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Drivetrain Drive and Overdrive can't find 1st Gear

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by Xternyl, May 24, 2020.

  1. Pizzaman5000

    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Oh yeah, don't try to take it out, it's a mess I hear. I'm just saying if it's saturated in oil on the wiring, clean the external stuff off. And it sounds more like vss now that Denison mentions it.

    The range switch and VSS are things we all dread removing.
    The range switch wiring is worth a look, not trying to remove it unless it's proven bad.

    I go overboard with pressure washing, so yeah.... I still maintain it's better than scrubbing shampoo into fabric ;)

    Edit: my big point about the range switch is that it (3 times on 2 escorts) disabled my reverse lights, and tried to stall in every gear. So you can throw it in reverse and see if the reverse lights work. Usually a dead giveaway.
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  2. Xternyl

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    Drove it today to get parts, same issue but now a burning smell and white smoke from the exaust. Idk it feels almost a lost cause...
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    The white smoke easily could have been condensation, which is normal
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    Im used to the condesation, it gets bad in the rain. But the new burning smell is what gets me.
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    I have notice a light cloud of smoke from the firewall side of the engine bay during my daily turn on, only happens at engine Rev. It seems there is multiple issue with the car and since money is tight now, I may just take it to a shop and call it that. I don't have all the tools to fix nor do I have the type of friend whom help.
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    I would be checking for an exhaust leak.
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    Oh God, is it smoke or is it steam?
  8. Xternyl

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    Light smoke, only when revd. Like if you wasn't paying attention or the hood was closed you probably wouldn't notice it
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    I would just drive it as is until it causes a real problem, the cause becomes appearant, or you have emissions testing.
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  10. Xternyl

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    No emissions in Texas. But I'll let it sit until I can fund it to be fixed.
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    I been driving it daily, only short distances a d not over 40mph no real major issues occasionally a large puff of smoke on deaccel if driven for over a couple of hours and a bit more stalling at long stops. Since I was laid off, I can't fund repairs so I guess I'll drive till it breaks.
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    A common reason for a puff of blue after deceleration is that the oil seals on the valve stems are dried out. The blue smoke doesnt hurt anything.
    To help with stalling at long stops, try cleaning out the much inside the throttle body with a rag with solvent on it. The oil mist joins with the dust getting past the inlet filter, and builds up. When it forms a lip inside the throttle plate, it can cause a lean condition. This also wont hurt anything.

    Sorry you got laid off.
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    The smoke isn't blue, it is white. And thanks. Even still, I'll take your advices

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