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I love my 1991 hatchback beyond all common sense.
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Replaced the VSS in my 91 1.9L with auto/OD, but my car still gets stuck in 2nd gear. Otherwise, runs well, sounds good, 1-2 shift is smooth. Just revs like crazy when you get to ~30mph and never shifts.

Could it be stuck in limp-home mode, and if so, how do I get it out?

What else can I do? Fluid replacement? Solenoids?
 

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not shifting into 3rd...

I didnt think there was a limp mode for these things, at least not for Tranny shifting. You can check the codes the computer might have stored, but the procedure either requires a scanner compatible with the Escort's diagnostics, or use of an analog voltmeter and a jumper wire - to get the computer to output the codes. Its in the form of pulsing the analog meter needle up and down, and you count the 'pulses'. I dont know if that procedure is explained on the feoa.net site anywhere. Its not easy to describe without making a diagram.
Ill send you a p.m. with my other guesses...
 

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Check the fluid level, color and smell (does it smell like something burned: replace the transmission, even if 1-2 is ok) , electricaly check the solenoids and wiring (you can find the procedure in this forum), no transmission limp mode in this car (I had 3 similar problems on 3 different cars : 1 solenoid, 1 wiring and the last were burned)
 

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Do these auto-trans cars have a nylon governor gear in them?
Had one go out on a Tempo many moons ago and it did the same thing. If so, cheap/easy fix.
 

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There were no nylon gears in my FEAT tranny except for one that is in the differential and only drives the speedometer/vehicle speed sensor unit.

Checking the electrical connections is a good suggestion. There is one on the tranny, down low on the front, that controls the shifting solenoids. There is a connector in that line located on top of the tranny. That one could get battery acid dripping on it. You could pull the connectors off and push them back on, if they dont look corroded. Getting the things to unclip so you can work them apart may take a lot of patience.
 
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