Escort LXE transmission

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Old 11-30-02, 04:29 PM
Hardtimes
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Escort LXE transmission

I recently purchased an 1993 escort LXE with a bad 5 speed manual transmission. When I went to purchase one, everyone tried to sell me one for a Mazda Protege, said they are the same for that year it has an 1.8 DOHC Mazda Engine, when I put the transmission in everything went together just fine until I got to the passenger side CV axle, It has what they call a Jack axle that goes into the tran. then the CV axle goes on it. Well the problem I'm having is the Jack axle wont go in far enough, about a quarter inch more so I can bolt it up looks like I need a shorter jack axle so went and got the one for a mazda p-rotege, still the same problem. Thinking of taking it to machine shop and have the Jack axle shortened , called Mazda dealership, they said there is some difference in the 2 transmission, but they couldnt tell me what, any help would be appreciated, thank you
 
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Old 11-30-02, 09:31 PM
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Get one from an Escort of that vintage instead. Insist on one from an Escort, not a Mazda.

Barring that, have the original one properly rebuilt. Less headaches in the long run than messing around with old junk .
 
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Old 11-30-02, 09:59 PM
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Thanks Joe_F

Thanks Joe for reply, I bought the transmission from one of these Japanese engine import companys, suppose to be garanteed to have under 50,000 miles on it , done business with them before and was very satisfied. But I will remove Transmission and take it back if noone knows of a way to solve my problem, saving that as a last resort.
 
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Old 12-01-02, 08:37 AM
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You might have them check a Hollander interchange manual for what years and makes/models are comparable with your Ford.

If the place goes "Huh?????" when you mention a Hollander interchange manual, then it's the WRONG place to do business with.

Hollander is a company that provides junkyards with their interchange information from model to model. Very useful.

My contention is to stay away from junk alltogether. There are reasons those cars are in junkyards .

Secondly, while the trannies are very similar, they may not interchange as they are not the exact same model. If it were a Geo Prizm and a Toyota Corolla, I would say yes----they are mechanically identical. Not so on the Escort and Protege---similar but not always the same.

Also the Hollander book will list what mods if any can be made to the Mazda tranny so it will fit. Unless it was mismarked in the junkyard?
 
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Old 12-02-02, 06:29 PM
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Thanks again Joe_F

Thanks again Joe, I will ask them about the Hollander excchange , hopefully it will help, would love to get out of this without having to remove transmission again, but may have too. Thanks again
 
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