1996 Ford Contour Q&A
1996 Ford Contour Question: will move in 1-2 and reverse but will no in Drive.
It sounds like one of the clutches has failed in the transmission of your 1996 Ford Contour. I would recommend that you NOT use it for your trip. - Jim Taddei
like Jim said. it is not safe and will fail completely. there is internal damage and it needs attention now. Roy - mastertech6371
The "strainer"? This transmission does not have any serviceable screen or filter. I'm sorry to say it sounds as if you were misled. - DaveJHM