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I am a mechanic and a person brought a 88 Escort LX to me, after replacing the CV boot on the passenger side. Normally this would be no problem. but for some reason after everything was put back together the cutomer could not get the car out of first gear.

The car was left in first gear before and throughout the work.
The passenger drive axle was never removed. (they could not get it to come out so they just replaced the boot on the car).

After playing with it I still could not get it to come out. I read in the shop manuall that after taking the axle out you are suposed to insert something to prevent the gears from falling out of place. I am guessing that is what happend.
Any ideas?

Normally the operation should of been an easy one, but the person proved otherwise. I was brought into this after they had completed all the work and were trying to drive itout of the shop.

thanks,
TF
 

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Ok i bought an 89GT, needed a clutch. Well in the instructions on the clutch, it says to stick an alignment tool in the hole, when really a peice of conduit will work fine. Thats what we did, and it should be fine unless the trans was knocked around pretty hard. Otherwise its a different problem. So if you bumped the tranny then yes you have a problem.
 

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Ok i bought an 89GT, needed a clutch. Well in the instructions on the clutch, it says to stick an alignment tool in the hole, when really a peice of conduit will work fine. Thats what we did, and it should be fine unless the trans was knocked around pretty hard. Otherwise its a different problem. So if you bumped the tranny then yes you have a problem.
they said they had tried the best they could to get the drive shaft out. Prying and banging. but it wouldnt budge.
anyone got a blow up of how the tranny goes together? the manuall didnt cover this. I have never opened a tranny so, this boggles me.

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You only have to worry about supporting your differential side gears if you yank out both drive axles at the same time (at this point, the side gears are no longer supported and you end up with a mess of gears in your differential case). Thus, if you only pull one drive axle at a time or none (as in your case apparently), this should not be your problem.

If you only replaced the CV joint boot (I assume with two half-boots) without removing the drive axles, I suggest your problem is elsewhere. I would suggest never just replacing the boot, unless you just happen to notice the leaking boot very shortly after it happens. If any moisture or grit gets in your bearings, your faith in the bearings has got to take a poop.

I think that, in the attempt to remove the passenger side half shaft (which was eventually aborted), some damage has been done or the shaft is now not fully inserted (danger!). I'd pull the passenger half shaft out and re-install it (in fact, at this point I'd simply replace the half shaft). That's all I can imagine.

Sorry, the only manual tranny picture I have is in my head, and you don't wanna go inside my head.

Good luck.
 

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You only have to worry about supporting your differential side gears if you yank out both drive axles at the same time (at this point, the side gears are no longer supported and you end up with a mess of gears in your differential case). Thus, if you only pull one drive axle at a time or none (as in your case apparently), this should not be your problem.

If you only replaced the CV joint boot (I assume with two half-boots) without removing the drive axles, I suggest your problem is elsewhere. I would suggest never just replacing the boot, unless you just happen to notice the leaking boot very shortly after it happens. If any moisture or grit gets in your bearings, your faith in the bearings has got to take a poop.

I think that, in the attempt to remove the passenger side half shaft (which was eventually aborted), some damage has been done or the shaft is now not fully inserted (danger!). I'd pull the passenger half shaft out and re-install it (in fact, at this point I'd simply replace the half shaft). That's all I can imagine.

Sorry, the only manual tranny picture I have is in my head, and you don't wanna go inside my head.

Good luck.
Yah, thats what I told the guy, might have to stick someone inside and have them play with the shifter as the axle is removed. I think that because the car was in first it somehow locked up the drive shaft, that combined with the llovely retaining clip, made it unfun to get out.

back apart it goes. I will let em know.
funny thing is the car is in such rough shape (glued on side mirrors) and he seems like even if thetranny needs a rebuild he is ok with it. LOL

thanks,
TF

P.S. I have a 1984 Escort with a bunch of 86 GT stuff on it. Its a good lil car, thats why I just about restored it.
 
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