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I own an 98 ford contour it is overheating the temp gauge hasn't worked sense i had the car but it has never overheated before and the radiator fans aren't coming on at all

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First, purchase a copy of the "Haynes Repair" manual from either Napa or Auto Zone.

Your looking for the two coolant temperature sensors usually located on the coolant manifold which is bolted to the head, located on the right/drivers side of the engine over the top of the transmission. It has radiator and or heater hoses attached and is where the thermostat is located.

The 95-97 series contour 4 cyl 2.0 liter had one sensor on the top for the computer/fan controller.
The other for the guage was located underneath the thermostat housing towards the front of the car.
be careful with your wiring in that the contours run a little hotter and the wire insulation gets brittle. so be delicate...

Posted on Oct 18, 2009

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