I forgot to ask what type of tranny you have. Do you have the manual or the automatic.
The automatic transaxle (CD4E) does have a pan that can be removed, however it is only removed in order to make adjustments to the transmission. The filter is located at the center of the tranny and can only be changed when the transmission is taken apart.
So while the filter can't be reached, my mistake was in assuming there's no way to change the fluid. Although ford states the fluid never needs to be changed, I'm sure any tranny shop can flush the system and refill it using the proper machine.
I don't know the procedure for tightening the bands on that type of tranny, but that is one of the things you could try. The clutch packs cannot be adjusted.
The grit in the fluid generally can't be seen by the naked eye. I hope this helps.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 AT 7:09 PM