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Ford Contour Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The hi-amp alternator fuse at the firewall commonly shorts out; the shorted fuse could be mistaken for a bad alternator.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Ford Contour Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., February 10, 1995

Summary: THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG HAS AN INFLATOR BODY THAT CRACKED DURING FORMING OF THE CURL THAT RETAINS THE IGNITER PLUG IN THE END OF THE INFLATOR. ALSO THE IGNITER END CAP CAN SEPARATE FROM THE INFLATOR.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 27, 1995

Summary: CRACKS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE FRONT SAFETY BELT OUTBOARD ANCHOR TABS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OF THE TAB AND STRESS INTRODUCED DURING ATTACHMENT OF THE ANCHOR TAB TO THE SEAT FRAME. THIS DOES NOT CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES."

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Body, Interior & Misc., February 17, 1995

Summary: THE GLASS TEMPERING PROCESS ON THE RIGHT HAND REAR DOOR WINDOWS WAS NOT CORRECTLY PERFORMED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 205, "GLAZING MATERIALS."

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Drive Train, November 20, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FLOOR SHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROL CAN BE DAMAGED IF SUBJECTED TO CERTAIN INTERIOR CLEANING PRODUCTS. THE GEAR POSITION INDICATOR CAN DETERIORATE AND NOT CORRECTLY INDICATE THE ACTUAL GEAR POSITION.

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Engine, December 27, 1995

Summary: THE FUEL TANK FILLER PIPE OPENING REINFORCEMENT, CONSTRUCTED FROM TWO SEPARATELY MOLDED PIECES, CAN LEAK AT THE WELD.

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Ford Contour Questions and Answers

ruth, 1995 Ford Contour, 2.5L V6, Iowa Falls, IA

my 95 ford contour overheats when heater in on or off we replaced the thermostat but it still does it and the hoses are cold when it is running but sucks tall the anrifreeze out of overflow then wh...

ruth, 1995 Ford Contour, 2.5L V6, Iowa Falls, IA

i had a new themostatat and water pump put in when i went to get the car from the mechanic and left my abs, traction control, and coolant lights are on mechanic says he can't figure out whats ...

EdwardJCastagno, 1995 Ford Contour, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, El Paso, TX

i bought a 95 ford contour that was switched from automatic to a manual transmisson and my reverse lights are not working they light up when i turn on my lights but they do not work when i put my t...

idbountyhunter, 1995 Ford Contour, 2.5L V6, Winter Park, FL

No air blows out of vents when selc. it blows out of deforst vents only (window) No air comes out of floor vents. Thank you.

a797887, 1995 Ford Contour, Jacksonville, FL

My car keeps cutting off- after being on for 5 minutes... at first it wouldnt start, but I had the starter repaired- I was told that the front of the starter was cracked- now it starts but wont sta...

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Ford Contour Reviews

My car got stuck in park . rocking back and fourth got it out of park , but I lost turn signals ,heat , cruise control and back up lights. I replaced the thermostat , but still no heat !1 the blower works fine !!

I had the same problem with the battery not charging. Check the mega fuse on the back of the engine its in a small black case between the battery and the alternator. you may need to take the intake box off of the top of the engine to access it. you will have to take it out to test it.

This is my second contour i went from a 98 to a 96 and I love these little cars. Only ive been having a problem that i cant seem to figure out for the last 3 months. My battery isnt holding a charge. Ive taken out the alternator and had it tested twice. Napa said it was bad so i took it to Allied Auto electric and they tested it said it was good and that i needed a new regulator so I bought one and put it on and it didnt fix my problem so I bought a whole new alternator and put it in and it still has the same problem. If anyone has any advice on what I can check next, please let me know.

my 2000 ford contour has a problem the gas tank has gas in it when im driving down street gas gauge will go all the way to empty and gas light will come on what is wrong with my car

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!!!

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