1. mati0921

    mati0921 Loyal Comrade

    My parents 1995 for escort 1,6 DOHC estate with manual gearbox have been leaking transmission fluid for about two years, and about a month ago my mom complained about the gearchange was getting a bit stiff (worst in reverse and 3. gear) so we drained the fluid and filled in 3,1 liters as it says in the manual. the stuff we drained was quite black, and there was only about 1,5 liters. :confused:
    Gearchange was greatly improved as well as the leak around where the selector rod goes into the gearbox, so our driveway is not so pretty anymore. (but we dont own it, we rent the house:p)
    I guess there is some kind of oil seal around it, but is that possible to change without disassembling the gearbox? if not we are just going to live with it for the two or four years this car will live. :)
  2. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    No experience, but you'd probably have to take out the linkage to change the seal. They do sell stop-leak additives for transmissions - - - might be cheap enough to give it a try.
  3. Justin

    Justin Founder Moderator

    The biggest problem is that it's a Ford :confused: Being American, I am anti-American when it comes to cars made after 1977.

    With that said, you MAY be able to get it through the top, but on a 1995 thats unlikely. What Wartburg353W said is probably not a bad idea to start with.
  4. mati0921

    mati0921 Loyal Comrade

    My dad is very sceptic about spending money on anything that he have not used before, wich means the only things that work was available 20 years ago. :)
    We are just going to live with it, and scrap the car in 2 years, unless it passes inspection, it will live another 2 years. (as long as no one crashes it, wich is about time. we have never had a crash that cost the life of the car in the last 20 years)
  5. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    Yeah, try the stop leak stuff. My Trabant was leaking a trail of red stuff used in the transmission from the passenger side CV joint in my garage making a nasty mess. I put some White Shepherd stop leak in it and after three weeks it stopped. I have since drained the oil and replaced it with automatic transmission fluid.

    These stop leak products used to swell up seals actually works. Although it maybe best to add the stuff and run it until the leak stops, drain it and replace the fluid. You would think the stuff would continue to swell the seal up to the point it popps out. But I've had this stuff in the transmission of my 68 Ford for 13 years and the transmission is still working and maybe leaks a drop every now and then. But the seals are 45 years old in this car!
  6. Keri

    Keri Leader

    <--- Has experience fixing crapitalist cars after people put all manner of stuff in to stop leaks.... :D

    The best way to fix a leaking seal is to replace it. Sometimes the part it mates with must be replaced or refinished as well.

    Something to swell the seals "should" be relatively harmless in a manual transmission car. Unless it affects the friction co-efficient of the synchronizers and causes worse shift quality...

    Putting that kind of stuff in an automatic transmission is a crapshot.
    There are many internal seals and o-rings that will also be affected and some of these could affect the drivability of the car. Maybe for the better, but probably for the worse.

    The thing to absolutely avoid.....
    Radiator stop leak!
    It's almost guaranteed to clog your heater core AND fail to fix your leak.
    Sometimes we have to replace the heater core and the radiator AND disassemble the motor to get all of that gunk out. Miss a little and it will clog up the new heater core! Bleah.


    Or maybe, Sure! Go ahead! that stuff is great!
    For supporting your local car mechanic that is...
  7. Thinsid

    Thinsid Loyal Comrade

    I used to have a 1.6 Datsun Stanza (My 2nd car), the only reasons it was crappy were:-
    1) it was built before the Japanese discovered Rust-proofing, so was a bit rotten
    2) gearbox faulty - Impossible to get it into 5th
    3) cracked engine block

    Due to the combined effects of points 2) AND 3) it just wasnt safe to do more than 68 miles per hour, I tried it briefly at 70 But didn't want to kill myself or the car!!
    On the plus side, the interior was Cool - gold velour with brown dashoard, and door panels. Much nicer than the hideous greys and blacks of todays cars.

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