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What could be wrong if a 1995 Ford Escort LX speedometer does not work and the automatic transmission will not shift out of first gear?

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2009-02-10 11:16:11
2009-02-10 11:16:11

I'm having the same problem. Seems to me it's something in the engine wiring harness. It happened once and my daughter played with some of the wiring and it was fixed for quite a while. Recently, an auto repair shop was messing with the wiring and it's back doing the same thing again. Speedo not working and it hangs in 1st gear and shifts erratically. I have had this problem also and it is a easy fix. Replace the speed sensor. There is two kinds one with a red gear and one with a white. So take it out first before you go to get one. You can find the speed sensor on the back of the Transmission the speedometer cable goes through it you will need a 10mm wrench and that is it. if its stuck in 1st the gear box is probly buggerd and as the speed sensor is directly attached to the gearbox it probly still works just need new box

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