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Drivetrain Broken vss

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  1. garyd

    garyd FEOA Member

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    In my 93. 5 speed 1.9l. P.o.broke it. Did not know about it. Decided to check oil level .
    So now I've got to drill and hammer slide it out
    Oh and the alternator took a dump as well
    Unless someone has a better idea gen the slide hammer
    The has is broken darn near flush with trans. It's spun some but is now not spinni g
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  2. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I know we have had members who had to depend on drilling a hole down into the middle of the VSS, tapping some coarse threads into the hole, and running a bolt down in, for the slide hammer to pull out. I would start by buying a replacement VSS, so you can examine it before doing the drilling.
    I have a 94LX 5-speed Escort, and had to extract the VSS; but I had taken out the engine/transmission still bolted together; so while it took a while, it was worth it. I found the trans had only about half a pint of fluid in it. There was no internal damage, aside from having to tap the syhchro ring for 5th gear off of the taper on the gear for 5th.

    If you are able to rotate the outer body of the VSS at all, sou should also be able to pull up on it as you wigle it - and have it come out. If its not rotating it at all, then the drill-it-out and put in a bolt and use the slide hammer is probably your only method.

    Dont take any of the bolts out of the case that are on the front underside of the trans; they hold internal parts in position. They are not 'fill holes'.
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    I got it. I pulled heaterhoses fuel lines battery tray and a few other things out of the way. I then used a wood wedge( for splitting wood) and a hammer. I pb plastered it for 2 days prior.I also poured gas on it to clean it . a few good packs and out it came.ill sand the hole and a new sensor. Ill use anti sieze on it and slide it in. I'm glad I checked it as it was low on trans fluid
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad to hear of your success story. I check my trans fluid annually in each of my two 5-speeds, and each time I clean up the corrosion muck, and apply a new smearing clean anti-seize fluid to the VSS.

    Each time I check the fluid level, think about how many otherwise good Escorts were scrapped because the owners didnt face the expense of paying someone to extract the VSS.
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    It's easier if you have the intake manifold off. A couple years ago that was my case, and after reading of the misery of getting the VSS out, I pre-emptively took mine out and greased it up well.

    I managed to do this without wrecking it.
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