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1996 ford contour...lights work on dashboard; belts turning; tries to start but won't turn over

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Someone will need to figure out if you are lacking fuel to the injectors, spark to the plugs, or if you have a mechanical problem with the engine such as a faulty timing belt.

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

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SOURCE: 96 ford contour, temp gauge not working

first and foremost check the fuse box. there is a fuse for guages. The temp sensor is somewhere on the manifold and it will have a hard wire with probably a spring around it for protections that runs from the engine to the instrument cluster. You can remove the temp sensor and use a heat gun or propain heat and see if you get any kind of response. I suspect if all your other gauges are working the fuse is good. Most temp sensors do not use power only for lighting of the gauge, It just sends a resistance change to the water temp bulb and it moves the gauge. Is it a seperate gauge or in your insturment cluster? could be simple as a crushed line or the sensor went bad. It is normally self contained. I suspect it is a gauge and not a dummy light? if you can not get the one working in the instrument cluster I suggest going to and autoparts store and replace it which is very easy to do. You can remove the old sensor from the block and reinstall the new on in its place and run the cable back through where the first one was and mount the gauge in another area, It is very important to know the water temp since most computers use this info for setting the correct fuel to air mixture in a closed loop system. That is a diffrent sensor but you need to know the temp yourself to keep from blowing a head gasket or worse which can cause you lots of money to repair, I prefer to mount my own gauge seperate from the cluster, best of luck

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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SOURCE: rear lights and dashboard lights not working.

under your dash is a fuse box and with there is a lable on the cover that directs you to the right fuse that governs the dash and tail lights 

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 ford contour turn signal problem

Check the left side of the vehicle for a blown bulb or incorrect bulb in one of the sockets. The fast flash is a signal to tell you something is wrong with that side

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SOURCE: how to change rans filter on 1996 ford contour

You must remove the transmission pan, the filter is inside the transmission.

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SOURCE: Draining Battery on 1996 Ford Contour

you will need to do a test with a battery light disconnect the negative wire on the battery and connect one end of the test light to the battery and the other to the terminal with everything switched off if the test light is lit you have a draw if it is not lit then it is something else sometimes door switches and glove box switches wear out and need added lift to properly shut the open circuit down

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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1996 ford contour needs to be recalled. Dome lite and brake lites stay on when door is closed causing battery to drain prematurely.


If the experts told Dan to get rid of the car, then I am in total agreement !
I walked into a Ford garage a few years back to get some advice on a friend's Contour I was putting a timing belt on. I talked for a bit with a mechanic there, and it seemed all the ford mechanics there were pretty much in agreement that the Ford Contour was one poorly designed and executed product that they'd rather not see come in their shop. Expensive to repair and often made the owners mad from all the hassle.

Attend to one of the door switches for the dome light, and see if the brake switch on the brake pedal can be adjusted. IDK, do these models have a body control module? I hope not for your sake. (Trade it off!)

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1996 Ford contour engine cooling fan comes on high about a minute after starting car and wont turn off or slow down.


Well it could be a problem with the fan relay, or it could be a safety feature of the computer.
if the computer finds a problem with the cooling fan or the engine temp sensor, it will turn on the fan to try to prevent overheating. Even if the engine is cold.
If the check engine light is not staying on, I would check the fan relay for power and ground.

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I have a 1996 contour it fires but won't start


First check the operation and condition of the following:
1) Spark plugs, leads and coil(s)2) Fuel filter and pump3) Air filter

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do you have 50K miles or more? and your saying it turns over(non firing) faster than normal. Then you timing belt may have snapped.

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My car won't start it kicks over but won't start


It has to be one of only 2 problems. No spark or no gas. Check both to make sure they are being supplied.

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Hi, Check fluid level on dipstick it maybe too low. Fill to high mark. Check belt for tightness, if it is too lose it won't work. Hope that helps.

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Dear sirs, I have a 2000 Ford Explorer which won't start. All light in the dashboard turn on but the engine won't crank. We've tried to crank the engine direct from the battery and it cranked....


yea got get you more troubles
just check the alternator is charging well and no battery light on dashboard it indicate the bad alternator
monitor your battery if it got old and cannot hold the charge any more
you said when you used another one your car turned on

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My ford taurus doesnt turn on. Lights, stereo dashboard lights all turn on except the engine it sounds like it wants to turn on but it doesnt I dont know what can be wrong with the car??


If the starter is clicking, or the engine is turning over slowly, try replacing the battery or try getting a jump to see if you can get the engine to start.

If the engine is turning over, but won't start, it sounds like you may have a bad timing belt or your timing tensioner or idler has gone out.

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Timing belt broke. Open the oil fill cap and crank, if you don't see the valve lifters moving, then the timing belt has definately broken.

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