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92 Ford Escort - emergency brake stuck on and high rev in cold weather

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by 5 Bet My Life Away, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    The only reason to have the engine running when you add fluid, is to let you re-check the fluid level a little bit more quickly. It shouldnt matter otherwise. The check should be with the engine idling, in Park. The reason for these conditions is because the level will be a good bit higher when the fluid pump isnt working and pumping fluid up into the valve body and spinning parts like the torque converter. And once the engine is shut off and the transmission is motionless, the level of fluid on the dipstick will slowly rise as time goes by, due to drainage from the valve body and torque converter.
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    Good to know, thanks
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    Those kinds of prices vary a good bit; depending on your location; i.e. in metroplitan areas the rate for mechanical work will be higher. The same thing with rebuilt transmissions. Being ready to buy a rebuilt ahead of time means you can take advantage of a trans that the wholesaler or rebuilder just wants out of his storage space. And of course, getting one from a JY means you are buying what might be a mystery. Even though they guarantee one, it wont help with the substantial expense of replacing one. Cheapest is not always best.**
    But that is why I much prefer to rebuild my own.
    Same thing with the 5-speed trans. I have had tboth of my 5-speeds opened up, and was glad I did it. They have a magnet in the bottom to collect the bits of the reverse idler gear that get inevitably get ground off. But you have to have the transmission out of the car and partially dismantled to be able to remove the fragments of gear teeth.

    **For unscrupulous repair places, even if they give you a low quote, once they have the transmission out or even halfway out - if they raise the price, you are kind of stuck with it.

    I knew a repair facility owner in Fairfax County VA, who always quoted very high for mechanical repairs, and he only worked on British Leyland products; Austin Healeys, MG's etc & Jaguars. Nothing else. He had such a solid reputation for quality that he had a waiting list!! You couldnt just drop your car off. You had to make an appointment and they would tell you when to bring your car in.
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    I live in Fairfax County, VA in the Burke/Springfield area. I'm getting my friend to pick me up and getting the trans fluid and putting some in, but not overfilling, but seeing if it makes any difference and then gonna drop it off at a nearby shop and get everything flushed and replaced etc...If this doesn't work i'm assuming I need a new transmission and might have to sell all together. This is plan.
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    So I had mentioned I had checked the trans fluid last night and it was visible and blackish/burnt smelling. I checked today with engine on and warmed up and trans level was almost non-existent/basically bone dry. Tomorrow I will get the fluid and add it but I guess after I will do a complete trans flush and oil change. I feel like an idiot if this is all it is, but at this point I don't care because I will extremely thankful if it is. Find it strange that last time I got a full service oil change they were instructed to check all fluids etc and I guess they didn't do the trans fluid, so that's disappointing.
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    If you went into a waiting room or otherwise left your car during a quote-unquote full service oil change, then you probably didn't get anything changed. It's unfortunate but they rip people off just like that. I always stay in or with my vehicle when I'm getting the oil change so I can watch them do the work. Otherwise I'll do it at home.

    Tapatalk
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    How did that work out?

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