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Hey guys,
So I have an automatic Ford Escort in which when it was cold the transmission wouldn't shift out of 1st, and the speedometer would not work, until it was warmed up.
So after doing some research I figured it was the VSS.
Today I got a new VSS and started removing the old one..
The bracket from the old sensor was badly corroded, as was the bolt, (Which sheered off on my first attempt at loosening it. After I sheered the bolt off I managed to loosen the bracket by prying it a little bit, the bracket eventually started bending and the sensor was not moving at all. So me being a not-so-amazing mechanic started gently prying on the plastic part of the sensor with a screwdriver to loosen it. After a few minutes of working at it the sensor appeared to come loose and I went to pull it out and soon realized that the plastic sensor had come loose from the metal housing/shaft.
So, I went back to trying to pry out the housing which appears to be corroded on quite nicely.. unfortunately the flange has now broken off, which leaves me with just the small part of the shaft that is left showing to work with.
I have used WD40 and other lubricants on it, I have tried twisting, pulling, tapping, and whatever else that is physically possible with the sensor being in that terrible spot..
So... Any idea's on how to remove the rest of the sensor from the tranny?
Your help would be appreciated! I am a bit tired from being under that car for 2 hr's trying to get it to loosen..

Thanks,

-Tim
 

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I know it's gonna be a little hard to do given the space you have to do it in, but....

whatcha need is a chisel and a hammer. Not to break it, but to try and get between the metal part of the sensor and the transmission. Try not to beat on the transmission, as it will not seal properly if you chisel any part of it out. Don't tap it hard, as it will crack one or the other. If anything, tap real lightly so that you can make a groove to pry on, then pry straight up on it.

What has happened is the O-ring on the sensor has gotten very hard, and has ceaced and fused to the transmission. If you haven't canged the filter for the transmission lately, I would If I were you, cause it sounds like the transmission has got very hot.

Most definately, your gonna need a new VSS, once the plastic piece breaks, it's toast. And, if you pulled the metal shaft out of the gear housing, your gonna need to drop the transmission pan, and get the gear and gear retainer out of it, if thats even possible from inside the transmission pan. You may have to get a shop magnet to get the retainer out. Personally, I don't know cause I have all Manual transmissions, and just got my first automatic a month ago, and have yet to change the filter on it.
 
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