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Speed Sensor Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.8L DOHC' started by Mcrib, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Mcrib

    Mcrib FEOA Member

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    Hello,
    This forum has been a huge help to me. I have recently bought a 91 Escort GT 5spd. I pulled the VSS out out only to find it had no gear on it! I bought a new one from rock auto with a white gear on it but I cannot get it to sit in the trans properly. Does anyone have the part number or a link to a manual VSS for a EGT?
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    As far as I know, the VSS for the LX and GT, both 5-speed and automatic transmissions is the same. Its fairly common for the VSS to be hard to put back into the trans. Not only will corrosion make it hard, but there is a rubber "O" ring around it - and it takes a goodly push to get it fully back down.
    There are two gears, the white and the red (more of an orange color). The difference is just in the number of teeth; 22 versus 23 I think. Other than that they are the same.

    Is it possible the remains of the former gear are lying inside the differential and are blocking the VSS with the gear on it from going all the way in?
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    Hm possibly I hauled on it pretty good and couldn't get it in. I have the white one. The speed sensor popped out without issue maybe I need to go digging with some pliers
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    I use a mirror & flashlight to see down into the differential opening.
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    Im having the same issue. My stock VSS came with a green gear (24 or 25 teeth iirc) bought a replacement transmission, that vss came with an orange gear (22 teeth). Also have a spare 1.9 engine and tranny (green gear) and the aftermarket replacement from rock auto came with white and is a good quarter of an inch longer than both stock VSS. The replacement does not fit, and i think the pmg has gone bad on both stock ford parts preventing my cruise control from working. Im still hunting for an aftermarket replacement that is the correct length. Next step for me is drill motor and multimeter to test all four. If you dont need a working PMG, we can sort something out via pm

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    Shouldn't the ZX2 be the same gear I'm not sure on the gear but I used a set of 93 Escort GT shifter forks in my 2000 ZX2 SR transmission because the ones in the zx2 were not as strong and broke twice on me. After the install I never had another problem.
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    Green stock gear on left, stock speed sensor on the left, rock auto replacement on the right, same part and part number from majority of the auto parts stores. You can see how much longer it is and it prevents it from seating correctly into the transmission. Also aftermarket replacement gear wont fit on stock vss, but stock gear will fit on aftermarket vss, just doesnt seat properly, making it even longer. I havent found a suitable replacement, nor can i find a source for the motorcraft part due to being discontinued

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    Did some research and found that the 323f in the turbo mazda protégé around the year 92 should be the same. Only problem is that you will more than likely have to go to the dealership to verify.
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