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Bolt in bolt out 93' LX 5 speed replacment

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by Paul A., Mar 8, 2020.

  1. Paul A.

    Paul A. FEOA Member

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    Hello,

    I have a 93 Wagon with a 1.9. I mentioned in an earlier post I saved the car and was using it as my daily. I lost 5th gear and have been through several different steps of trouble shooting. Thinking I missed something I took it to a transmission shop and they basically told me what I already knew, I was going to have to rebuild or replace the transmission. They are charging roughly a thousand dollars to take it out, rebuild it in-house, and put it back in. While that is a good price, I just cannot afford to do that. I can however you pull one for less than a hundred dollars and have managed to find a place a place to work on the car within the next couple months. I am curious what transmissions will just bolt in exactly the same the as the old came out. It is a 1993 Escort Wagon Lx with a 1.9 & 5 speed manual transmission. Also how do you guys tell a good junkyard transmission from a bad one? I have never had to pick one out before like that.


    Thanks,

    Paul
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Also how do you guys tell a good junkyard transmission from a bad one?

    You really can't. Except if the body in the car is good, it's reasonable to assume that it dropped a valve seat and therefore like that the transmission is probably good. If the car is wrecked, the transmission is probably good.

    What else can you go by if it otherwise passes a visual inspection and doesn't have too many miles?
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    The 5=speed transmission from any 91-96 Escort LX or Tracer would be exactly the same. The 5-speed transmission from an Escort GT would likely fit, but they are different inside.
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    Thanks for the info everyone. I hope to get this project going in the next couple months. I have to locate a good transmission now which I think it going to be harder than I though. Out of like 14 of them at the junkyard, only 1 is a standard. Just curious, what is different about the GT ones? Do they have different gear ratios? I also have read certain Mazda ones work too. Is that true? And if so, would you know which Mazdas those are? There are a quite a few of those around.


    Thanks,

    Paul
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    "Out of like 14 of them at the junkyard, only 1 is a standard."
    Don't you only need one?

    The GT cars use Mazda engines, would they have the correct bellhousing pattern to fit the CVH engine?
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    I dont know about bell housing bolt differences or cv axle differences. For sure the gear rations in the GT trans are slightly different from the LX one, as well as a different layout for the rotating parts. The internal parts are not interchangeable from GT to LX.
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    Thanks for the info. I think I found a suitable one at a different yard about an hour away. The car at the yard near me looked like it had been abused very bad before it went there. I certainly wouldn't have trusted it would work.

    Paul

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