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86 Mercury Lynx which is a rebadge Ford Escort

OK, so there is this pasture race. 100 laps around a quarter mile dirt track. Rules are there must be 4 drivers, car must be a 4 cylinder, 2 wheel drive, and it's value cannot be over $750. Well, we decided to find a car, and we did, and we have an issue. It is an 86, Mercury Lynx, which is a rebadge Ford Escort. It has an automatic transmission. It will not shift out of low until 35 and then it shifts again at 65. It will not go into 2nd, I guess. Did I mention we are a team of all girls, the only chick drivers? Oh, and we don't have a pit crew. It shifts really hard for all gears. I told you all of this in hopes you might really rack your brain. Help!

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Did you try shifting it manually by pulling the shift lever back to "1" then move up to "2" then finally "D"?

I think those old ATX transmissions had a governor that can be changed from the top of the trans without removing it. I think it is held in by a couple of bolts. Clean it with carb cleaner first. Easy repair.

Good luck and have fun. Report back findings and race rsults.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

  • gerry bissi Mar 05, 2009

    hey found an old tech service bulletin. may help. shows governor location.








    FORD:
    1988-89 ESCORT, EXP, TEMPO, TAURUS


    LINCOLN-MERCURY:
    1988-89 TOPAZ


    ISSUE:
    The governor hydraulic circuit filtration system has been improved by using a new design filter. The filter has also been relocated inside the ATX case to reduce the chance of dirt reaching the governor assembly. Late 1988 model year vehicles, and possibly some early built 1989 models, will have both the new and old filters installed because of production techniques.

    ACTION:
    If service is required, only the new filter will have to be replaced. Refer to Figure 1 for the new filter location. The older filter, located in the case under the main control assembly, can be removed and thrown away.






    Figure 1 - Article 88-23-7


    Until the soft seal and overhaul kits are revised to include only the new filter, the use of the filter provided in the kit is okay. When filter replacement is required, it is necessary to make sure both filters have been removed.




    NOTE:
    THE GOVERNOR ASSEMBLY MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE INSTALLING THE NEW DESIGN FILTER. POSITION THE FILTER AS SHOWN IN FIGURE 1.

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