How to add fluid to manual Transmission

Tiny
YSALYS
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  • 1998 FORD ESCORT
I cannot find the filler plug for my manual transmission on my car. Where is it, and do you have any pictures?
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Monday, January 18th, 2010 AT 12:48 PM

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Tiny
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The manual trans-axle has a drain plug located between the two support bars that run from front to back underneath the unit. However, removal of the speed sensor is required. There is an electrical connector that must be disconnected. The retainer clip for the speedometer cable must be removed along with the speedometer cable. Pry the speed sensor from the trans-axle. Use the end of the speed sensor to check the level of the fluid. Here are diagrams below to help you see what I am talking about.

Check out the diagrams (below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

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Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 AT 6:50 PM
Tiny
EDTHEROC
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I have a 1999 Escort 123,750 miles. I changed the driver side axle and oil seal and lost some transmission fluid. I have been told that to add/check the fluid level I need to remove the speed sensor. When I did this a lot of transmission fluid escaped. My question is, how do I add fluid and do I even need to?
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:23 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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If you have an automatic transmission, you fill it with a transmission funnel through the dipstick. If you have a standard shift, you fill through the plug that is about half way up the transmission, fill till fluid is level with the bottom of the plug hole!
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:23 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ZUE
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Read carefully your owners manual before filling your transmission. Typically you must check level in an automatic transmission when it is at running temperature and after you have cycled through all the gears. Place it in park while running at idle and check level. Clearly you are low since you have lost fluid at this point. As mentioned before, fill through the dip stick hole.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:23 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SUEBEEHONEY
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  • 1991 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 26,100 MILES
I have the Lx model. I just replace the CV drive axle, so now I have to replace the transmission oil. I would like to know, where is the filler neck for the transmission fluid located at?
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:23 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Checking and adding fluid.
Escort, Tracer & Probe
Ensure vehicle is level. To check fluid, remove retaining bolt and pry out speedometer driven gear assembly (analog cluster) or vehicle speed sensor (digital cluster) from transaxle. Wipe fluid from driven gear and housing. Reinsert driven gear assembly (analog cluster) or vehicle speed sensor (digital cluster) into transaxle, then remove again and check fluid level.
All Others
Ensure vehicle is level. Check lubricant level at filler plug hole on side of transmission. Lubricant should be within 1/4" of filler hole bottom. Add lubricant as necessary to bring to correct level.


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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:23 PM (Merged)
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ADELLE TRAVIS
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  • 1996 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 74,000 MILES
I am going to do a oil/transmission change on my gearbox but I am unsure how much fluid to put in.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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You fill the gear oil until you can feel the oil on the filler opening hole. Make sure you use the correct gear oil.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SKEET06
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  • 1993 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 142,000 MILES
Replace motor lost some transmission fluid, cannot seem to find a fill plug or any place to check it.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
IMPALASS
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Hello.

I have attached a picture item number 2 is the dip stick. This is where you check and service.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Tran_Dip_stick_1.jpg

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SKEET06
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Cannot hardly see picture, but on the bottom it reads automatic transmission mine is a five speed manual.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
IMPALASS
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Hello.

Sorry, late night. Try this one.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Trans_1_1.jpg



Transmission Fluid Check

The transmission fluid level should be checked only with the vehicle parked on level ground.

Be sure the vehicle is on level ground and apply the parking brake.
Disconnect the electrical connector from the Vehicle Speed Sensor.
Disconnect the speedometer cable from the VSS.
Remove the VSS bolt and gently pry out the VSS.
Check the fluid level.
If necessary, add transmission fluid.
Position the VSS. Install the VSS bolt. Tighten the VSS bolt to 8-12 N-m (69-104 lb-in).
Connect the speedometer cable.
Connect the VSS electrical connector.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Trans_2_1.jpg



Transmission Fluid Drain

Raise and support the vehicle.
Clean the transaxle drain plug area.
Remove the drain plug and drain the fluid into a suitable container.
Install a new washer and tighten the drain plug to 39-54 N-m (29-40 lb-ft).
Lower the vehicle.


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Transmission Fluid Fill

Disconnect the electrical connector from the Vehicle Speed Sensor.
Disconnect the speedometer cable from the VSS.
Remove the VSS bolt and gently pry out the VSS.
Place a funnel into the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) mounting hole.
Add the specified transmission fluid until the "full" level on the VSS is reached.
Position the VSS. Install the VSS bolt. Tighten the VSS bolt to 8-12 N-m (69-104 lb-in).
Connect the speedometer cable to the VSS.
Connect the VSS electrical connector.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SKEET06
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Thank you very much. Thought of adding fluid through VSS, but was not sure how to check it or if there was a check/fill plug somewhere. Thank you.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JEFFJACK
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  • 1991 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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How do find the speed sensor on the transmission?
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 AT 3:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DAVE H
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Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)
1.8LOn transaxle, at speedometer cable connection.
1.9LOn transaxle, at speedometer cable connection. See Fig. 2 .


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/266999_vss_6.jpg




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