Ford recommends the use of Mercon® automatic transmission fluid.
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
The transaxle dipstick is located behind the air inlet hose, towards the firewall.
- Park the vehicle on a level surface.
- The transaxle should be at normal operating temperature when checking fluid level. To ensure the fluid is at normal operating temperature, drive the vehicle at least 10 miles.
- With the selector lever in P and the parking brake applied, start the engine.
- Open the hood and locate the transaxle fluid dipstick. Pull the dipstick from its tube, wipe it clean, and reinsert it. Make sure the dipstick is fully inserted.
- Pull the dipstick from its tube again. Holding it horizontally, read the fluid level. The fluid should be between the MIN and MAX mark. If the fluid is below the MIN mark, add fluid through the dipstick tube.
- Insert the dipstick, and check the level again after adding any fluid. Be careful not to overfill the transaxle.
DRAIN & REFILL
See Figures 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Place a suitable drain pan under the transaxle drain plug.
- Remove the transaxle drain plug. Let the fluid completely drain out of the transaxle.
- Install the drain plug and tighten it to 19-21 ft. lbs. (25-29 Nm).
- Remove the drain pan.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Fill the transaxle through the dipstick to the proper level.
- Place the gear selector lever in P and start the engine. Run the engine at idle, engage the emergency brake and hold the brake pedal down. Move the gear selector lever through all transaxle ranges for approximately 5 minutes.
- Return the selector lever to P and leave the engine running at idle.
- Check the transaxle fluid level. The fluid level at normal operating temperature should read within the crosshatched area of the fluid level dipstick.
- If the fluid level reads below the crosshatched area, adjust the level by adding fluid in small increments until the correct fluid level is obtained.
PAN & FILTER SERVICE
The CD4E transaxle in the Contour/Mystique/Cougar has no service procedure for the transaxle pan and filter removal. The filter is located in the center of the transaxle and can only be removed at transaxle disassembly. The pan should only be removed when repair or adjustment of the transaxle is necessary.