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Loud noise from engine.
This is caused by the timing chain tensioners in the engine are bad and they would need to be replaced with new chains and tensioners. On some of these vehicle the camshafts may need to also need to be replaced...
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Brake line leaking
Hello. Brake lines that go from the front of the vehicle to the back are made of metal. The metal doesn't usually leak unless it is physically damaged or a connection gets loose. If the line is damaged in any...
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Oil pan covered in oil, but no dripping
If your oil pan is covered in oil, that means you have an active oil leak that may be coming from higher up on the engine. The valve cover gaskets may be leaking and running down to the oil pan....
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Car jolts on starting and sometimes is fine
The vehicle may have more than one problem and would need to be thoroughly checked in order to properly diagnose the problem. I would recommend having a certified mechanic test the system's computer and perform a road test to see...
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Car only runs when jumper the fuel pump
Check to see if you are getting power when you test the green with orange stripe wire going to the fuel pump module. If you have no power then check the the fuel inertia switch, in the left kick panel,...
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Car chugs & dies when gas gauge gets to 1/4 full
The fuel sending unit is not accurate and is empty at 1/4 of a tank, or you have a fuel pump that has a faulty bottom screen which has come off and sucks air below a 1/4 tank. A big...
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Car shakes violently and 'check engine' flashes
Since you are only getting a misfire on cylinder number 3 specifically, this informs me that the cylinder ignition is not the problem. Since the engine has a coil pack that powers two cylinders at the same time and if...
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Gear shift stuck
Hi! The ignition switch must be on, the brake pedal depressed, and then the shift lock actuator solenoid must activate to allow the shifter to be moved out of park. It's called the shift interlock system. An electrical fault in...
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Car will not start
The first problem is that you may not have ran out of gas but burned out the fuel pump by running the fuel pump with low fuel for a prolonged period of time. Then with all the cranking needed to...
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Taillights and dash not lit up
The tail lights and instrument lights on your Ford Contour usually run on the same circuit. If you would like to investigate this on your own, then one thing you can try is using the manual to locate the tail...
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My wheel bearings are making noise.
Hey there, thank you for asking about your 1996 Ford Contour. If your wheel bearings are noisy then you should have them checked to see which one is bad and replace the bearings. The front axle bearings are part of...
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I have a 2000 Ford Contour that is leaking oil. It seems to spray oil upward and downward. Where is the leak coming from?
Hello, thanks for writing in. Oil leaks can sometimes be difficult to diagnose if they are coming from a tight or dark area. I would carefully examine the engine, with a flashlight, for any signs of oil leakage, drips, or...
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Does a replaced water pump last a car's life time?
A water pump will last a long time but never the lifetime of the car. If the cooling system is not well maintained the debris in the system will wear the water pump seal faster than normal. The replacement water...
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Car died while driving. What's the cause?
Hello. When the vehicle has been in an accident, there can always be a lot more damage than what appears on the surface. The amount of force the vehicle took when it hit the light most likely started the issues...
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Many issues with the car. Can a clogged catalytic converter cause transmission issues?
The catalytic converter has very very little to do with the transmission. The catalytic converter will keep the engine from being able to "exhale" and can cause engine problems and damage if faulty, but it wont cause direct transmission issues....
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Car is shifting hard using a lot of gas and getting hot
Hey there. This may be due to a few different things such as a transmission speed sensor, a failing transmission control module, or potentially low transmission fluid. As you may know, the transmission uses hydraulic pressure created by the...
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My car sputters and dies - 2000 Ford Contour
Hi there. From the description you have provided, it leads me to believe there is a charging system problem. Apparently, the battery is being run down while driving. A good battery will recover on its own when it sits overnight....
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Car will not fire
The engine spark is controlled by the engine computer and requires input from several sensors to run the engine. The vehicle may have one of several possible causes of the crank-no-start. The first thing to check is to see if...
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alternator problem
If you keep burning up alternators then you will need to check to see if the 175A main alternator fuse is blown. If the fuse is blown then you have a short on the large main cable that goes from...
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Just replaced spark plugs and wires and my car is still miss firing and I can't pin point why and my old spark plug is oil covered
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1988 Ford Contour to have a misfire even after the spark plugs were replaced. When oil is seen on the spark plug this indicates that the valve cover is leaking onto the plugs....

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