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Old 04-17-2010, 07:54 PM
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Ford Contour help!

Ok guys, I know it's not a Prelude, but I wanted help from the best in the business. My girlfriends 1998 Ford Contour SE just started acting up and I was hoping for some suggestions. I have never experienced this problem with her, but she says that when she is driving, it will lock up, she can't turn the wheel, the battery and oil light comes on, and then it dies. It apparently does this frequently. I told her to buy a Honda, but no-go. Someone has told her it is a cam sensor? Any help is appreciated guys.

P.S. Please don't post if you just want to rag on Fords. I want help, not proof you're an idiot.
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Re: Ford Contour help!

any CEL codes?
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Re: Ford Contour help!

Alternator....I am going to guess.
Same thing happend to our FORD work truck
All the Idiot lights came on and it was dead.

Good Luck.

P.S. Break up with her and start dating a honda chick.
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Re: Ford Contour help!

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any CEL codes?
Yes, not sure which one though.

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Alternator....I am going to guess.
Same thing happend to our FORD work truck
All the Idiot lights came on and it was dead.

Good Luck.

P.S. Break up with her and start dating a honda chick.
I will look into the alternator, thanks man.

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Re: Ford Contour help!

usually if it were the alt. your battery wouldnt be getting charged and the car wouldnt turn over in the first place. so im going to say thats prob. not your problem

go to your local big chain autoparts store like autozone or orileys. they can pull the cel codes for you and gie you an idea of what might be happening
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Re: Ford Contour help!

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All the Idiot lights came on and it was dead.

That literally made me LOL

My grandfather had a contour and it did the same exact thing it was like some stupid electrical problem i dont really remember what it was but I asked him and it costed like $150 to get it fixed.

Just tell your girlfriend its gonna be like a $2k dollar fix so she sells it and gets a civic
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Re: Ford Contour help!

She said the CEL was for the cam sensor and the 02 sensor. Someone at Autozone told her the cam sensor was messing with the 02 sensor. I'm still confused.
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Re: Ford Contour help!

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She said the CEL was for the cam sensor and the 02 sensor. Someone at Autozone told her the cam sensor was messing with the 02 sensor. I'm still confused.
If the code is for the cam sensor, then replace the cam sensor, clear codes, and see if it still stalls
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Re: Ford Contour help!

Planned on it. She never mentioned that part to me until now, lol.
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Re: Ford Contour help!

my friend had the mercury mystique (same car as the contour) and we called it the mercury mistake lol. get rid of that car asap, there's a reason they quit making it.
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Ford=FTL.
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Re: Ford Contour help!

Thank you every who replied with a honest and helpful answer. For those of you who only wanted to tell me how much you hate Ford, you need to learn to read.
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Re: Ford Contour help!

if this were a honda, sounds like the same exact symptoms as when a crank pulley falls off;
-no more power steering (can't turn wheel (at least, for a girl at least ))
-no more alternator (so idiot lights come on, car starts running off the battery, battery dies.... engine dies)
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Re: Ford Contour help!

It keeps doing it though? If the crank pulley fell off wouldn't it be a one time deal? She just mentioned that it only does it when she presses the breaks really hard. I'm thinking vacuum?
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Re: Ford Contour help!

Sorry for the disturbance but guess its the same thing my friend had encountered in the past. the car surges when he drives it. Any way, im recommending having a diagram so as it would be easier for you to fix.

You can use this link: http://www.dogion.com/thread-wiring-...d-contour.html



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