Transmission Overdrive Inoperative, Upshift Arrow On All the Time on Volvo 240

The transmission overdrive relay often fails, preventing the transmission from shifting into overdrive. In some cases the Overdrive light may stay all the time or not come on at all. The relay is located behind the center console, just left of the glove box. Before replacing the relay it is crucial that the wire leading to the overdrive solenoid is inspected to ensure it isn't shorting out on the transmission case. Failure to check this may lead to a failure of a newly installed relay.

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Average mileage: 127,487 (19,000–250,000)
4 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
14 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
1992 Volvo 24026,700
Light stays on wll not shift into overdrive.
Won't shift into overdrive/sometimes will,sometimes won't.
1993 Volvo 240109,000
Red overdrive indicator on, will not shift into overdrive. Not resolved
upshift arrow on all the time
1991 Volvo 240131,022
no overdrive
overdrive isn't working have not fixed it yet. just got the car
1991 Volvo 240131,480
Recently I was driving on the freeway, like I normally do. And my rpms just shot up out of no where. This freaked me out because I was going about 75. And since this problem has occurred, I've noticed my rpms are about 500 revolutions higher than normal, which doesn't allow me to go past 60 on the freeway anymore. I feared it was transmission problems. I saw in the previous comments that often times the overdrive will be off, and that goes the same for my 91' beast. It just feels like my car is always forced now.
1993 Volvo 240199,694
1993 Station wagon's Rear window would fog up and the Up shift arrow remained on. These two components have a common fuse. The fuse was replaced, problem solved.
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