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#18 of 35 Ford Escort Shift Gear Locked.
Dec 26, 2007 (3:25 pm)
My 2002 Ford Escort has had a similar problem which has just started recently. There is a security feature where you have to push on the brake pedal to release the gear shift which is on the floor. I think it is due to the extremely cold weather. I can shift it into gear by pushing the button located in a hole to the right of the gear stick by using a pen or screwdriver. My concern is this: will doing it this way to shift it into gear cause any damage to the vehicle or any part of the vehicle? Also, can the security feature be disconnected? Any help would be, well, help.
#19 of 35 Re: 97 ford escort speedometer and power problem [tamlynn]
May 19, 2008 (9:34 am)
Hi, My '97 ford escort has the identical symptoms as yours.The speedometer goes up and down, sometimes it wont work at all and when I am at a light just starting off it is just staying in fist gear ,then it will buck a little. Very hard getting out of gear. Have you had any luck at finding a solution? Look forward to your reply. Thank you.
#20 of 35 2003 ford ZX2 Auto trans problems
Nov 20, 2008 (2:13 pm)
My '03 ZX2 with 78K miles on it, has begun to slip in between 1st. & 2nd. already changed fliud and filter. Does it have sadjustable bands or Cluthes like older transmissions?
#21 of 35 93 Escort wagon
Feb 19, 2009 (2:34 am)
I have a 93 wagon with 53000 miles on it. It hasn't been ran much for about 5 years. I had trouble starting it. Put in a new battery and it seemed to help. Then it quit starting again. It won't do anything. In the process the shift cable broke. I replaced it. still didn't start. I replaced the neutral safety switch. It will not do anything when trying to start. I am new to this site. Hope it is posted in the right place. Any ideas; Larry
#22 of 35 Re: Transmission Fluid Leak [mowslawn]
Feb 25, 2009 (3:28 pm)
we lost manual to our 94 Escort Wagon with manual tranny..also mild leak..where is speedometer cable located? had main seal leak and oil pan gasket replaced, but within a day or two this tranny leak began..spotty but a concern. we will check if we can find the dip stick ...if there is one. thanks much.
#23 of 35 99 Escort Wagon stiff gear shift (manual)
Mar 23, 2009 (10:54 am)
I have a 99 Escort Wagon with 148,000km on the clock with a manual transmission. The gear shift becomes stiff when changing gear after driving for 10 minutes or so when the air temperature is above 0degC. (i.e. not too bad in winter).
This has been going on for several years. At various times the dealer has replaced the shifter bushings and freed up the shifter pivot. Also cleaned off rust and added a grease nipple. None of these actions has provided a permanent solution and now with the warmer weather upon us, the difficulty of shifting gears has become a problem again. At the last service I had them add grease to the nipple and check the fluid level but this did little to help. Would draining,flushing and replacing the transmission fluid be worth doing? The car is due for an oil change soon and I will raising the stiff shift matter again with the dealer. Any ideas would be welcome.
#24 of 35 Re: Auto trans in "93 wgn. [criecke]
Jul 05, 2009 (6:50 am)
I believe that you have idle air control valve going bad it is a small round silver on intake with wires going into it. when this happens again get in a place to stop with engine running tap on it with something the idle should drop if it does this that is bad change it doesn't cost alot.
#26 of 35 bought a 2003 ZX2
Oct 05, 2009 (2:15 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 (4:57 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.