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Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Greenbean, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Greenbean

    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    So, I don't really know how to put this. I don't think the wiring harreness was swapped from the chassis. Just the ECU, So the car had a Auto in it but it went "the second time" so I said Nah man, Not playing this game again and went manual. I don't have reverse lights now and can't figure out where to plug them in or what the plugs look like. I was hoping I could either make or have made a adapter that I could just plug in to just fix it right then and there. Inspection is in Two months!!! I'm willing to pay someone to make the adapter as long as I can get it before may.
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    On the 2nd gen 5-speed Escorts, the "reverse light switch" screws into the transmission, on the lower front about halfway down. It only has two wires to it, but some of the replacement switches have a 3rd wire in the connector. A 5-speed car would have had a mating connector in that same area. You would need to get one of these switches, and futz-up your own wiring to the correct pair in the original bundle of wires that ran to the 'neutral safety switch that was bolted to the top of the auto trans. I think the wrench it takes for the switch is about a 20mm or 21mm box end. The 5-speed trans would have had that switch in it at some point.
    There is another switch, similar in appearance, but which mounts to the bottom of the transmission. I dont know what that switch does, but my cars run pretty well with the wire not connected to anything.
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    Yeah, for some reason the guys that did the swap didn't take the wiring out of the donor car but they took the ECU and the other ecu... so I took a multi-meter and started by finding a pos 12v which was the small black wire with a white strip and the small red wire with a green strip was the ground for the lights so I took the connector off the donor car and adapted it over so I could just plug it in. It fixed the lights but now the car didn't start so I had to jump the two big wires to trick the car into thinking it still had the switch when I ripped it out.
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    Also, Yeah. I found it "reverse light switch" on the front of the trans but only accessible from the bottom however the connector goes up the front of the trans.
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    Good to hear you got lights working. When I was getting to that switch from above, it was in the middle of taking the trans out of the car; hence the battery & tray, the air filter housing, the radiator & hose, etc. were out of the car.

    The other functions of the switch that was on the upper part of the original automatic transmission were an interlock to prevent the starter from working unless the auto trans was in neutral, and letting the trans control module for the auto trans know whether you were using all 4 gears & the torque converter lockup, or just the gears 1,2,& 3. That is the Drive position of the shift lever, versus the OverDrive Position. We use just Drive for around town and suburban driving, using OverDrive (and 4th gear and the t.c. lockup) for the interstates and rural driving.

    I have two 5-speed Escorts and three of them with the F4EAT auto trans (though each rebuilt by me). My personal experience is that the 5-speeds are 'more' reliable, but you still have to pay attention their needs. I.E. I have replaced clutches, clutch hydraulics, shifter bushings, the results of running low on fluid, and extracted VSS from them.
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    Well, To be 100% honest with you. I mainly did it because I noticed I'd go from overdrive to non overdrive alot to make it easier on the trans because where I live it's hard to let the car get into a grove because for maybe 3 miles you can let it be in overdrive but then you'll get to a hill and it'd just end up down shifting built up speed then up shift but lose the pressure it built up then end up down shifting again then just repeat that till you get over the hill. I wanted to control that to either preserve it's clutch or to save my brakes. I don't know if I just notice these kinds of things or if others have too.

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