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Old 05-01-2021, 08:31 PM   #1
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2000 F53 OD off light

I've got a 2000 Gulfstream that has the 4 spd auto and there is no light on the end of the shift lever to tell me if the tranny is in OD or not. Is there a way to replace the bulb or do I have to take it to a Ford dealer ?


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I'm not sure, but I believe the OD light should be on the dash, not the shift lever?
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I'm not sure, but I believe the OD light should be on the dash, not the shift lever?
Not the 4 speed. Its in the handle.
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the cap on the end pops off and you can get to the button and probably the light. I had one that just kind of wore out and fell off all the time and I finally glued it in place.
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Thanks, I'll check that out tomorrow. It sucks not knowing if it's on or not.


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If this looks like it, it may work for you.Click image for larger version

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If this looks like it, it may work for you.Attachment 326947
yup - that looks pretty familiar
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I got a new switch in today and started it up and put it in drive but it doesn't light up. Just wondering if it has to be driven up to speed to get the ecm to signal it to shift and light up ?


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OD light

There are some pretty small wires in the stalk that can break , check here

https://www.1999southwind.com/f53-re...n-shift-lever/
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I got a new switch in today and started it up and put it in drive but it doesn't light up. Just wondering if it has to be driven up to speed to get the ecm to signal it to shift and light up ?


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No. The light should work anytime the key is on.

You have broken wires where they enter the shift handle inside the steering column. Remove the plastic cover from the column and you can see the wires. Often they break inside the insulation so that you can't see where it is broken.

Either repair the wires or replace the shift handle.
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If the wires are broken why would the button still shift it on and off ?


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If there are 3 wires on the switch, one is ground, one is switch and one is the light.
Because its a momentary switch, sending a signal to a relay. That relay will send voltage back to the light.
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That makes sense. Looks like I'll be taking that apart next. Thanks.


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