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1998 ford contour not starting

When we turn the car over, it cranks nicely and has spark, but wont catch and start, we checked the gas pump and its fine, we put new gas in it and it is fine as well. we were thinking maybe its teh mass airflow sensor, but that just doesnt seem to fit, i had a vehicle that the mass airflow sensor went out of it and the contour is just acting totally different then what that vehicle did. does anyone have any suggestions on what could be the issue here.

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Are the fuel injectors being controlled by the PCM - engine computer ! Spray some carb. cleaner into the engine through the throttle plate. If it starts there is a fuel delivery problem . Security light lit on the dash ? Anti-theft system .

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Only make right turns! Only kidding! Have you hit a bump lately? Ford uses an Inertia switch to cut off fuel flow when triggered.Have that checked and reset.

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If you are getting fuel and spark, than it probably is either a bad ground, or the TPS sensor itself.

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You mean wont CRANK or CRANKS but WONT RUN???? 4 cyl or V6 auto or manual trans????????? The 8th VIN digit would be most helpful as there are 4 different engines for that car. Its really cheaper to check items before you replace them. The starter should have a smaller BLACK wire that should have power on it when trying to crank the car. You say it wont crank, then check the neutral switch on the trans. Try putting it in neutral to start it. If it has a manual trans, the clutch switch on the pedal may be bad. There is a starter relay in the fuse box under the hood that powers the starter, does it click if you turn the key to start? if it does then the relay is at least trying to work, but doenst mean the contacts inside are good, If it does not click, then the neutral switch may be bad.Check the BLACK/YELLOW wire at the trans switch, if it has power on it, the switch may be bad, ground that (Black/Yellow)wire and see if it cranks. I dont know if there are any other relays in the fuse box that you can swap for the starter relay for test purposes.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009

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The spark is to weak change the crank sensor.If that does not solve the problem then its the coil pack that needs to be replaced

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it's your upper intake manifold gasket. it has a crack in it and needs to be replaced. your getting to much air and not enough gas. mine did the same thing.

Posted on Apr 06, 2010

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