I recently got a 1992 ford escort with a manual transmission that didn’t have 2nd 4th or reverse. I’ve been driving it that way for a while because I didn’t have the money to fix it. But today it lost 5th. Unlike the other gears that wouldn’t even start to go into gear 5th will go in but the car won’t move. Any ideas what might be causing the problems? 1st and 3rd still work and can drive in those gears just fine. I’ve tried checling the fluid but the speedometer gear/level check won’t come out. Have tried several ways but it won’t budge. Currently looking for a donor car to get a transmission but hoping you guys might know a fix for my problems it gas…
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You have a couple of problems. The first is the transmission and the fact that it has not only gone into limp-home but it has gone well past it. When you lost 1st and 3rd, your transmission gave you the ability to drive to a service area because it went into limp-home. Frankly, you were quite lucky to have 5th so every mile you have put on the Escort has been a bonus.
Now, though, 5th has gone and you are stuck with driving in 2nd and 4th. I don’t know how long your transmission will continue to work, even in those two gears, so if you can find the donor for the transmissionectomy, I would say do it as quickly as possible.
Given the age of your Escort, I wouldn’t hold out too much hope of finding a donor car, though, you can never tell. I would check every salvage yard in your area for either the car or the transmisson. I would also see if there is a replacement transmission available from another Ford vehicle. It is entirely possible as Ford had several subcompact front-drivers on the road then and they may have used the same transmission.
As to the jammed speedo level/fluid check, I think it has to do with age. It is quite possible, if you haven’t used it in a while, that the level check has fused due to rust. You might try a web-wrench on the device to see if you can’t crack it free, however, it may not move. Heat might also work. Otherwise, I don’t see how you are going to remove it.
Do you know what transmissions would be compatible with my 92 escort? And as for the spedo gear I’ve never been able to remove it. I’ve only had the car for about 4 months or so. So dont know any other history of it ether