Originally Posted by Timberwolf
Is this the first time that you have changed the fluid or have removed the pan?
If it is, this is an excerpt from my Haynes manual;
'Upon initial service most transmissions will have a plastic plug lying in the bottom of the pan. This plug was used to keep contamination out of the transmission while on the assembly line. Discard the factory installed dust plug.'
Hope that helps
THANKS ! to timberwolf, Adrian Speeder, and DirtyDog for your quick replies. I've got to take the fam 3K miles and i was panicking big time!. it'd be nice if ford would emboss this thing with DISCARD on it !