Ford Escort Parts And Ford Escort Accessories
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Why Your Ford Escort Refuses to Go Into Gear
If your car suddenly refuses to go into gear in the middle of the road, not only would that be embarrassing, but highly troublesome as well. Once it has already happened, then chances are it\'s going to happen again, so you\'d better figure out what caused it in the first place.
Bad transmission fluid or leaks
If the car refuses to go into gear after engaging the clutch, the first thing to check up on would be the transmission fluid. While the transmission fluid isn\'t supposed to get low, it does go bad in time. You may just need to flush out the old fluid and replenish it to be able to change gears again. Just make sure that you use the correct replacement because if you end up using a fluid with an incorrect thickness, then the problem won\'t really be fixed. While you\'re at it, you should also try checking for leaks if the transmission fluid level got low. Make sure that the hoses have not gotten frayed yet. Replace worn-out parts before they break down and fail and cause further complications.
Clutch hydraulics problems
The clutch master cylinder pumps fluid to the slave cylinder, which in turn converts the hydraulic pressure into linear action against the clutch fork that disengages and engages the clutch. If the fluid has gotten low, then going into gear, or shifting could become problematic. Check the fluid level and refill accordingly and make sure that the slave cylinder isn\'t leaking. And don\'t forget to pump the clutch pedal a few times afterwards.
Check the seals of the master cylinder and the slave cylinder and the adjacent hose for degradation as too much wear can restrict clutch action. The rubber hose may have already succumbed to too much heat and pressure, thus it already needs replacing.
Common automatic transmission issues
If the shift linkage has become separated from the transmission, going into gear would definitely become a problem. Make sure to check it by lifting the hood and locating the shift cable attachment that connects it to the transmission. Have a friend move the gearshift to ensure that the cable is indeed attached and doing its job of moving the shift lever.
A broken axle would not allow your vehicle to move, so make sure that your Constant Velocity (CV) axle has not broken off, causing your transmission to cease responding and stop going into gear. And while you\'re at it, check up on your CV boots and joints as well. Because in time, the CV boots get damaged or cracked, causing moisture to enter and the grease to leak out. Once that happens, it would only be a matter of time before the CV joints get corroded and degraded. And as the CV joints continue to deteriorate, the chances of them disintegrating while you\'re in the middle of the road increase significantly. Unfortunately, if your CV joints have already broken down, then your car would no longer become driveable, and you\'d be looking at a more serious problem now.