What did you do to your 2nd gen today??

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by chestypuller, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. dchawk81

    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    Them's just factory shavings. No big.

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  2. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Not sure how many miles this took. I have only had the car around 1000 miles

    Cleaning magnets wasn't too hard. Took lots of shop towels
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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Dude, he has sea urchins living in his oil pan.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    May be a new species. I'd call a biologist. May have them named after him!
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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Sorry, don't mean to make fun of the prospect of a failing transmission. But magnets can really exaggerate the appearance because they tend to neatly organize the shavings as a single layer to cover the entire surface area versus randomly layering them in one spot or another.

    In the hopefully unlikely event, think you'd be up for a manual swap ?
    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=site:feoa.net manual transmission swap

    There should be many good posts there on the subject.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    I would have to learn how to drive a manual
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    If you ask me, learning how to drive a manual is much much easier than doing a trans swap. Its one reason I have never tried to do such a swap.
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    I know. I am pretty sure that mine was worse when I first dropped my pan at around 165K miles!
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    New filter and fluid and it still hardly moves.


    I'm going to go with trans is bad.


    Let the part out begin. Not worth scraping since scrap is down.


    If we had inspections around here it would fail due to the rust
  9. Intuit

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    What about the line pressure reading/tests that ZZ suggested... or does that matter at this point? I know little of nothing about autotrans... except that I don't like them.
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    Never thought I'd read about something that Denisond3 would not do. :eek:
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Did you check the fluid level? I would still do the line pressure test. If your Escort is 1997 or older, there is an adjustment for line pressure as well via the cable. Is the linkage OK? Check that the cable for the transmission oil pressure is not loose and if fluid level is OK, arbitrarily adjust the pressure up (tighter) to see if that makes a difference.
    I still want to know how many miles are on this transmission. I've got around 239K mines on my 1995LX's original automatic transmission.
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  12. Gamer92

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    217k on car so same for trans


    Did not check pressure, don't have the necessary gauges to do so.

    Cable seemed to be in good shape.

    Fluid level is good
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Then tighten the cable! What do you have to lose?
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    This seemed to fix it. Fingers crossed that it stays like this
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Awesome!
    Pro Tip: Idle the car for 30seconds-1 minutes (depending on how cold it is; longer if it's colder) before engaging the transmission. This gives the transmission oil pressure time to get up to necessary pressures. If the transmission doesn't want to engage on a cold start on a cold day, try applying the TSB if you have not already:
    http://www.feoa.net/threads/atratb039-02-01-1991-a-t-g4a-el-4eat-low-pump-pressure.61690/
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  16. Intuit

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    FEOA rescues another 'scort from the junk heap. :thumbsup:
    Great job ZZ.
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    Well it left me stranded last night. I believe I may have a damaged input shaft seal or something cause it was pissing atf from the transmission engine joint
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    Sorry to hear it.
    I know one reason for a big leak from the bell housing, is because the seal between the torque converter and the transmission can get pushed out by the hydraulic pressure. This happens to other vehicles too. Assuming that is what it is....
    The fix requires pulling the engine or transmission to get at the seal. They make a seal retainer that gets held in place by the bolts holding the housing the seal is held by. But if I were going to the immense trouble to reach that spot, I would have done half of the effort it takes to rebuild the transmission itself. By buying the Transgo Shift Kit and following its instructions, you drill two holes (from the inside of the transmission case) into the recess behind the seal, that prevents the input seal from ever coming loose again.
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    I hate when that happens! If you can't do what Denisond3 suggests, at least check to see if the bolts that hold that together didn't come loose.
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    I don't think I can rebuild a transmission. I'm not going to scrap the car. I'm probably swap the trans.


    Here lately my local yard is getting lots of 2nd gens and a couple gt's
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