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07-03-04, 09:54 AM   #1  
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no one could help me yet on 94 escort

Hi,

I have a 94 Ford Escort, 1.9 L, and Auto Tran with Air Con. About a year ago, the car died on the highway with a huge pop sound, then the engine stopped running at all. I shift the gear to 'N' and rolled it to the shoulder. I had it towed to my front yard and sat there for 10 months. I asked people what was wrong with the car, and most of people pointed to timing belt. I open the timing belt box and did found it was broken. So, I bought a timing belt and put on it. The engine restarted. Then I replaced with a new accessory belt, and the engine started without problem. I also kept the engine ran for half hour to recharge the battery. Finally, I put everything back to it was and ready for a test drive.

The gearshift was freeze and would not move to 'D' at all. So, I turned off the engine, then the car would not re-start at all and I could not take the key off from the ignition. I de-assembled the gearshift box and could not find any problem. So, I open the hood and disconnected the link cable from transmission. The gearshift started to move back and forth, and I was able to take key off. At this moment, I turned the ignition on, but the engine would not start. When I reconnected the link cable to transmission, the gearshift would not move again. To me, it looked like the transmission freeze. But the two front wheels could rotate freely. Looked like the transmission must be at Neutral position. This was back to end of May. Since then, I asked lots of people, and they either have no idea or say that my car's transmission is gone and needs a big time job to fix it.

Would you give me your opinion?

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07-03-04, 02:07 PM   #2  
Couple of things to check. Do you have a good battery, fully charged? The gearshift problem sounds suspiciously like the shift lock switch is not operating or is not getting the proper signal from the brake switch. What the safety switch does is prevent the lever from accidently being moved from park into a drive position (like when it's sitting with the engine running and one of your kids kicks the shifter). In order to shift you should push on the brake pedal (which you probably already know). If you are unable to move the lever either your battery is completely dead or the switch may be faulty. Look on the console near the shifter for a small button or removeable cover that comes off. This will be the shift override which is for exactly what it says. By either moving or pushing the button, or inserting something into it, it mechanically releases the shifter allowing you to move the lever. If this works and the car then drives - bad switch (or bad brake light switch is also possible since that';s where the signal comes from.

 
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07-04-04, 08:48 AM   #3  
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Thanks for your info. The battery is fully charged. I do not believe that the switch or gear shift box is the problem. I have disconnected the link cable from transmission lever, and the gear is moving back and forth freely. But, as soon as the connection is attached, the gear shift is locked again. I think it is at the transmission lever which is locked up. what do you think?

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07-04-04, 09:32 AM   #4  
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I had the same problem as yours when I left my last car , lumina 1993 parked for about 1 year without doing anything to it. The oil in the transmission is suspicious when leaving the car stranded for a long time, moisture sets in, there is no lubrication in the moving parts in a long time and the transmission might have freezed up. I think you should check your transmission first if everything else is fine.

 
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07-05-04, 05:34 AM   #5  
Not sure I understood the original description. If I understand correctly now, you are unable to move the gearshift when everything is connected. When you disconnect the linkage at the tranny you can move the shift lever out of Park, but you are unable to move the linakge on the tranny itself, right? If the car is on any kind of slope, you may have some pressure on the tranny causing it to be hard to move out of Park, although you mentioned earlier the front wheels rotating, so I'm assuming you had it off the ground and no load on the tranny. I would lean towards Corleone's suggestion. Before you go too deep, you might try a little penetrating oil around the shaft where it enters the tranny. Beyond that you may have to have it opened up.

 
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07-05-04, 07:30 AM   #6  
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The transmission oil still there, but kind of dirty. As the_tow_guy mentioned to add oil to shaft. How do I do it? I would use my drill pump to drain some tran oil out(2 quarts), and add new one in from the top. Will this way give some grease to the shaft? I had put wd-40 around the tranny lever, but did not do any help at all.

 
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