Drivetrain Transmission Axle issue

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  1. judithallen

    judithallen FEOA Member

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    Any advice on transmission issue connected to front axle ?
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    We wont be in a position to offer advice until we know more about the symptoms of a problem. Both the front axles can require replacement, and the transmissions can wear out. All of this is normal at some point, and is definitely repairable,; these cars being fairly easy to work on. But unless you have the time/location/tools/skills to do the work yourself, it would be pretty expensive to have somebody do it. (Most of the folks on this site are hobbyists, and do a lot of their own repairs.

    And for the most part, spending the amount of money to have it done by a mechanic, would not add very much to the value of the car; other than having a repaired car that you can use for a daily driver.
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  3. dchawk81

    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    Yep. Scrap It
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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Not the time DC lol.
    To the OP, we need more symptoms than that. We aren't experts, but we've seen pretty much everything. Is it clicking around turns, or not moving or what?

    On a sarcastic note, a new member a few months back was insistent that they needed a new steering column....
    We did warn them lol, hope it wasn't you :)

    But welcome to the forums! Your escort looks rust free, you're gonna be hard pressed to find a cheaper to run car for the money. Sounds like you need a honest mechanic. Escort parts are very easy to find. Getting a different car may be unwise. If your A/C works, I'd try to get the rest of the car working. In my escort, I'm confident that even if I'm out of state, I can find new or used parts for cheap.

    I'd find a mechanic who will tell you what you really need and what you can wait on. Selling the car first is a bad bad idea. The only "good" cars as cheap as an escort are going to be just as old. Only buy a different car if a mechanically inclined friend or neighbor owns one. Otherwise, FEOA is a very supportive and active forum, and you will probably save a lot of money by being active (and giving lots of symptoms) on the forum. For real though, this forum has better members and info than any car forum I've seen. Try googling a Honda or Toyota problem and you'll see what I mean.... They never get answers, just more newbies bumping unanswered questions.
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    But yeah I wouldn't give up on a rust free one just because the transaxle or flux capacitor is broken and/or missing.
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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    It's probably flux capacitor related tho
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    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    Or EGR.
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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Well duh, EGR is always causing drivability issues, even on non-egr cars.
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    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    Yah like, when is it not.
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    A problem with buying a used Honda, is that most of them have rubber timing belts, and "interference engines". With our Escorts, being non-intererence engines, if the timing belt breaks, you are at the side of the road - but with $100 worth of parts, and about $200-$300 worth of labor, the car is back in business for another 100,000 miles.
    When the Honda timing belts break, the price of the parts includes a replacement engine head, ($500 or more), various other parts, and more like $800 (or more) of labor.
    And prior owners seldom seem to know what you are asking about; "How long ago was the timing belt changed?"
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    Yeah don't ever buy a cheap Civic. It's probably precooked rice.

    Plastidip interior bits is a pretty good sign.

    Especially if the colors match a stripper's fishnets.

    Especially especially if the outside is primer and the front tires are drag slicks.
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