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My 98 auto. ford escort zx2 will not take any gear nor move.

Before i changed my trans. fluid my car would not take 3rd and 4th gear the RPMs would go crazy and my speedometer wouldnt match with the rpms then when i changed my trans. fluid i crunk it up let it run and tried to drive it down the road but it wouldnt move or take any gear. i need help really bad!

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Sounds like you have really screwed the pooch here. What I suspect you did was put the wrong transmission fluid in when you replaced the fluid. If you did use the right fluid, then I would suspect that there is not enough fluid in the transmission to make it work. Check if you used the right fluid and also check your trans fluid level.

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SOURCE: 98 Ford Escort won't shift into third. Started not

THE GEAR LINKAGE WILL HAVE JUMPED OUT OF ALIGNMENT, ITS A 10mm af spanner to fix it you should see where it was originally placed by the marks on the selector rod needs two person job one under the car with the spanner and one positioning the gear lever.

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SOURCE: I have a 95 ford escort wagon with a auto trans,,

typical problem is the pump shaft and gear in the transmission,i cant remember if it can be changed with the transmission in it,its behind the pan on the drivers side,i pulled a transmission out of a 95 escort to fix the same problem a few years ago that had 150,000 miles on it and it drove to California and back with no problem

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SOURCE: need belt diagram for a 1998 ford escort zx2

Here it is. 13mm wrench to rotate tensioner


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SOURCE: 1998 ford escort zx2 automatic trans. wont shift

your filter needs 2 be changed. mite be too late. but try that u mite get lucky if you didny drive it 2 long like that

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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Yes it is needing some sycronizers replaced probably and might also be needing a gear replaced in there. and also it will not hurt to keep driving it just skip shift like you have been so it doesnt cause any further problems .. if you keep using 3rd gear it might break off something in time just skip it .. thanks Jerry and holler if you need more.

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I know this sounds crazy according to Ford:

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You are seeing that right, one instance they call for 75W90 and the other it is ATF. It is ok to run either, 75W90 will give you smoother shifts and less noise.

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