Question about 1999 Ford Contour
This is called the "Transmission Range Sensor", or sometimes the "Neutral Safety Switch." It is located on top of the transmission, between the engine and the battery. If it is defective, it can cause a number of problems, including erratic down-shifting out of, and then back in to, overdrive.
If you decide to change this switch, follow this procedure. Set the parking brake and block the wheels to prevent the car from moving. Turn the ignition switch to "On" (don't start the engine), then put the shifter in neutral. Turn the ignition off, then disconnect and remove the battery. Remove the rubber boot between the air intake box and the throttle body. Disconnect the wiring harness from the switch, remove the two 8mm bolts that hold it in, then pull the switch straight up and out. Take note of how it engages the shaft inside the transmission.
Put the new switch in, leaving the bolts loose. (Make sure the two lines on the switch line up with each other. This sets it to the neutral position.) Tighten the bolts, and put everything else back together. Hopefully, this will fix your problem.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Haynes Manuals not Chiltons are the source I use for wiring. You local library might have one and photocopy it off.
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
the racing you hear is most likely a slipping in the transmission. in terms you may understand is this,you're giving the car gas,but the gas does'nt work,you hear the engine roaring,but slow motion?if this is the case,you may need a transmission fluid filter and fluid change,this may help.depending on how long the problems been going on. 3.0 engines are really good motors.but the transmissions behind the engine demand clean fluid,filter. is your check engine light on? the hard shift tells me somethings wrong already.you may only have a bad speed sensor. suggest you move towards the speed sensor. if the chck engn lghts on. do what i described above. if not,no light on,suggest you reset your computer by disconnecting the positive cable from your battery for 10minutes.this will reset the whole system and keep in mind that any existing problems will keep arising. good luck and thank you for choosing fixya.com
Posted on May 02, 2011
what ever you do,do not take it to aamco they are scam artist,they will tear the trans. apart and then they will tell you it is 2000.00 or more to fix it.and they can finance it depending on your credit and then if you cant pay they keep it charge you storage fees and then the car belongs to them unless you can come up with ththe over priced money they want to charge you to do" something" who knows what dont get taken cause that is what will happen and of course they give you a warranty hell you wikll way over pay.
Posted on Jun 24, 2012
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