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Article No.
00-18-2

09/04/00

TRANSAXLE - CD4E - NO FORWARD
ENGAGEMENT - FORWARD CLUTCH CYLINDER
SNAP RING POSITION - SERVICE TIP

FORD:
1994-1997 PROBE
1994-2000 CONTOUR
2001 ESCAPE

MERCURY:
1994-2000 MYSTIQUE
1999-2001 COUGAR

ISSUE
Some vehicles may exhibit no forward gear ranges due to the misalignment of the forward/coast clutch cylinder snap ring with respect to the legs of the forward clutch piston.

ACTION
During assembly of the forward/coast clutch cylinder, the gap in the select fit retaining ring should be located midway (i.e., 45 degrees) between adjacent legs of the forward clutch piston. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.

SERVICE PROCEDURE
1. Prior to installing the forward and coast clutch plates into the cylinder, note the location of the four (4) forward piston legs (Figure 1).


2. Mark the top of the cylinder with a felt tip marker midway between any two adjacent legs (i.e., 45 degrees or 4 external spline teeth from the center of any leg) (Figure 2).
NOTE:
THE FORWARD PISTON LEGS WILL NO LONGER BE VISIBLE WHEN CLUTCH PACK AND RETAINER IS INSTALLED.


3. Following the Service or Workshop Manual procedure, install the clutch plates.

4. Position the ends of the snap ring such that the gap is aligned with the mark on the top of the cylinder (the 45 degree mark) (Figure 3).


5. Perform end clearance check as required.

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE
WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
OASIS CODES: 501000, 502000, 503000, 504000, 506000, 597997
 
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