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'98 Escort transmission woes.

My '98 Escort now requires Herculean strength to force it into gear. That and I can't find how to change the transaxle oil. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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You will have to lubricate your shift mechanism. Shift Linkage —Transmission Gearshift Rod and Clevis Removal

  1. Raise and support the vehicle;
  1. Remove the heat shield front (RH) bolt.
  2. Remove the heat shield middle (RH)& (LH) bolts.
  3. Remove the heat shield middle (LH) bolt.
  4. Remove the heat shield rear bolt.
  5. Remove the transmission gearshift rod-to-shift lever nut.
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    7.Remove the transmission gearshift lever clamp bolt and the transmission gearshift rod and clevis .c37044a.gif
8.Remove the transmission gearshift rod nut.

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You may not have to remove the linkage but make sure to lubricate all the moving parts until they are freely moving. Although it is probably easier if the linkage is removed and work done on a bench or something.
Drain Procedure
  1. Raise and support the vehicle; <'98 Escort transmission woes. - 8af8970.giflass="h_mi">Remove the drain plug and drain the fluid. 8af8970.gif
  2. NOTE: Use a new gasket on the drain plug.
    Install the drain plug.
  3. Tighten plug to 29-40 ft/lbs
Fill Procedure
  1. Park the vehicle on level ground and apply the parking brake.
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  3. Disconnect the vehicle speed sensor (VSS) electrical connector.
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    3.Remove the bolt and the VSS. 0c09628.gif 4. Place a funnel into the VSS hole.

    5. Add the specified transaxle fluid until the full level on the VSS is reached.

    81d0b65.gif OIL LEVEL BETWEEN ARROWS^^^^^ You will have to insert the vss to verify the level is between the arrows as indicated. (use it like a dipstick)
    6. When full...(a)Install the VSS and the bolt. (b) Connect the VSS electrical connector. IO hope this helps you. Please give feedback if you want to. Wfservices

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