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Ford contour I have 1998 ford contour with a check engine light .When I have the local Auto Zone pull the code it comes up as a p 1380 error code and my local mechanic that did the tuneup said it is a transmission issue . Any ideas ??

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Check your timing belt by carefully removing the timing belt pulley cover to the left of the valve cover. The valve cover houses the spark plugs. You should be able to flash a flashlight down and see your timing belt. Most likely, you have a timing belt going, or a shaving stuck in your VCT solenoid. I'm guessing the belt is worn and has slipped a tooth or two. I would take caution driving it as it's been disputed that it could be an interference engine, and you could do serious damage to your vehicle.

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