it doesnt have one, it is an electronic speedometer
This is very common on the 1996 Ford Escort unfortunately. Basically the speedometer cable has to be re-greased or the speedometer has to be replaced with the older 80mph model. Both "fixes" require disassembly of the dash to get to the cable/speedometer. See the ford escort owners association for more details/instructions.
1) Locate the speedometer cable attachment to the transaxle (just behind the intake manifold on the drivers side USA models) 2) Disconnect the electrical connector form the speed sensor 3) Remove the screw and retaining clip from the speedometer cable (completely move them out of the way so they do not fall into the transmission) 4) Remove the speedometer cable 5) Fluid should be between the top and bottom of the speedometer cable gear 6) Fill as needed 7) Check o ring on the speedometer gear housing replace it if it is damaged 8) Re-install the speedometer cable assembly, retainer, bolt, and electrical connector Remember the Escort uses automatic transmission fluid in the manual transmission for the 1991 - 2000 models' If you want to change the fluid Drain the fluid (drain plug on the bottom of the transmission) Re-install the drain plug. Remove the speedometer as stated above Add 2.9 quarts of Mercon ATF to the transmission Re-install Speedometer cable
The manual transmission in an Escort is a Mazda built unit. Like most Mazda manual trannies, it uses Mercon or Dexron fluid, which is a very common, generic automatic transmission fluid. It's often sold as "multi purpose" atf.On most models, the fluid is added through the speedometer cable hole; the speedometer cable and gear have to be removed to fill it. You remove a single small bolt, and then you should be able to pull the cable and gear out of the top of the transmission. Often it is stuck.The speedometer gear can be used as a dipstick for the fluid level - it should touch but not completely cover the gear.
Sorry to burst your bubble but their is no speedometer cable on a escort, it utilizes a input and output speed sensor on the transmission, and the Drivers information center uses a tiny motor that receives a signal from the Ecm, it uses the output speed sensor from the transmission to give you a vehicle speed. They just dont build them like they used to.
Probably replace the speedometer cable. The cable connects to the side of the transmission, then runs up the bottom of the car to the firewall, then into the back of the instrument cluster. The cable is turned at the bottom by the transmission, and at the top end the cable turns the mechanism of the speedometer. It's probably 1 of 3 things: The speedometer cable is broken, or the cable is loose at one of the two ends, or the speedometer gauge is broken. You can take the instrument panel off and look at the end of the cable where it sticks out. If you do that and drive a short distance, you can see whether or not the transmission is turning the cable.
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