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Here's what happened: My very well running '97 Escort LX, automatic transmission, suffered a loose motor mount. While in the shop, I asked the mechanic to fix the problem. He did, but when we picked up the car, my wife quickly discovered that it would not shift out of first gear.

My (possibly former) mechanic said that it was just a coincidence that this occured after he lined up the engine and tighened down the motor mount. He advised talking it to a transmission shop.

I am not inclined to like a coincidence like this. I think it is possible that when he lined up the engine, the throttle control cable became too short. Therefore, it is taking more pressure to shift.

The tranny will shift out of first, but only at about 30 mph, then it shifts with a bang. The shift can be helped by slipping the gear selector into Neutral, then pulling it back into Drive.

I know where the control cable is, and also where the adustment is located. My questions are: does my diagnosis sound plausible; and is this adjustment something I can do without making things worse?

Thanks, and any advice/suggestions will be appreciated.

RevRoy
 

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do you have a chilton's or hayne's manual for your car? I would get one to verify that you are putting the TV cable at the right spot, otherwise you could damage the transmission if it's set wrong.
 
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