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Drivetrain Full trans rebuild

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by DrunkinMist, Sep 1, 2016.

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    DrunkinMist FEOA Member

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    Anyone have a how to or guide on how to rebuild the trans for 2nd gen egt. Got one sitting in my garage that needs to be rebuilt. If there is a post already please point in right direction.
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    Exactly how many miles are on this transmission and why are you rebuilding it?
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    it has 250k on the trans and it just locked up one day and wouldn't shift. The motor that was connected is also in the garage awaiting some cash for a full rebuild so i can run the turbo properly. It has low but not out of spec compression. Better safe than sorry.

    To be honest i have never pulled a trans a part and have little to no clue what i am doing.

    I purchased another motor and trans combo but this trans really doesn't like 5th gear. Pretty sure the syncro is done on that gear. I commute just a few miles and just don't bother with 5th.

    Advise would be great on which way to go with this.
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    OK, so it's a manual transmission, correct?
    I've got 237K on my automatic.
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    I wish you had said it was a manual - since my posts were unneeded I deleted them.

    With 5-speed manual problems my first question is usually: How is the fluid level? If it is low enough on fluid (essentially empty) it can stop shifting.
    And the shifter mechanism can cause shifting hang up.

    I had a 5-speed that wouldnt go into 5th when the car was moving; low fluid was the reason. The brass symchro ring was seized onto the taper for the 5th gear. Had to remove trans and dismantle to free it up. Having the trans out also made it feasible to get the VSS so it could be removed by hand.
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    Ocramzeej FEOA Donator

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    Oh man, Denisond3; I wish you hadn't deleted those posts either. It was a future endeavor of mine to rebuild my spare 2g 5spd tranny x.x
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    I have repaired and overhauled several manual transmissions, but not in an Escort.
    The factory shop manual would be the best source of information.

    With manual transmissions, I take them apart and replace parts as necessary, rather than "rebuild" them per se.

    I have repaired two transmissions that had first gear seized onto the bushings. On one I replaced them with good used parts, the other I honed the gear bore on a connecting rod hone and made up a new bushing.

    Frequent worn parts needing replacing are the input bearing and the countershaft and its bearings. If the countershaft is still okay, then it can be rotated 180 degrees to allow the bearings to run on "new" surfaces.

    If the synchronizer teeth on the gears are damaged, it may be too expensive to repair the transmission due to cost of new gears, if they even are available.
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    Well stuff. The fluid level before i pull the trans out of the car was just fine.(currently sits on the garage floor) Yes, All 3 transmission that i have are manual. The current 2 in 2 different cars one has a bad 5th gear(project car) the other shifts just fine but is my DD. The other car is a project car that i need a full motor rebuild for turbo and trans to match. Can i pull the trans in the garage apart and splice in the project trans to repair it or do you think i should harvest the parts out of the garage trans to repair the project car trans. The one on the garage floor is the one that stopped shifting.
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    You have to take apart the transmission to see what it needs. If it needs bearings, and they aren't too expensive new, then it may be better to buy new than harvest them from another transmission.

    Maybe the shift linkage is out of sorts. maybe you have damaged synchronizer teeth or blocking rings.
    I can't tell from here.

    After fixing up one, if you decide that it's not too bad a job, then consider fixing up the other spare as well, so you have a spare ready for your turbo car.

    Do you have a factory shop manual?
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    I don't have a factory shop manual and would love to get my hands on one. I think the guy at the trans shop wasn't overly honest with me. He stated that there is a ton of springs in them and after my research online i didn't find anywhere in a manual at least that has springs. Of course there are retaining springs.
    I really also want to make 5th gear a better cruising gear at 70 since the freeway here is 70mph.

    I think i will leave the stock car alone and just keep that as the DD for now as i build up the turbo car.
    My plan is to get a motor and trans that have been rebuilt up to mostly new specs so i don't have to go tearing down the major parts once it is running. Want to say "like new motor and trans."
    The motor will have new rings and I think that the trans that i match with it should have new synro/blockers in it so i don't tear it up when playing with and pushing it a little. I am not building a 12sec racer but just like having some fun with it now and then since the majority of the time it will be a DD.

    In the turbo build car there is a running manual trans in it now that hates 5th gear unless shifted at around 40mph but, will still pop out of gear unless i push the gear shift up and hold or keep accelerating. Anything faster and it will grind all the time unless it is a quick shift up to 5th.
    The Trans that sits in the garage got stuck in 5th and would let go, I did an emergancy stop on the freeway and pulled the trans out and it been sitting since. When i pulled the stuck in gear trans out the clutch didn't look to bad and ended up buying a new motor and trans from a shop for cheap and just swapped it in the car for a temp time while i am rebuild the old motor to bring it up to new conditions since it had low compression in 2 cylinders. The old trans i have no idea if it grenaded since i didn't put it back in the car. The fluid was fine in it and the clutch didn't look at all that bad. I put in a new clutch with the shop bought trans/motor combo and been driving on that since.

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