1998 Ford Contour Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Ford Contour
- I had tran. rebuilt still having problems with hard shifting.
- ac/heat only works on defost,fan works on all speed but don't put out air/heat
- I have a 98 contour 2.0 that keeps trip, code p1380 & p1381. at the same time.
- Have engine code p1381. car has 130,000 0n it, second timing being stalled at65,
- What is the likelihood of a new water pump that is bad?
1998 Ford Contour Problems
The Check Engine Light can illuminate with codes due to the lack of EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) flow caused. This is commonly a result of a clogged passage in the intake manifold. To correct this problem, the EGR valve has to be removed and the passage cleaned thoroughly. Partial restriction of this passage can cause smog test failures for the NOx emissions without causing a drivability symptom.
Transmission problems are common in this model, often as a result of a failed front pump. The pump loses its ability to create hydraulic pressure, which an automatic transmission needs to function. A sign of front pump failure can be a whine type noise.alternator fuse at the firewall commonly shorts out; the shorted fuse could be mistaken for a bad alternator.
1998 Ford Contour Questions
when first taking off it shifts so hard it sounds like the engine is going to fall out,it also shifts hard when coming to a stop, a big bang, had motor mounts replace ( i was told that was the problem) so why the lound bang? tired of going to auto garage and paying without getting the problem fix...
can belt jump a tooth?
A/c compressor was just replaced
1998 Ford Contour Recalls
1998 Ford Contour Reviews
I bought my '98 Contour with 26,000 miles on it. It now has 97,000 miles. No problems with the exception of an anti-lock brake module whose 60 amp fuse is shared with the blower motor. But after 70,000 + miles, I have no real complaints. The car handles so well--like a "real" German car. (2.0 I-4 VCT Zetec, 5 spd). A winner !!
My 1998 Ford Contour has been an excellent car. It has 227,114 miles. New brakes just put all around.
'98 Ford Contour beige/fake convertible choc. brn. top bought new. 16 yrs. old. Usual maint.. Serpentine belts, new muffler, rear/front light bulbs, new fuel pump @14 y. o., brake work, rust repair X 2...Maine/salt on roads. Overhead light plastic part snapped early on, driver side plastic door knob broke @ 15 y. o., dash air blower quit @ 16 y. o.. Its resistor or something changed/tempera...