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What should I do to my LX while I have the transmission dropped

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by Paul A., Apr 19, 2020.

  1. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Hanes and Chilton will always leave a lot not-printed. The Ford Escort/Tracer Service Manuals are excellent, and show up on ebay pretty often. They are like 700 pages, even have the instructions for rebuilding the manual trans and the automatic trans.
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    Yup. I'm always amazed why Haynes and Chilton don't review the manuals to see what a well designed repair manual looks like.

    John
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    I think Haynes for one knows very well how bad their manuals have become.
    If you get an early edition it will often cover fewer years, and therefor have much better detail for those years.

    Now they will combine several generations of cars into one volume. The quality of the images deteriorates with later printings, presumably they are simply photographing the earlier editions and losing resolution.
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    late to the party but there is a freeze plug behind the flywheel of all places...
    I had a very slow coolant leak, never knew where it was from until i needed to drop the transmission...
    dirt accumulates on that freeze plug and i guess cuz its in a closed area never gets blown off trapping the moisture that slowly ate a small hole through the plug.
    when i saw that i did all the block freeze plugs
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Chances are that 2-3/16" freeze plug rusted through from the inside, i.e. the side toward the coolant, not the side toward the flywheel or flex plate. Its a good feeling to have those plugs all replaced.
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    Id agree with you 99.9% of the time but considering the condition of all the other plugs and the accumulation on this particular one, id say at least it went from both sides if not the outside...

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