels and clutches for that should total about $28 dollars. Just go to Dacco.com or if they have Dacco around you just order the overhaul kit, filter, and steels and clutches. The total will be about$110 then rebuild it and put it back in yourself. It's a farely easy transmission and it beats paying a couple grand at least for a transmission shop to rebuild it. Hope this helps in advance and if you have anymore questions please feel free to ask me at tnrocker86@yahoo.com. One more thing. Check to see if the shifter linkage is adjusted right first then check the fluid and if it's brownish and smells like a burnt odor, then yes your clutches and steels are burnt up.
 TNRocker86 Posts: 2, Reputation: 2 New Member #6 Dec 15, 2009, 07:39 AM
I changed the transmission fluid on my 1995 ford explorer xlt. I than drove it around the block and the overdrive off light started to blink and the transmission was struggling to change gears. I couldn't get the overdrive off light to shut off. What is my problem?
Yes when your o.d light is blinking your transmission is in "limp" mode. If you check your filter and it's on right and you have proper fluid level but the light still flashes. Unhook your battery for about 5 minutes and let the codes reset and then hook up the battery and try it and see if that fixes the problem I had to do that a couple of times when I rebuilt my transmission also.
 HillLepley Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #7 Dec 30, 2010, 01:09 PM
My 95 explorer will only go forward. I can't put it in park, neutral, or reverse. Wats wrong?? The cable is not broke.
 TxGreaseMonkey Posts: 16,710, Reputation: 5595 Uber Member #8 Dec 30, 2010, 03:23 PM

Shift lock system out of alignment (bad Transmission Range Sensor)? Beyound fuses and TRS, the clutch packs may be shot.
 jstagles Posts: 2, Reputation: 1 New Member #9 May 11, 2012, 02:19 PM
I have a 95 ford explorer and it will not go into drive all other gears works. How do I fix this?
 jstagles Posts: 2, Reputation: 1 New Member #10 May 11, 2012, 02:20 PM
I have a 95 ford explorer and it will not go into drive, all other gears works. How do I fix this?
 bigdave101 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #11 Oct 16, 2012, 03:57 AM
I have a 95 explorer ,I drove over a very rocky road and my o/d light came on and now it just keeps blinking, How can I fix this. Thanks Dave
 TxGreaseMonkey Posts: 16,710, Reputation: 5595 Uber Member #12 Oct 16, 2012, 06:25 AM

Bigdave101, check for codes, before doing anything else.
 wormlou1 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #13 May 29, 2013, 09:21 AM
1995 ford explorer xlt automatic 2wd doesn't shift and my transmission wiring harness is missing the O/D sensor been looking for one with 7 plugs and can't find one anywhere but could that be the problem ?
 TxGreaseMonkey Posts: 16,710, Reputation: 5595 Uber Member #14 May 29, 2013, 12:42 PM

Yes, wormlou1, you need to make sure the Transmission Range Sensor (TRS) is good. Besides being the neutral safety switch, it tells the computer what gear you are in. This is an 8-Pin connector and likely what you are referring to. AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts should carry the correct "Neutral Safety Switch" for your Explorer.

How-to Remove and Install a Transmission Range Sensor (TRS)

The Neutral Safety Switch is part of the TRS.

REMOVAL:

1. Place gear selector in Neutral.
2. Disconnect negative battery cable.
3. Remove air cleaner and air cleaner outlet tube.
4. Disconnect electrical connector to the Transmission Range Sensor (TRS).
5. Remove retaining nut (13mm) and control lever from transaxle. Use a large adjustable wrench or suitable wedge, to prevent the control lever (i.e. shaft coming out of the transaxle) from rotating.
6. Remove both TRS mounting bolts (8mm).
7. Remove TRS.

INSTALLATION:

1. Clean and lubricate the shaft coming out of the transaxle.
2. Align the Neutral alignment marks on TRS, using a pair of needle nose pliers. This accomplishes the same thing that the Alignment Tool T92P-70010-AH does; i.e. lining up the two slots on the TRS wheel with the “V” index mark on the edge of the TRS.
3. Install the TRS, ensuring it is fully seated on the shaft, and loosely install both mounting bolts.
4. Verify alignment.
3. Tighten TRS mounting bolts 9-12 Nm (80-106 inch-lbs.) and remove tool, if used.
4. Connect electrical connector to TRS.
5. Install control lever--tighten retaining nut 11-16 Nm (98-141 inch-lbs.). Use a large adjustable wrench, to prevent the control lever from rotating.
6. Install air cleaner outlet tube and air cleaner.
7. Connect negative battery cable.
8. Check for proper operation with parking brake control engaged. The engine should start only in Park or Neutral.
 Edward53 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #15 Jul 25, 2013, 02:47 PM
I have a 95 ford explorer and it will not go into drive only frist gears works. How do I fix this?
 TxGreaseMonkey Posts: 16,710, Reputation: 5595 Uber Member #16 Jul 25, 2013, 04:50 PM
First, Edward53, check for codes. Second, focus on the Transmission Range Sensor. Reference my write-up above--high wear item.
 kimbaroo Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #17 Aug 16, 2013, 07:29 PM
I have a 95 Explorer. I was driving on the highway the trans was shifting and working fine. I got off the highway and stopped at a traffic light and it wouldn't move forward,reverse nothing. Any idea what happened
 pistol888 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #18 Oct 8, 2013, 11:55 PM
95 explorer, reverse is going out, the rest wirks fine, what is wrong and how can it be fixed

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