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Old 04-09-2005, 16:01   #1 (permalink)
Tex John
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97 Escort - Tranny Won't Shift

Hi All,

Tranny just quit even trying to go out of Park. Lever works (push the brake
and slowly work it from P to L...nothing at all)

Linkage is intact and can see it pull the "switch" at the transmission
towards the front right of the engine.

Has been slow going into gear every so often for about two weeks. Usually an
oil change fixes that but not this time. And Service Engine light came on
and stayed on.

Yesterday alternator gave out 75 miles from home. A dozen jumps later and
several times where the tranny didn't kick in for a few seconds, we got it
home. I replaced the alternator, charged the battery, had it slowly click
into reverse and backed down the drive, put it in drive and pulled back up,
and now nothing at all from the tranny. But service engine light went off.

Linkage obviously turns the mechanism on top of the tranny but nothing.
Fluid level looks fine and was serviced last year. Has around 130,000.

What can I try before an $1800 tranny job I can't afford right now?

Thanks very much in advance,
John
in Houston


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Old 04-09-2005, 21:02   #2 (permalink)
Tex John
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Re: 97 Escort - Tranny Won't Shift

After googling a bit more, I tried revving the engine. Sometimes it kicks in
a little (ie, moves slowly in reverse at high rpms) or, once, kicked in
fully, or still not at all.

Any help?

John

"Tex John" <john@logontexas.com> wrote in message
news:gPY5e.51007$1H3.32591@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> Hi All,
>
> Tranny just quit even trying to go out of Park. Lever works (push the

brake
> and slowly work it from P to L...nothing at all)
>
> Linkage is intact and can see it pull the "switch" at the transmission
> towards the front right of the engine.
>
> Has been slow going into gear every so often for about two weeks. Usually

an
> oil change fixes that but not this time. And Service Engine light came on
> and stayed on.
>
> Yesterday alternator gave out 75 miles from home. A dozen jumps later and
> several times where the tranny didn't kick in for a few seconds, we got it
> home. I replaced the alternator, charged the battery, had it slowly click
> into reverse and backed down the drive, put it in drive and pulled back

up,
> and now nothing at all from the tranny. But service engine light went off.
>
> Linkage obviously turns the mechanism on top of the tranny but nothing.
> Fluid level looks fine and was serviced last year. Has around 130,000.
>
> What can I try before an $1800 tranny job I can't afford right now?
>
> Thanks very much in advance,
> John
> in Houston
>
>



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Old 04-10-2005, 09:01   #3 (permalink)
Tex John
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Re: 97 Escort - Tranny Won't Shift

Never mind...manual said to warm up engine AND run it through the gears
before checking fluid level and then I found fluid was low. Slowly filled
the fluid up (more than a pint's worth) and now it works again.

John

"Tex John" <john@logontexas.com> wrote in message
news:ub16e.51064$1H3.5170@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> After googling a bit more, I tried revving the engine. Sometimes it kicks

in
> a little (ie, moves slowly in reverse at high rpms) or, once, kicked in
> fully, or still not at all.
>
> Any help?
>
> John
>
> "Tex John" <john@logontexas.com> wrote in message
> news:gPY5e.51007$1H3.32591@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Tranny just quit even trying to go out of Park. Lever works (push the

> brake
> > and slowly work it from P to L...nothing at all)
> >
> > Linkage is intact and can see it pull the "switch" at the transmission
> > towards the front right of the engine.
> >
> > Has been slow going into gear every so often for about two weeks.

Usually
> an
> > oil change fixes that but not this time. And Service Engine light came

on
> > and stayed on.
> >
> > Yesterday alternator gave out 75 miles from home. A dozen jumps later

and
> > several times where the tranny didn't kick in for a few seconds, we got

it
> > home. I replaced the alternator, charged the battery, had it slowly

click
> > into reverse and backed down the drive, put it in drive and pulled back

> up,
> > and now nothing at all from the tranny. But service engine light went

off.
> >
> > Linkage obviously turns the mechanism on top of the tranny but nothing.
> > Fluid level looks fine and was serviced last year. Has around 130,000.
> >
> > What can I try before an $1800 tranny job I can't afford right now?
> >
> > Thanks very much in advance,
> > John
> > in Houston
> >
> >

>
>



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