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:mad: ok so we were driving and I shifted from 1st-2nd went to shift into 3rd wouldnt go in and started grinding and when it did go in it popped out!!! Now it wont take off in 1st or 2nd but will take off in 3rd but wont go in 5th gear or reverse at all!!! Heres a kicker I put it in neutral and it stalls!!!! I need some help figureing this out please let me know what you got!!
Thanks Amber
 

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How many miles on the car? Sounds like your trans and/or clutch took a dump.
 

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Could be the dog coller
 

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You might want to make sure the shift mechanism running from the bottom of the shift lever (below the console) is still moving the shift rod that goes into the bottom of the transmission as it should. If you have a bad bushing, or if the mechanism gets loose - your tranny might be stuck 'between' gears, in spite of what you think you are doing with the shift lever.
And check that you have oil in that tranny. I find it to be a pain in the neck to do, as you have to pull the VSS out of the tranny, and look down into it to see the fluid level.
 

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denisond3 said:
check that you have oil in that tranny. I find it to be a pain in the neck to do, as you have to pull the VSS out of the tranny, and look down into it to see the fluid level.
Actually, all 3rd gens have a fill plug on the front of the tranny, so no need to pull the VSS.
 

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I wonder how hard it would be to put a 'fill plug' on the front of my 2nd generation escort 5 speed. Ill have to look at that next time i have the tranny out for any reason.

Im also one of the people who likes to add drain plugs to the oil pans of automatic transmissions - if i can find a spot to put it, and the brazing wont distort the flat-ness of the mounting surface. I didnt add it to the F4EAT when I worked on it, because I didnt like the way a pan from an escort tranny behaved when I tried to braze or silver solder to it.
Anybody want to give me a MIG welder for my birthday?
 
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