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82 escort transmission

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by Michelle kohlhorst, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. Michelle kohlhorst

    Michelle kohlhorst New Member

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    Automatic transmission compatibility. Help please. I have an 82 wagon i bought and it won't shift out of 1st. It only has 36,000 mile on it and has sat for 20 years. Any ideas. I can get a 98 escort transaxle for it. Is it compatible. Thanks for any advice. Michelle
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    marclar Administrator Staff Member

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    totally different. will not work in any way. 82 is hydraulic, 98 is hyd/electronic and needs a pcm to drive it... also its psychically different.

    if it sat for 20 years its safe to assume the valve body is rusty.... what does the fluid look like?
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    Michelle kohlhorst New Member

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    I don't know. The man I bought it from said it was just stuck in first so he replaced the trans fluid to see if it would unstick. Didn't work. It's a nice condition car. Hardly any rust at all. Sat in a carport from the lady that bought it new. Only has 36,000 miles.
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    I agree it could be something stuck in the valve body. Mine are all 2nd gen Escorts, with the F4EAT hydraulic/electronic transmission. I dont know if the valve body can be unbolted and removed from the 82 transmission, or whether access to the valve body is more difficult. With the 2nd gen Escorts, the valve body can be removed, but its not the simplest or easiest job.
    With most mechanics, they know there isnt much you can do to an automatic transmission to fix it when its in the car; so the normal 'transmission repair shop" takes the old transmission out, and swaps in a rebuilt one they buy from a rebuilder.

    I expect you may also have some other issues from the car having sat so long. There are things that go bad on a car just from sitting - even if it stays indoors. One might be the fuel system being clogged with stale gasoline, and a carburetor that needs to be rebuilt or just thoroughly cleaned. The brake system might need work, since brake fluid likes to absorb moisture, which results in rust in the wheel cylinders, and calipers, and the master cylinder.
    I myself would never care to drive a car with tires that old. I usually throw tires away once they are most than 8-10 years old. All tires have a date code stamped on them, on one of the sidewalls. Its called the DOT date code. A three digit date code means the tire was made prior to the year 2000. After that they had 4 digit date codes. And the spare may well be ruined fro old age.
    I hope you will undertake to bring the car to operating condition.

    I helped a nephew fix up the S10 pickup truck of his late grandfather. The truck looked great, its tires had plenty of tread; but they were all original to the truck, and were 20 years old. We replaced all of them, including the spare 'donut', which was also 20 years old.
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    honestly, i think your best bet is going to have a trans shop look at it.
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    Check Governor. Its under the round cover on rear top of trans. Plastic gear strips. I have a large supply of atx trans parts and cores
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