I have a 2001 Ford Escape. Drives great.
But every now then when I slow down and
start to pick of speed sounds like being hit
in rear end. I was told maybe universal
joint. Help need answers. Also my cable to
gear shift broke. Gear shift only goes in
reverse park and neutral. Had take steering
column apart to change gears. The
overdrive constantly flashes. Also antilock
brake light is on. Feels like brake is
grabbing. Or not going to stop. Was told
ring was broke. Need advice on what going
Lets take one thing at a time. OD flashing means there is a transmission fault code stored. That is probably your issue with the sound and the hits in the rear end and not having any forward gears. So have the transmission diagnose and the shifter fixed. ABS light on and feeling like it is activating, is usually a rusted and broken tone ring is an issue or a wheel sensor. So what you were told was correct.
Agree with Tom, get it in somewhere for a transmission diagnostic. U-joint, lockup clutch, too many things to guess at.
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