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1998 Ford Contour, Zetec 4 cylinder engine. There was a service bulletin for harsh downshift that said 'Replace the servo and update the computer'. How do I do that?

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The servo is inside the transaxel, the update is a reflash of the PCM = you will have to have a Ford dealer's shop do this.
If you read this TSB from a source like Alldata or other service, you would be wise to contact a Ford Dealer to inquire if the part is still availble and if the update is still valid. Some of the bullitens have been canceled on older vehicles.

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