Question about 1997 Ford Contour
4 cylinder, when I go to start it the speedometer spikes and radio is intermittent
Have your alternator checked. If one (or more) of the diodes in the alternator is shorted, you can get similar symptoms, and it won't charge the battery either.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If headlight do not come on, leave them on and start check ground and power.
If headlights do come on then locate the starter and fine something to tape on it, not too hard,
but before u can do this have someone set inside the car with the key turn in the start position...
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
I've put in hundreds of alternators sometime a new one doesn't work properly you heed to check the voltage output of the vehicle running to see if it's charging or simple remove the negative battery cable while the vehicle is runnig, if it keeps running the alternator is working if it's dies it's not but you need to know the voltage output most vehicles it's 13.5 min.
Posted on Mar 23, 2009
first check and see if the fan is comming on when it gets hot if it does and you dont see any white smoke i would replace the radiator.
Posted on Feb 09, 2010
SOURCE: 1997 contour 4 cyl cranks
If it acts like it's starved for fuel, it probably is related to that. I would check first though. If you have a carb, you can spray starter fluid inside and then crank it. If it tried to start, then it is fuel related. Probably a fuel pump, fuel filter, or fuel relay, or perhaps a fuse. If it doesn't start for a second, it could be many more things. If so, you should check your ignition system, spark plugs, wires, distributor, coils, ect. If your battery and starter are fine, start looking to see if your car is getting fuel. Hope this helps. Being broke down sucks!
Posted on Jan 10, 2011
If you have over 100,000 or near there this is not going to be good, you can service the transmission put new fluid new filter. and cross your finger and hope it works, O/D flashing its a gear ratio, transmission need to rebuilt or replaced
Posted on May 02, 2011
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