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1994 escort 5 speed, won't go into 1st or 3rd gears after replacing reverse light switch and changing tranny fluid. Gears 2,4,5 and reverse work fine. On first try reverse wouldn't go in, I discovered the washer on the old switch and with it back in reverse works again. Changed out the fluid since much drained out anyway, refilled from the speedo. Now stick won't start into 1st or 3rd gears.

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Sounds like a linkage adjustment problem

Posted on Aug 08, 2017

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SOURCE: i only have 1st and 2d gears no drive or over

Most of the time it's going to be your speed sensor at the left side of your transmission towards the rear close to the endput shaft.
Check the wire and condition for any damages or corrosion.
If it's the sensor just un-clip the wire from the sensor and remove the sensor with the one bolt holding it in place. 
Re-install new sensor and wire and top off transmission fluid as needed.
Before you get your hands all dirty have your blazer scaned at a parts store like Auto Zone, it's free and they have the how too do it your self instruction for any parts you need to replace. 
Good luck and hope this helps, PS don't drive your Blazer to hard so you don't burn out the transmission.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

SOURCE: transmission won't shift to 2nd and 3rd gears goes from 1st to 4th.

Doesn't sound like a simple fix. I would suggest having it serviced.

Posted on May 05, 2009

ourhowse
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SOURCE: grinding gears from 1st to 2nd, 3rd to 5 ok

Either your clutch is getting bad, or you're shifting down too soon, and up too late. Try double clutching. Push in your clutch and push it into neutral. Release the clutch, fan the gas pedal, push the clutch again and shift into 1st. All this does is sychronize the speed of the transmission with the speed of the engine. There were, in the 60's, a lot of cars with the old "three on the tree" that you had to do this every time, and you get pretty good at it after a while.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: I having problems with all my gears

if its a manual then you have moved the splined shaft under the car ,just re adjust it ,slacken pinch bolt and look for original marks in the grime to re set it

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: won't shift out of first gear

good diagnosis that is correct if the vehicle speed sensor is not working the speedo doesnt work and the trans doesnt know when to shift

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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