Doesn't shift into gear
I recently had this same issue in my 1997 escort. When my speedometer stopped working, my transaxle did not want to shift properly either. This of course caused the check engine light to come on. Without the speedometer working, the transaxle would ride out first gear for a bit until it seemed to "warm up", then it would shift ok. It would seem to slip here and there; especially after slowing to turn a corner. I used my scanner to find a code, and it gave me the code "P0500", which is the speed sensor. I replaced the speed sensor, but that did not cure my issue; I had to take it a few steps further.
My ultimate solution started by removing the instrument cluster from the dash and checking continuity between the speed sensor, and the speedometer. I had 100% continuity between the two, so I looked further. There is a small electric motor that runs the speedometer; it has 6 wires, 2 brown wires, a red wire, a white wire, a blue wire , and a orange wire. I checked the electric motor, and it was bad. I went to the salvage yard and pulled the electric motor and replaced it. After I replaced the electric motor, everything started working as it should.
I hope this information is useful to you as well. Your transaxle may not be bad; the speed sensor alone may fix your issue.
Mar 28, 2009 |
1997 Ford Escort