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I own a 95 Ford Thunderbird 4.6L. I'm in the middle of changing my transmission filter, and fluids. After I pulled off the drain pan, and filter, I found this little plastic piece sitting in the drain pan and I have no idea what it could be. It doesn't seem to fit anywhere under there. I tried searching and googling but to no avail. I have pics that might help if anyone could give me some advice or guidance.

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Looks like the fill tube plug used during assembly. Nothing important, you can toss it.
 

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That's the secret toy. :)

Like Brandon said, it's the filler plug.

It went in from the inside in production, and was popped into the pan when they put the tube in.

It means the tranny fluid has probably never been changed by dropping the pan. How many miles do you have? :)


They come in handy to plug the filler tube hole if you have one sitting in your garage. (they'll go in from the outside too.)
 

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haha, sweet, thanks guys. =) Yeah, I don't think the transmission fluid has been flushed like this before. The car has about 90k miles on it too lol.

Recently I've been having some slippage with the gears and have been trying to get that fixed. Got everything back together and filled up, and so far so good, hasn't slipped yet and shifts gears very nicely.

Thanks again!
 

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haha, sweet, thanks guys. =) Yeah, I don't think the transmission fluid has been flushed like this before. The car has about 90k miles on it too lol.

Recently I've been having some slippage with the gears and have been trying to get that fixed. Got everything back together and filled up, and so far so good, hasn't slipped yet and shifts gears very nicely.

Thanks again!
I think you'll notice much better operation since you flushed it.

Unless there are chunks of metal stuck to the tranny magnet, it's probably in good shape.

Just watch the two big things not to do to these:

Don't do a WOT 3-4 shift. Try not to be on the throttle hard at all when that shift happens.

Don't drop it into second while driving. That will try to make it do a 4-2 shift, which is bad. It shouldn't happen, but it's been known to.

When either of these shifts happen, it tries to be in 2nd and 4th at the same time for a moment; not good for it. Add wot, and stuff breaks. :)

Read the Article on the tranny, it's informative. And there's a lot of other info here as well.
 
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