Transmission Problems Common Due to Front Pump Failure on Ford Contour

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 92,926 (10,000–138,000)
5 model years affected: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000
26 people reported this problem
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wont shift into drive at the drive position it seems as though it wants to go only in low but doesnt want to shift into drive unless a low speed is achieved and then can shift manually
it has to rev high before it will shift between any gear and it has problem even moving it has delay between when you use the pedal and when it starts moving
Transmissions failure first smelled gas change pump then slipping and thing started now won't move at all
transmission hasnt failed yet, but does back up slow. course i think i caused it by getting stuck in a snowed over drive. but it does have high hum but only seems to when its really cold out so far and only when im not accelerating.
Driving down the freeway at 65 mph, I began smelling transmission fluid. I assume as it dripped on my exhaust while being blown under my car from ?. A huge "white, thick cloud" of what I assumed was trans fluid burning off the exhaust, was trailing me & slowing traffic quickly behind me. I pulled off fwy, checked the fluid (down 1 qt at this time). Replaced the fluid, let the car cool for an hour or two(temp was higher than it usually runs). I drove it home (approx. 40miles) with it smoking twice when accelerating up a small incline or pulling onto the freeway. The next day it did not shift well and took it to AAMCO down the road from us. Why a warning light for the transmission is not installed on vehicles is beyond my understanding. Before this happened it was a strong running vehicle. $2600 later (that I still owe to my mother)I was back on the road. Until now...I was not sure where the white smoke had come from...exhaust pipes or undercarriage. 8 mos later, my car is having troubles again. Feels as if it lost compression, however, 2 of 4 plugs were caked with carbon. Working on major tune up now...will let you know! Is there a recall from Ford on this transmission pump problem? There should be!
88,000 miles spun the bearing in the rear of the transmission and the joint pulled apart. Do not know if I am going to fix it. depends on the cost. Sad only had the car for 4 days. Driven by an elderly lady and maintained well, thought I was getting a good car.
Started slipping when the engine was cold. Kinda was making a whinning noise but i thought it was the belt. Then just up the street it just stop driving. It would start and run just fine but no movement. Now the shifter will only go in neutral threw low 1. It will not go in reverse or park and the key will not come out ignition. Not much of a wrencher. I've never torn down a transmission. I've put a clutch in a truck and changed timing belts and motor mounts by reading the book but a transmission seems kind of complex.