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Old 07-15-2012, 15:46   #1 (permalink)
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Question Transmission pan won't come off

I have a 97 Ford Escort Wagon that was in need of a transmission fluid change so I thought I might as well change the filter while I'm at it. In my Ford workshop manual it looked like a straight forward job, but so far it has been anything but that. The fasteners were pretty corroded so it took awhile to get all those out and now I have pulled the pan away from the housing and let the fluid drain out , but I can't get the pan to slide past the support beam. It looks like its about to slide away and then one of the corners gets wedged in between the support beam and the filter inside the housing. In the ford manual it mentions nothing about this. Anyone else have this problem?

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Old 07-15-2012, 16:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Transmission pan won't come off

Maybe the motor mounts are worn down. Try lifting the engine with a jack a little and see if that helps.
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Maybe the motor mounts are worn down. Try lifting the engine with a jack a little and see if that helps.
I tried doing that with a floor jack and a piece of wood right in between where the engine and tranny bolt up and the whole front end just goes up with it. No space is created. I was thinking of maybe unbolting the front tranny mount which is fastened to the support beam in question and maybe create some space.
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Re: Transmission pan won't come off

That's probably your best option. The pan should come right off without that so I don't know what could be up.
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Re: Transmission pan won't come off

Hey guys,

Thanks for all the good tips. The motor mounts in fact have sagged over the years, and I did the jack and wood method between the tranny and was able to get the clearance I needed to remove and re- install the new pan and gasket. Only thing now is after changing fluid the tranny isn't going into 3rd gear and slips sometimes. Don't know what that is about... I checked the levels and it was down a bit, but I added the right amount and its not shifting that well. Hopefully it will go away after driving it around a bit. I don't know if because the previous owner drove it so long with bad fluid that the new ATF has "Shocked" that transmission
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Re: Transmission pan won't come off

Is there any way to have it scanned for codes? Advanced auto parts and Autozone will for free here but I don't know in Canada,
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Is there any way to have it scanned for codes? Advanced auto parts and Autozone will for free here but I don't know in Canada,
Wouldn't a check light come on if the computer was shooting out error codes?
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Not neccessarily. There's often a code without a light.
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