Time to bite the bullet and rebuild/replace the tranny (and perhaps
replace the radiator as well, sometimes you can't get all the schrapnel
stuck in there from the failure flushed out and it causes the rebuild to
fail) or donate the car to charity for a tax write off.
Did they drop the pan, clean it and change the filter after they were
done? Does your trans have adjustments for the bands?
If you answers are "yes" and either "no" or "yes, and they were
adjusted" then it's rebuild/replace time (or just live with it until it
gets too bad.)
sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
That's BS. It has a pan & filter similar to every Escort since 1991. The
3rd gen from 97 on is a pain to remove the pan because the crossmember
is in the way and has to either be dropped or the engine jacked up a bit
to give enough clearance to remove the pan. The filter is easily removed
once the pan is off.
If you've never changed the filter, bring it to a competent AT mechanic
to have it done. If it's clogged it may not suck up enough tranny fluid
when it's cold and thicker to prevent slippage. If the guy changing your
filter shows you piles of clutch material in the pan, don't worry and
don't agree to a rebuild; it's fairly normal unless there's a huge amount
of metal filings to go with it. Just change the filter, filler up and hope
for the best. Should cost around $50 with just a drain & fill.
I hope Bob is right, I have no knowledge of Escorts. He's absolutely
right, however, that a clogged filter and the resultant low pressure can
cause slow engagement and slippage.
Just to elaborate on what he said, even if he's right, don't consider
that you've wasted your money for a fluid exchange. The "old school"
trans service, which is what he's describing, only changes 4 qts. or so
of the ATF that's in the transmission; generally 1/4 or less of its
total volume. So both really need to be done for a complete service
(and most of your fresh fluid will actually remain.)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Thanks. Both were excellent replies. I will decide what and where to go
this week sometime. It did upset me that the pan wasn't dropped and
inspected inside for some sort of debris and a filter change.
Now that I have done some additional research, it supposedly a real pain! I
am sure now that is why even the service manager at the local Ford dealer
(yes- Ford dealership told me this) told me it was "permanent." I would
have paid them to do it so I am really surprised that they just lied like
that and turned down an opportunity to take my money. I am wondering if I
should report this to Ford Motor Company or not?.
yeppers ... what stony said ... penny wise and dollar foolish now ... up
your technology, get rid of your headaches, have your money buy you
happiness instead ... try biofuel diesel system next time, much easier to
run, longer lasting, and is not suspectable to Bush League Black Chenny
money games of sucking you dry and then killing you off like you were a
If they heat up the Bio-Fuel tank, it will work in ice country even for
petroleum diesel dispite its lower freeze point any where they go ...
bio-diesel spill is not an ecological disaster ... it is food that grows
mold in the tank ... and needs preventive care that way in the fuel mix.
go buy you some happiness and security on future transport.
Australia will be a biofuel exporter in 2 years if they like, change their
whole economy and ecology right quick for the better ... with salt water
bio-fuel ponds making 330,000 miles of energy a year for diesel electric
cars and trucks ... @ $1 a gallon for ships, derrigibles, cars, trucks,
trains, electric plants.
sumbuddie wear blind sea
in article y84ol.12591$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Stone at
email@example.com wrote on 2/21/09 8:03 PM:
I had the new filter put on today. I noticed an immediate difference in the
shifting. It is so smooth now I can barely feel it shift up or down. It
used to knock or step into gear. Now its a smooth slide. I hope that on the
next few cold mornings it wont slip anymore. The mechanic even took digital
photos since I couldn't be there to see the pan when it came down. Not much
debris, just a small pile of sludgy metal powder accumulated on the magnet.
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