Read this in another forum as an explanation for failure in trannys when the fluid is changed/flushed after a long time; Can this be the reason? QUOTE: "...What usually happens, more or less, as the clutches wear, you'll get microscopic particles in the fluid that almost act like a friction modifier( if you will) that still works with the rest of the hydrolic system that still exists, (god my spelling s***s). It will eventually get to the point were it will start to clog (the system) up. It has been said (in the old days ) that when you change the fluid after an extended period of time without service (shiftes OK but fluid looks like s**t), you start to have problems because you lost all of the "MODIFIER" from the old fluid, which were the "shavings" from the clutches. You still should never see metal in your fluid when you check it. Maybe in the pan win it is dropped. I have had this happen to me in the past with an old Turbo 350 in my '70 MonteCarlo. It was shifting a little sluggish, so I changed the fluid in my drive way and it was never the same after that. I'm not saying this is your case, just thought I'd pass on a little personel experiance..."