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Oil pressure sensor or switch has to be connected to the main oil gallery and it is generally most convenient screwed into the oil filter head or the gallery side of the cylinder block - you omitted to say whether your car has an oil pressure gauge?
If there is a gauge the light might be switched by the gauge itself or if the gauge is electronic and computer driven, the computer might be switching on the light.

It is worth checking the vehicle handbook or a wiring diagram to be certain what you have and how it works.
Some vehicles are no longer fitted with an oil pressure light and other vehicles have a light for the oil pressure and another for temperature and/or oil filter blockage.

Low oil pressure light on shouldn't be taken lightly and if a replacement switch/sender doesn't cure it, you should have an oil pressure test carried out asap.

2000 Ford... | Answered on Oct 11, 2019


No 1996 vehicle uses E85
That product wasn't even thought of or
available until a few years ago
The is 85% Alcohol & will ruin your entire fuel system
The car wasn't designed for that fuel,no idea why you
would even go there,just silly

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jun 02, 2019


There are no marks. You need to remove #1 spark plug. Bring the piston up on TDC (all the way up). Then remove valve cover. On the drivers side of the camshafts you will see a slot ground into the ends. The slots are off center of the camshft. There is a tool to fit into the slots tieing both cams at the same time. Once the tool is installed and the #1 piston was up before you locked the cams you can remove the T-belt for replacement & water pump replacement.

1999 Ford... | Answered on Apr 04, 2019


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Disconnect the camshaft position sensor electrical connector. Disconnect the coolant hoses and position to one side. Unscrew (3)bolts and remove the thermostat housing.

1999 Ford... | Answered on Mar 26, 2019


I dont know if yours is a 4 or 6 cyl. On the back of the motor by the firewall there is a 175 amp mega fuse inline on the positive cable comming from the battery. On the 4 cyl it is below the air box center of the back of the motor. On the 6 cyl, it is below the coil pack on the center back of the motor. Be sure to disconnect the negitave battery cable before you attempt this. There is a 3 inch long cover you pop off and you will see it. It takes a 10mm socket to unbolt it. Remove the fuse and ohm it out, if there is no continuity, you have a bad fuse, replace it. I have had 3 people replace their bats and alts ($350 in parts) just to find out it still had the problem. An $8 fuse. Good luck and hope this helps..

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jan 03, 2019


Be extremely careful with dealing with air bag sensors. You should not touch them if you don't know what you are doing. With that said, the sensor triggers are located behind the front fascia on the metal face that's on the opposite side of the radiator. Disconnect the battery before doing anything as it can trigger the bag to deploy.

1995 Ford... | Answered on Nov 08, 2018


There is none. The transmission shifting is completely controlled by the ECM (Engine Control Module, aka the "computer".) If you are having problems with the transmission shifting or not shifting, or perhaps shifting hard, have the OBD II system scanned for any fault codes. Also, it has happened that hard and/or slow shifting can be caused by the transmission fluid cooler (built in to the radiator) being clogged and the fluid getting too hot after driving a while.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Oct 27, 2018


You had better recheck that timing belt it sounds like it is out of time by one tooth.

1999 Ford... | Answered on Sep 19, 2018


  1. Note: Electronic Ignition engine timing is entirely controlled by the PCM. Electronic Ignition engine timing is NOT adjustable. Do not attempt to check base timing. You will receive false readings.

The CKP sensor is used to indicate crankshaft position and speed by sensing a missing tooth on a pulse wheel mounted to the crankshaft. The CMP sensor is used by the COP Integrated EI System to identify top dead center of compression of cylinder 1 to synchronize the firing of the individual coils.
  1. The PCM uses the CKP signal to calculate a spark target and then fires the coil pack(s) to that target shown in Figure 51. The PCM uses the CMP sensor not shown in Figure 51 on COP Integrated EI Systems to identify top dead center of compression of cylinder 1 to synchronize the firing of the individual coils.
  1. The coils and coil packs receive their signal from the PCM to fire at a calculated spark target. Each coil within the pack fires two spark plugs at the same time. The plugs are paired so that as one fires during the compression stroke the other fires during the exhaust stroke. The next time the coil is fired the situation is reversed. The COP system fires only one spark plug per coil and only on the compression stroke.

    The PCM acts as an electronic switch to ground in the coil primary circuit. When the switch is closed, battery positive voltage (B+) applied to the coil primary circuit builds a magnetic field around the primary coil. When the switch opens, the power is interrupted and the primary field collapses inducing the high voltage in the secondary coil windings and the spark plug is fired. A kickback voltage spike occurs when the primary field collapses. The PCM uses this voltage spike to generate an Ignition Diagnostic Monitor (IDM) signal. IDM communicates information by pulsewidth modulation in the PCM.
  1. The PCM processes the CKP signal and uses it to drive the tachometer as the Clean Tach Out (CTO) signal.

2.5L V6

The ignition system consists of an ignition coil, spark plug wires and spark plugs.
The crankshaft position sensor signal is the basis for ignition timing calculations. The alternating voltage signal from the crankshaft position sensor is digitized by a pulse former within the powertrain control module. This digitized signal is then used to position the closing time of the primary circuit of the ignition coil.
Ignition timing is determined by the powertrain control module in response to engine operating conditions based on stored data tables or maps. Once ignition timing has been determined, the powertrain control module interrupts the current to the primary circuit of the ignition coil thus triggering the ignition spark which is supplied to the cylinders through the spark plug wires and spark plugs.
The ignition coils are triggered by the powertrain control module in pairs (cylinders 1 and 5, cylinders 4 and 3 and cylinders 2 and 6) sending one ignition spark to the firing cylinder and one ignition spark to the corresponding cylinder on the exhaust stroke. This ensures that any unburnt fuel residues remaining in the cylinder on the exhaust stroke are re - ignited to provide cleaner exhaust emissions.
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2.0L 4 cynder

The ignition system consists of an ignition coil, spark plug wires and spark plugs.
The crankshaft position sensor signal is the basis for ignition timing calculations. The alternating voltage signal from the crankshaft position sensor is digitized by the powertrain control module. This digitized signal is then used to position the closing time of the primary circuit of the ignition coil.
Ignition angle is determined by the powertrain control module in response to engine operating conditions. Once ignition angle has been determined, the powertrain control module interrupts the current to the primary circuit of the ignition coil thus triggering the ignition spark which is supplied to the cylinders through the spark plug wires and spark plugs.
The ignition coils are triggered by the powertrain control module in pairs (cylinders 1 and 4 and cylinders 3 and 2) sending one ignition spark to the firing cylinder and one ignition spark to the corresponding cylinder on the exhaust stroke. This make sures that any unburnt fuel residues remaining in the cylinder on the exhaust stroke are re - ignited to provide cleaner exhaust emissions.
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Integrated Electronic Ignition System The Integrated Electronic Ignition (EI) System consists of a crankshaft position (CKP) sensor, coil pack(s), connecting wiring, and PCM. The Coil On Plug (COP) Integrated EI System uses a separate coil for each spark plug and each coil is mounted directly onto the plug. The COP Integrated EI System eliminates the need for spark plug wires but does require input from the camshaft position (CMP) sensor.
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1998 Ford... | Answered on Jul 10, 2018


ford owners .com register and download your owners manual for free the go to roadside emergencies your fuse boxes are there cabin and power distribution with relays and fuse values

1998 Ford... | Answered on May 22, 2018


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1998 Ford... | Answered on May 20, 2018


Vehicles with power windows
  1. Connect the window operating switch electrical connector.
Vehicles with manual windows
  1. Install the window regulator handle.
All Vehicles
  1. Remove the window glass retaining bolts.
    • Align the retaining bolts with the access holes.
Vehicles with power windows
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
All Vehicles
  1. Raise and support the glass in the fully closed position (power window shown).
  1. Detach the window motor and regulator (power window shown).
    1. Remove the regulator assembly bolts and allow the assembly to rest in the bottom of the door.
    1. Remove the regulator motor (three bolts), or manual regulator winder (two bolts) and allow the assembly to rest in the bottom of the door.
Vehicles with power windows
  1. Disconnect the regulator motor electrical connector.
Vehicles with manual windows
  1. Disconnect the window regulator handle.
All Vehicles
  1. Remove the window regulator (power window shown).
Vehicles with power windows
  1. Remove the motor mounting plate nut (power window only).
  1. Remove the motor mounting bushes.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Apr 26, 2018


It could be some water in a wiring harness plug causing the relay to stay on constantly, or a short to earth in the switching side of the fuel pump circuit, but really it needs a auto electrician to have a look over it to find out why the relay is staying powered on all the time. When you plug in the relay can you feel it click on straight away? Or does the pump run regardless of whether the relay is plugged in or not? If the latter is true, check for damage to the wiring loom from the relay to the pump. Other than that, its probably auto sparky time.

Hope this helps,
Mark.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 02, 2018


Below dash instrument panel, R16 ignition relay
98 Ford Contour SE Fuse Box Map
Fuse Panel Layout Diagram Parts: passenger side air bag, heater blower, interior lighting, heater blower motor, parking lamp, interior lighting, electric mirror, clock, wiper motor, ignition, reverse voltage protection, rear window defrost, engine management system, instrument panel illumination, radio, wiper motor, power windows, ABS module, backup lamp, brake lamp, door lock, main light, cigar lighter, electric seats,
link below should be the same as yours, press the helpful button

http://www.autofuseboxdiagram.com/1342-98-ford-contour-se-fuse-box-diagram

1999 Ford... | Answered on Mar 15, 2018


Reset the trouble diagnostic by disconnecting the negative terminal for 10 minutes. Then drive and see if more codes appear. Could be the parts that tell the engine when to fire are bad. This would be a part like a crankshaft sensor or a camshaft sensor.

You did not indicate what model car you have. Some engines have parts called "manifold runners" which can cause some problems and when you change RPM it affects the manifold vacuum which moves these parts.

You can get free scans at major autoparts stores once a code is set.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Mar 02, 2018


These are 2 different issues. When the vehicle starts to slow at high speed, remove the gas cap and see what happens, if the issue goes away, replace the gas cap and check the gas tank vent. If it does not go away, check the catalytic converter to see if it is plugged. The issue with the draining battery has to be tested by hooking a meter in series with one battery post and set it to measure AMPS. With the car off and the dome light disabled, check to see what the reading is, then start pulling fuses one at a time till you find the one that makes the biggest drop in the meter reading.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Feb 26, 2018

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