Q about 1996 Ford Explorer automatic transmission...two donuts on passenger side

Asked by May 06, 2013 at 02:27 AM about the 1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am tracing down a leak in the transmission..... what is the purpose of the two donut sized protuberances on the passenger side of the transmission just behind the bell housing ?

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Those may be the servos. There should be a headshield covering the exhaust pipe close by. It's purpose is to keep the rubber from drying out and becoming brittle. I've seen cars where tranny work was performed, the heatshield removed and not replaced. It cooks the rubber. The last 96 I worked on a few years ago had the shielf removed and discarded. Unfortunately Ford no longer makes the part. A check of the junkyards was unsuccessful. I had to make one out of sheetmetal. If memory serves there are two 10mm bolts holding it in place. Look for bolt holes nearby to determine if it is missing. Not replacing the shield will only give more problems down the road.

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