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Etemmu 3/20/2010

1996 Ford Escort LX 4 Cyl 1.9L

Transmissions & Drivetrains

I have a 1996 Ford Escort 1.9L manual trans will not go into any gear how do i know if clutch or trans related

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HouseCallAuto 3/20/2010

If you can place it in gear when the engine is not running then it is a clutch problem. Of course then when you step down on the clutch and start the engine with the transmission in first, with a clutch problem the car often will begin to move as soon as it starts so be aware. You likely have a brake fluid leak at the rear of the clutch master cylinder or at the slave cylinder and now you have run low on fluid and the system now has air in it which will result in the clutch not disengaging all the way which gives you the "will not go into any gear" problem. Most often it is the clutch master so crawl down by your clutch and brake pedal with a penlight and look up at the rear of the clutch master where the clutch pedal rod is attached to the clutch master. Look for a fluid leak/wet spot below the master. All should be dry near that master. If it's not replace the master and then bleed the system.

Kevin - HouseCall Auto Mechanics


Charlene 6/23/2010

Interesting I have a 95 Escort with simular issues, could sensors also be an issue.


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