Need Help on Transmission 2005 automatic O/D off light flashing
Hey, I just bought a 2005 Ranger XLT standard cab long bed with 46K miles on it from a private owner, when I test drove it I questioned him on a mildly hard shift from second to third, he told me that it's been that way since he bought it and that he originally took it back to the dealer to question them about it, they told him that's how they shift. On my way to work later the same day and after driving the truck about 25 miles, the O/D off light started flashing and the hard shift started between 1 & 2 (much harder). all shifts after that are smooth, it goes into O/D and when I hit the O/D off button, it down shifts as it should. I checked the tranny fluid while running and at temp, it seemed to be what on an oil dip stick would be 1/2 to 3/4 qt. over full but good color and no burnt smell. My first question is, is it safe to drive for now? Second question, any suggestions on where to start? I'm a little tapped out on cash at the moment but my first thought is replace the filter and fluid. From what I can see on the internet, this seems to be a common problem.
2005 Ranger XLT standard cab long bed 2.3L DOHC I-4, Automatic Transmission. 46K Miles