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A trasmission shop looked at it,trying to find something in the valve body but no success.With about 50,000 miles on it the trans is not worn out and the fluids were clean.Escort 95 1.9 engine.I'm thinking that the car has spent to much time in storage.The mechanic has said it is not a mechanical problem,meaning the electronics are at fault.
 

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A fairly common problem with a trans that wont shift-up out of 1st is a Vehicle Speed Sensor that has quit sending its signal to the PCM and (depending on the year of your car) the transmission controller module.

I have also ridden in an Escort that would stay in 1st gear to above 4000 rpm and until the transmission fluid was warm, then would begin to shift normally. That problem persisted until the guy got a rebuilt trans put in.
 

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Had the same problem with my 93GT just kept on driving it at 7000 RPM after a few weeks it worked like a charm.I told the mechanic to check the speed sensor but is making himself busy with the lever[gear] position switch which is close to the VSS.I'm not sure about the transmission module this is a 95LX The connectors seem to be clean.
 

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all 91-92 escorts have a TCU(transmission control unit). anything after that is where the ECU controls the transmission along with the engine. and that does sound like a VSS problem. i've had mine disconnected where i could manually shift my automatic with L being 1st, D being 2nd only, and (D) being 3rd only + my overdrive switch.
 

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Well things are getting more interesting 2 mechanics have looked at it and tried 2X to do the fix.One mechanics is in fact a specialist in transmissions and has rebuilt my GT transmission 2X.Both seasoned mechanics have given up on my LX I guess it will be up to me to solve it.Actually now it will start to work after a few minutes of driving.I'm going to work on the vacuum hoses as one is leaking.There seems to be a vacuum hose coming out of the tranny but somebody plugged it up and I'm not sure where it was going.It is a bit strange that a computer controlled tranny needs vacuum.I ordered a FORD shop manual for the vacuum lines maybe it will help.
 

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The shifter switch has been known to screw up, making it think you're in 1 all the time, which doesn't shift up from 1st gear. Used switch from a wrecker is best bet. Ford wants $$$$$ for them.
 

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One mechanic did check the gear selector switch.The tranny will go back to normal in as little as 100yards.Should you shut the engine the tranny will again linger in 1st and upshift half a mile later.Doesn't like to coast either giving hard downshifts to 2nd and 1st during coatsting.I'm hoping it is something like sticky clutches as it lugs the engine down to under 500RPM when the car is coming to a stop.
 

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Did the mechanic check for proper kickdown adjustment, and check line pressure, lube pressure, apply pressure for various clutches and that the bands were in adjustment etc
 

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I belive the kickdown was moved and I since moved it to the original position.I felt that too much pressure was being applied giving me hard downshifts in 2nd and 1st during coasting.I still put in Neutral to coast and avoid the jerky downshift.The tranny will work after a very short distance like 100yrds when used for the first time,cold transmission.Should you turn off the engine the problem comes back and will take longer to fix itself.I'm not sure if the mechanic did every test or just look at the valve body,and concluded it was an electrical problem.He was in the middle of moving his shop so he could have done a rush job and not tried everthing.He has not yet reopened so I will have to again ask him what was checked.I don't think pressure is the problem the tranny has 84000KM.Your right about the switch FORD wants 345$ I don't think that is going to happen.
 

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I wanted to thank everybody for there input but in the end doing nothing was not such a bad idea.I added a bottle of Transmedic and drove it hard.I had also put a bottle of Lucas which was more of a conditioner.I have the stop leak version of Lucas but this would be the last resort.This is really thick so it would work well for worn tranny.At 84000KM I don't think this tranny is worn out.
 

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Mines at 381,000 last I checked :p
 

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I do remember years ago Coca Cola buying Escorts for there sales people and putting 250000KM on them then selling them.The next owner would put at least 50000KM or more for a 300000KM total on the clock.As always in our salt laden roads the rust will kill your car far quicker than mechanical problems.I'm on my 3rd Escort and it was always rust that caused me to look for another car.As for the tranny it is working as it should and I even put back the kickdown cable to the factory position which would be the original position.I guess a little tweaking can be done to reduce the pressure and hopefully no side effects.
 

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if u decrease the pressure too much, the shifts would be so soft that the gears would slip causing the fluid to burn up and overheating the tranny. i did that once.
 

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Driving in our lovely country over heating does not come to mind.You more than likely need a block heater to get going.The 700 Amp battery booster should also be charged just in case.Living on top of the mountain means that I will go over 75KPH in Neutral! I think I'm coasting for at least a Km.
 

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Hi,

Just got a clean 1994 1.9 litre Escort wth only 38K miles that won't upshift either.

Mostly sat on a dirt floor garage. It won't shift out of low gear otherwise seems perfect . I've read the complete thread and am looking for other ideas. Was owned by a friend's mother. Can't believe something is broken inside the case.

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have u pulled trouble codes from the ECU? it could come up with the neutral safety switch.
 

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Do Not listen to the experts they will give you wrong information.I had 2 pro mechanics try to fix it but failed on two tries! The trick is to get the trans back in condition so buy a bottle of Transmedic at Walmart and drive the hell out of the tranny.Seems cruel but I did this to two cars with Complete Success!
 
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