Last post on Dec 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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#26 of 35 bought a 2003 ZX2
Oct 05, 2009 (3:15 pm)
It has 54767 miles, manual tranny. Everything seems good but I'm looking for maintenence tips, I am in Alaska and it will be garaged at night but after 20 mile drive sit out all day,so I'm looking for cold weather tips etc thanks to all
#27 of 35 Re: bought a 2003 ZX2 [bikegypsy]
Oct 05, 2009 (5:57 pm)
What sort of transmission fluid doe the '03 use? I have a '98 LX, and it uses automatic transmission fluid (for a manual transmission!). Last winter was the first I had it, but it would get really gummy at anything lower than -20F (I live in Fairbanks, so that was common). This summer, I changed out the fluid with Amsoil universal ATF, whose pour point is -57F, so I shall see how it performs this winter.
When very cold last winter, it would get downright tough to shift that thing. Otherwise, it is a fantastic little car that gets excellent fuel economy.
#28 of 35 shifter stuck in reverse and park
Jan 10, 2010 (9:06 pm)
#29 of 35 shifter stuck in reverse and park
Jan 10, 2010 (9:06 pm)
would like to know if anyone can diagnose a stuck shifter in a ford escort (94) will not move beyond reverse and park
#30 of 35 Re: shifter stuck in reverse and park [raizrr]
Jun 17, 2010 (4:15 am)
I have a 94 Escort and when I bought it last December it had been sitting in a driveway since the summer. It would not shift out of Park and when it would, it would only go as far as Reverse but it still wouldn't move the car. At first I thought the electronic solenoid, which releases the shift lever when depressing the brake pedal, was not releasing fully. But I found it was friction between the shift shaft (which is seen from under the hood in front side of tranny) and the bushing it goes thru in the transmission (housing). I used CRC "Freeze Off" (something like that) and squirted it on the bushing where the shaft enters it, and manually turned the shaft both CW & CCW until it loosened up. I reconnected the linkage and it easily shifted out of Park.
The friction was an oxidation or varnish build up on the shaft and the tolerance between the bushing and shaft is so tight that it doesn't take much to stick it.
#31 of 35 94 Ford Escort wagon manuel shifting issues
Jul 29, 2010 (4:35 am)
Recently got a 94 Ford Escort Wagon. Have had only a few weeks. Shifting was very smooth then the other day coming off our freeway exit when trying to shift out of first , could not get it to go into second. When we disconnected from where the piece goes into the tranny, you cojuld move the gear shift freely, clutch pressure is fine. Just wont go into any other gear. No leakage problems that we can see. Any clues as to what we should check.
#32 of 35 Re: 94 Ford Escort wagon manuel shifting issues [lovesfords]
Aug 29, 2010 (7:03 pm)
I have the same problem with my '94 escort. Did you get the problem fixed? I could use some help in resolving my issue. Thanks
#33 of 35 98 ford escort zx2 2.o dohc auto trans problems
Dec 17, 2010 (1:30 pm)
hello, overnight trans failure. trying to determine what happened.
reversed out of parking lot with a bang- going forward heard grinding noises. until no further movement. tow home.
raise & inspected. no visible failures or leaks. axles & wheel spin in neutral. shift linkage works through gears. trans fluid ok & full.
when cold - unit will turn wheels with bearing noises - then when warms up ( after few minutes) no further wheel rotation & noise quiets down.
any ideas- obvious internal something failed- pump,torque convertor,flex plate????
thanks fellas for good input please