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Manual trans drain plug

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Hollywood_Heat, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Patao: Good to hear of a VSS extraction success story! If your car had spent most of its life in your region of the USA that might be why it didnt cause you more grief.
    The VSS electrical connector clips are broken on my Escorts too. Out of five escorts I think I have one connector with both side 'latches' intact, maybe two with one of the latches remaining, and a couple with neither of the latch arms still there.

    As for the springy clip for the speedo cable: I find it works to merely yank up on the metal ferrule of the cable where it goes into the VSS. This takes my entire hand, not just thumb and index finger. The same thing for stuffing it back in: a goodly shove and I can feel the thing move back/down into the VSS. Sometimes I have to turn the speedo cable about 1/8th turn, to help the square end of the speedo inner cable slide back down into the square hole in the VSS. I usually take out the battery and the battery tray, to make it easier to bend over and get an arm down there. Even when I have had a VSS out of the car, getting the springy clip removed or replaced seems chancy.

    On rockauto(dot)com I see they still have the "vehicle/output speed sensor connector"s for sale. For some reason they say 'for manual transmission' but the mating connectors look the same on the manual and the automatic transmissions to me. They are priced about $5 to $7 dollars.
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    Patao FEOA Member

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    Denisond3,
    Yes, this car has always been in San Diego. I believe you’re correct. This probably would have been much more difficult with 25 years of rust thrown into the mix.
    I did have one remaining clip on the connector so I’m hoping that along with a zip tie I’ll be able to stay in business. If it causes future issues it’s good to know that there may be a ‘new’ resource.
    I guess I should have mentioned that I did remove the air intake hose, battery, and battery tray. And that my main goal was to replace the 169k transmission fluid.
    I have it all buttoned up and seems good to go!
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    If the connector comes off he VSS while you are driving, the computer wont know if you are moving or stopped - so once you slowed down it would go into & stay in "Low", until the connector was put back. No harm would be done - but a big nuisance on Interstate 8 during the rush hour.
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    How bad was it?
    How filthy were the magnets?
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    fwiw or the next guy with a stuck vss, you can actually tilt the car a bit to one side pull one half shaft out and fill it with the entire capacity of fluid. i had to do this for a while before i could get my vss out. and only when changing half shafts of course
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