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Speedometer problem

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by 88 escort GT, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. 88 escort GT

    88 escort GT FEOA Member

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    My speedometer stopped working in my 88 escort gt. I replaced the cluster, the speedometer cable and the speedsensor. Speedometer still didn’t work. I disconnected the speedometer cable from the transmission and connected my cordless drill to it and the speedometer hand moved. I’m thinking it’s the gear inside the transmission that’s not working. It’s a manual transmission. Does anyone know how to remove and replace the part on the transmission that the speedometer cable screws onto? Thanks.
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    The plastic speedo gears have been known to have issues in some of the manual trans cars, seem to be more common in the 86-90 cars....

    But anyways, Ford says there is a screw/bolt going into the tranny near that gear (its head faces the passenger side) and that holds the gear in place. Ford says once the screw/bolt is removed the gear should just slide right out but others have had issues not getting them out at all and no one knows why. I'm guessing the center of the gear is stripped turning the gear into an hourglass making it so it can't be pulled out or pushed down.

    This summer I'll be taking apart one of my 5-speeds to evaluate what exactly happens and see if I can take some preventative measures, so stay tuned!
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    Thanks. I know the exact screw you are talking about. I actually removed it before but did it to see if it would allow me to somehow get a better connection by pushing down harder on the cable then I screwed it back it. Of course, this did not work. Where can I get the gear that it’s holding in and what is it called? With the screw out, should I be able to grab some pliers and pull the gear out or is there some sort of slip ring around it? Thanks, man I love this site.
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    Ford says only that screw holds it in and should just pull right out but I believe there's a washer above the gear that might need to be removed prior to all of this....
    Others have tried vise-grips and other 'last resort' tools with no outcome but you're welcome to try anything.

    The gear can be bought off ebay, not sure where else it might be. But just type up "1988 Escort speedometer gear" including the words "MTX III" or 5-speed might help, but if you can count the number of teeth on it if you pull it out that would for sure get exactly what you need as long as you confirm the new one fits your transmission.
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    Thanks. I found one on ebay. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks.
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    Hi, I received the part but. The whole thing is plastic, which might be ok. I'm not sure though as the top of mine that's in the car has some metal around the plastic where the cable inserts into it. I'm wondering if once I pull the old gear out if the metal im seeing is supposed to somehow be removed and placed on the new metal plastic gear? Does that seem right? Ideas anyone? Thanks.
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    I think there is a circular steel clip that holds the gear onto the cable, and the gear itself is plastic.
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    Hi all. My speedometer now works!!!:). I removed the speedometer cable from the speed sensor then I barely loosened the nut on the speed sensor itself. Next I unscrewed the small bolt going into the tranny near that gear (its head faces the passenger side). This holds the gear in place. I then gently pulled the speed sensor straight up and it and the gear housing came out pretty easily. I then completely unscrewed the speed sensor from the gear housing and put my new gear in it. My old gear was broken so I had to use a small grabber tool to get the larger part of the old broken gear out of the transmission. Other than it being a tight space to work in, it wasn't to bad. Took a couple of hours.
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