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Ok iv been searching all over the internet for information on my problem and just now discovered there is a website dedicated to Escorts. AWESOME!

Anyway there is a lot to say about my issue so ill try to explain it as simple as possible.

this is a 1992 Escort LX Wagon 1.9L 5 Speed 108,000 miles and the engine runs very strong.

i got this car almost a year ago to use as a winter car and it has drivin fine for a while until one day i was driving it and i went to pull into my works parking lot and i noticed my car wouldnt come out of 1st gear.

i turned the car off and put it back in neutral and turned the car back on.
i pushed in the clutch and went to shift into 1st gear and it felt like i was hitting a wall, it just wouldnt go in no matter how hard i tried. same thing happens to 2nd gear as well but once i do get into 1st or 2nd or even sometimes reverse it dosnt want to come out of the gear.

another thing that happens is that when i come to a red light or a stop sign and put it into 1st it will get stuck but also while i have my foot on the clutch i have to keep my foot on the break because if i take my foot off the break with the clutch pushed in, the car will try to take off on its own.

i also notice that when its stuck in first gear the engine will start to idle very low or even sometimes stall out but i have noticed that when it wont go into 1st gear i have to double pump the clutch and then it will shift right in with no problems. once the car is moving i can shift into all gears very easily.

so my first reaction was ok bad clutch so i had a brand new clutch kit put in and it did shift better but the problem was still there.

so my friends and i decided to change the slave cylinder with a new one. yes my slave cylinder needed replaced but it didnt fix the problem.

also i have bled the brakes and clutch many times just to make sure nothing in the lines were messing it up since they both share the same master cylinder.

i also got a lot of free play in the stick and im thinking that might be part of the issue but to me this dosnt sound like a trany problem at least i dont want it to be a trany problem lol.

iv done what i could think of on this car and im not sure what else to look into.

if anyone has any info on what is causing my problem that would be awesome. i want to try and eliminate this problem before winter.
 

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well one thing that you could check is the shifter linkage the "slop" in your shifter is caused by worn out shifter bushings which is a realivly easy fix.
Ford carries them. or you can purchase a set from corksport
http://www.corksport.com/corksport-bronze-oil-shifter-bushings.html
there are four bushings that you can replace
-1 set of them are located on the transmission "T" shift rod

- 1 set is located above the exhaust heat shield on the bottom of the stick

now there is one set that is not serviceable unless you purchase a kit from corksport as well http://www.corksport.com/corksport-3rd-link-bushing-kit.html

one thing you might want to check is the "third-link" check wether or not if it is hitting the rear transmission mount i had the same problem with my transmission

How's your fluid level on your transmission?
if fixing your shifter doesn't solve the problem and your fluid was extremely low then your synchro's might be worn out

where ya located?
 

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im located in Vandalia OH just 10 min north of Dayton.

We already toped off the trany fluid when we replaced the clutch so it shouldnt be low but fixing the slop in the shifter and checking the link will be the next thing i do

thanks for the links ill try and get these bushings and see if it fixes anything.
 

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You can get replacement bushing from NAPA for much less. They aren't as good as the Corksport ones but they are factory.
http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=44425

Last thing to check is the clutch master cylinder and lines. The problem you are describing is consistent with the clutch not fully disengaging. The shifter bushings are a common problem on these cars but I don't think they are your only problem.
 

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i think im going to work on getting a new master cylinder put in next and get that out of the way. i dont think its a link problem at all.

iv noticed that when i use my break i lose pressure behind the clutch peddle so i have to pump the clutch after i use the break and ill go into gear smooth and easy.

thing is i can feel pressure behind my clutch but not a lot. it will go to the floor very easily but it has enough pressure behind it that i notice its gone when i use the break.

what should the clutch feel like in these things? my crossfire has a lot of pressure behind it but on the other hand i think thats an entirely different setup. my old neon and eclipse had a alot of pressure behind theirs as well thats why im asking.

sometimes this escort feels like it has no clutch. thats how soft it is.
 

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yea i would change that i thought that you already did. My bad!!! the linkage isn't causing this problem but replacing the bushings will help with the sloppy shifter.
good luck with that bro!
 

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the clutch pedal feel isn't too bad! not like holding a semi clutch but a little harder than a 86' pontiac lemans 1.3L clutch LOL!!
 

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lol. thanks for all the help. ill post what happens after i replace the master cylinder. this is only one problem of many i have to fix on this car.

i still have to replace the driver side seatbelt motor because its stuck in the center and i cant get it to go back at all.

then i got a small power steering leak im not to worried about.

the shocks on the back hatch are gone and thats about it.

then superglue the damn ford emblem back on the front lol.

i only paid $500 for the damn thing so its not to bad.

like i said ill post the results when i get it in.

thanks again.
 

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ill post what happens after i replace the master cylinder.
Remember, its the the clutch master cylinder. The Brake master cylinder doesn't have anything to do with the clutch except for shearing its fluid reservoir. Also, I have heard there is a rubber flex line in the clutch line that if it it isn't connected to its bracket can make the clutch feel spongy.
 

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Have you checked the bolts holding the master cylinder to the firewall? If applying the brakes affects the clutch, the bolts could be loose allowing the unit to move. This would give the same feeling as the clutch engaging. I have seen this on a couple of Escorts. Also have seen the firewall weakened causing the same symptoms.
 

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yea after looking at the master cylinder my friend and i noticed it was missing a bolt on the inside but the master cylinder looked really really bad so we just replaced it and it completely fixed my problem. my clutch feels a hell of a lot better now.

now with one problem out of the way i have to fix 2 more issues that i may need advice on.

1st issue is that when the car idles for a while it starts to idle up and down really rough almost like its choking. it sounds like its trying to stall but yet trying to keep itself running at the same time.

i replaced the mass flow air sensor and the idle air control valve and that didnt do anything so im thinking my next guess would be the TPS.

2nd issue is when i first bought this car it had a really bad problem heating up. last winter sucked! i couldnt drive my crossfire because its rear wheel so i had to rely on the Scort.

Well it would take about close to 45min to heat the car up but when i would start to drive it the temp gauge would slowly start to come down resulting in absolutely no heat.

I replaced the thermostat but it didnt do anything and finally i think i read it on here about a coolant bypass valve that would melt if the car overheated.

Im thinking the person who had it last overheated it, blew the head gasket, repaired it but didnt know about the bypass valve.

so i went and got a new thermostat housing and put it back on and now it heats up but the gauge only moves under the N on Normal. im getting a lot more heat then before but on a hot day the gauge will move to the center of Normal. so with winter coming close im hoping the same problem dosnt happen.

im going to try and get a complete coolant flush to see if that clears anything up.

if you guys think i should look into anything else please let me know.
 

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the clutch petal also has an adjustment on it to move the friction point closer or further from the floor ;) but if your master cylinder fixed it I wouldn't worry about it. I've got mine adjusted so it grabs about an inch off the floor and has about an inch of free play a the top, makes for a long lasting clutch that way :D
 
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