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.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1999 Ford Contour
1999 Ford Contour
1999 Ford Contour Problems
If the vehicle hesitates or idles roughly after being parked for twenty to thirty minutes, with the engine still warmed to normal operating temperature, you may need to reprogram the PCM (powertrain control module) with new calibration.
1999 Ford Contour Recalls (Recent)
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES NOT EQUIPPED WITH THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS). A PRESSURE CONSCIOUS REDUCING VALVE (PCRV) IN THE REAR BRAKES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CORROSION AND RESULT IN MALFUNCTION, WHEN OPERATED IN AREAS THAT USE SALT COMPOUNDS ON THE ROADWAY FOR DE-ICING OR DUST CONTROL.Learn more »
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES BUILT WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS WHICH UTILIZE A PARK/LOCK SOLENOID. IT IS POSSIBLE TO ROTATE THE IGNITION KEY TO THE LOCK POSITION AND REMOVE THE KEY WITHOUT THE SHIFT LEVER AND TRANSMISSION BEING IN PARK. THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 114, "THEFT PROTECTION."Learn more »
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: BI-FUEL VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A FUEL TANK FILLER PIPE GROMMET THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DAMAGED DURING THE INSTALLATION OF THE BI-FUEL SYSTEM. IF THE GROMMET IS DAMAGED, FUEL COULD LEAK. FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE COULD RESULT IN A FIRE. DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK FILLER PIPE GROMMET.Learn more »
1999 Ford Contour Questions and Answers
the engine stalls wend I put it on reverse or drive what could be the problem
How extensive is the replacement of the pully for the fan belt or the timing belt? What causes the pully to loosen or become out of sync?
My alternator was replaced and now all my lights in my car flicker and they flicker really bad when i have my defroster or ac running. My dash lights and dome light and headlights all flicker at th...
Changed plugs, wires, air filter, O2 sensor and oil. Cleared code but after a short run down the highway the check engine light came back on. I've checked vaccuum lines. Ran injector cleaner. ...
1999 Ford Contour Reviews
I bought this car used for my daughter. Anything and everything that can go wrong has gone wrong with this car. It's a money pit! We started with little things here and there and now we can't find a "filler neck". The part for the gas to go in. Ours just fell off from rust. Ford made 3 different filler necks and guess what they don't supply them any more for this car. We've been to every junk yard in our area and on-line with no luck. Needless to say as soon as we find a new car for my daughter this one will be sent to the junk yard because who wants to only be able to put in $10 worth of gas a time so gas isn't leaking all over the ground. Save your money and buy a HONDA!!!
the battery will not hold a charge. some times it will run for a few days or 100 miles or better, then stop with a dead battery. checked for a circuit fault none found. alternator is the suspect but can't understand why it will run the 100 miles or better then the next time it won't last 10 miles on a fresh charge..
my car cant pass the smog they told me it is running lean what does that mean? And what is involved in fixing the problem?
Love my 1999 SE! Bought it with 129K, now has 180+. Still gets excellent gas mileage. Preventative maintenance is key! Still have a tough time understanding why a timing belt would be designed to be replaced every 45K, but if caught before breaking, $300 not bad cost every two years.
Had a 1995 that was put down after 400K+ miles on it. When the 1999 became available, bought it without even a test drive! Its got big "shoes to fill" but I am confident my 1999 will go for quite a few more miles.
It's a wonderful machine. all you need to do is maintain a proper servicing schedule and your car will take you anywhere you want to go. It's simply great to own this car.