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1991 Ford Escort F4EAT Won't shift into 1st unless I put into Low and even then it slips and chatters until it finally grabs then it doesnt seem to slip at all could it be gearshift position sensor or a valve body problem? thanx

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  • tdarbe Sep 15, 2008

    I have a 1005 escort. It will go into Reverse and low just fine. But it will not start out in drive or overdrive. It will just increase in rpm and move real slow. if you start out in low, then shift to drive or overdrive, it runs fine. I changed the filter, and no metal was found, and the fluid was red. Sometimes in overdrive, it will not shift into high gear, But if you turn the key off, and then on again, it will shift and run fine.

  • ericsounds Nov 30, 2008

    My '94 Escort is doing the exact same thing R and L are fine, but Drive and Overdrive don't catch unless you start out in L.

  • ericsounds May 11, 2010

    What do you mean "check fluid burn?"
    If you mean to check the transmission fluid, I did that and added appropriately.


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Pop the hood, and you'll find a cable running left to right (near your throttle body). It also has a spring that snugs this cable so it will have no play.

A common problem with the F-4EAT in the ford escort is that over time for some reason there becomes slack in this line or the spring wears out. If you are having trouble getting into first this is usually the problem. simply adjust the length of the cable and replace the spring.

If that doesn't work... I heard something about cleaning out the accumulator (some sort of spring mechanism) as it often causes this transmission to be sluggish (or change gears very late).

cheers.

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  • aaronhahn777 Apr 23, 2009

    I also have a ford escort (95 LX)

    There may be a very easy solution to some or many of the escorts problem operating the F-4EAT transmission. But it could simply be some slack in the "transmission to the throttle-body" linkage cable.

    It is on/near the throttle body and the tension can be easily manipulated. If there is slack in this line it will often cause the inability/sluggishness of shifting into first (and other) gears. There is also a retaining spring that returns the cable. If this spring is old, it can often slow the shifting of gears while decelerating.

    I've also heard that it may be caused simply by crud build up in the accumulator (a mechanical/spring valve). I'm not to familiar with this but I understand that simply cleaning this out can make a huge difference in the performance (usually attributed to sluggishness only when cold).

    If all else fails, there's plenty of these babies in the wreckers yard :)

    I'm no expert, but I hope this helps.





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First and second clutch wear down check fluid burn

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