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My 98 ford escort wont go into gear all of a sudden. reverse is out to. what could it be?

I bought it like this. the lady said it just stopped working. they got it to move a little but then after it sat for a few months, i jumped it and it wont even go into reverse. im thinking she drove it in overdrive the whole time she had it. but i cant be sure. its an automatic. what could be the problem?

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We had the same problem and I found this post on the web and it worked! Our car finally wouldn't go forward or reverse and I read a lot of posts saying that even replacing the transmission didn't fix the problem. We just pulled the sensor off today and are trying to find a new one but the car DRIVES now. Thank you to whoever posted this solution. 15th Jul 2007, 21:04 Bought my wife a 99 Ford Taurus at auction. Like others the Transmission sensor gave out. A temporary quick fix is to open the hood, and simply pull off the sensor connector plug on top of the transmission. The transmission will now operate properly in both OD and drive. You will notice your rpm's are steady as your speed goes up - loss of fuel economy due to the failed sensor ( to technical to explain here...). Two things to do: Change out the old transmission fluid immediately - its gonna require synthetic fluid at a higher price, but is worth it as it shifts far better now. And change out the coolant. In fact, I suggest changing out ALL of the fluids and start clean. Until you get the sensor replaced your fuel economy will **** for a while, but its better than not having wheels at all and it IS safe to drive.

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SOURCE: Ford Escort 1997 Problems shifting gears

the speed sensor is located on the passenger side of the transmission , it has a 2 wire connector and is held down by 10mm bolt and clamp , sometimes the sensor will get stuck in the transmission when trying to remove it . persistence and a little WD-40 will help !

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SOURCE: 1999 Ford ranger Alternator

yes, remove it just with common hand tools, take it to autozone and they can test it,
get yourself a haynes manual #36071

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SOURCE: Power steering suddenly went out while driving

check the eps fuses (if applicable) if not then check the drive belts

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SOURCE: Ford Focus 2002: won't go into gear.. any gear

If it's a standard, you may need a new clutch. If it's an automatic, you may need new clutch plates. They wear out over time. I had an old Saturn with an automatic tranny, and when I would shift into reverse it wouldn't go into gear unless I revved it a bit, then it would clunk and drop into gear.. Not very healthy for the car, your tranny may need a rebuild.. Hope your piggy bank is full.

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