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I have a 99 ford contour , the check engine light is on however when taking it to get odes the scanner would not work. The car also sputters and seems to misfire when accelerating and also shakes at speeds over 45 mph.

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You more than likely need spark plugs and wires. If the fuse is blown for the cigarette lighter the code reader will not power up.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013

  • Nicole Brown Jan 12, 2013

    Thanks. My cigarette lighter is working fine though... I use it every day...I wonder if it could be something else?



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SOURCE: Ford Focus Engine problem

have you tried having your fuel injectors cleaned on it. the engine might not be getting enough gas at take off. it might also be that your gas tank fuel pump or the other fuel pump going bad

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SOURCE: 2000 Ford Focus Sputtering / Speedometer Needle Jumping

It could be a spark plug, plug wire, or a coil. Sometimes thay break down intermittently. If it needs a tuneup, that would be the first thing to do.

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SOURCE: steering wheel shakes when driving at high speeds between 45-60 m

Have frount end alligned, balance tires, check ball joints, tie rods.

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SOURCE: engine seems to miss / sputter between 30 mph and

Hi Nascar2nd.
From what you are describing it appears like an engine misfire.
These trucks are notorious for bad ignition coils.
They don't always set a code either, it depends on several factors.
To check these out in my shop there is a mode in our scan tool called "mode 6". This allows us to look at certain engine data parameters to look at misfire to locate the offending cylinder(s).
Unfortunately without the use of a scan tool you will not be able to see this.
It may be in your best interests to get a shop to look at this for you and verify the bad cylinder.
I have had issues with aftermarket coils and use Ford originals exclusively now. They have also reduced the price of them, good thing too because we go through many.
Might be an opportune time to replace spark plugs as well. worn spark plugs can accelerate coil failure as a worn plug takes more energy to fire.
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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Taurus cylinder misfire #1 and #5 code

sounds like your wires are switched around. have replaced the plugs lately

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