1996 Ford Contour - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


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 | 60 views


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 | 288 views


1-4-2-5-3-6

1996 Ford... | Answered on Sep 30, 2018 | 1,584 views


Check for a battery drain in the vehicles fuse box circuit.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jan 27, 2018 | 83 views


Camshaft is timed with the crankshaft and the distributor is timed to both. The cam rotates at half the speed of the crankshaft.
#1 piston must be at TDC (Top Dead Center) on the compression stroke to be timed correctly. The cam must be "timed" or installed correctly at this point, and "timed" to the crankshaft rotation. The distributor is timed to the #1 piston at this point. This is true for all engines.(there may be some odd engines that are timed differently?)

1996 Ford... | Answered on Sep 15, 2017 | 101 views


  • The open pipe that you took the hose off of is the thermostat housing, you will need to remove this to reveal the thermostat, make sure you use a new gasket with sealant when reinstalling thermostat housing to prevent leaks and dont over tighten the bolts,run both bolts down as far as you can before final tightning

1996 Ford... | Answered on Sep 15, 2017 | 270 views


Can u open the doors using the ignigtion key or is it two seperate keys?

1996 Ford... | Answered on Aug 08, 2017 | 1,063 views


The first issue is the clicking response. That always means the starter isn't getting the voltage it needs which usually means a dead battery. If the battery is good under load testing then it's either the voltage regulator or a bad ground connection. The ground wire may have corroded so check that first and the battery connections. The ground wire bolts to the block. I recommend the you jump start the car after you find the problem. Now go to an auto parts store that will test your ignition system: alternator, battery, etc. while running. O'Reilly does it in MI. The car is old so it may need spark plugs, wires, fuel filter, etc. Candidly, it may be time to take it to a good mechanic.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Feb 27, 2017 | 78 views


Does the battery have a full charge, battery connections all clean and tight?
With engine cranking, the vehicle systems get battery voltage. With engine running, it gets alternator voltage, there can be several volt difference.
With everything off use digital multimeter across battery posts, the generic spec for a full charge is 12.6 volts. Leave the leads on the battery posts, have a helper crank it, the voltage shouldn't drop below 9.6 volts, that is a generic spec.
The next test, w/o jumpers, have a helper crank it while you check spark at the plugs--check proper fuel pressure and fuel injector pulse. Any applicable trouble codes?

1996 Ford... | Answered on Oct 09, 2016 | 37 views


Visit the on-line store, know as reliable-store, they have the repair manuals. I'm sure you will get the solution of your problem.
1996 Ford Contour Workshop Repair Service Manual PDF Download

1996 Ford... | Answered on Sep 24, 2016 | 67 views


you don't need a diagram . you system is so simple you only have 3 things in it and one never fails.
you have a resistor that if it fails it never works again , so that's out
the motor can be failing and then work again .
but fords most common is a blower switch ,it melts .
so remove the switch and then remove the plug(if you can it might be melted to the switch) and look inside there to see if it's deformed , the plug might be deformed as well as the wires burnt.
start there first.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Feb 01, 2016 | 131 views


You can't adjust the idle , There is a minimum idle adjustment set at the factory , you don't want to mess with that . The PCM / ECM ,engine computer controls the idle speed by the idle air control valve (motor) . You may have a dirty throttle plate mess with the base idle .Check out this video on ford base idle adjustment . Some one who didn't know cranked up the base idle causing problems Ford IAC valve test how to adjust minimum idle speed

1996 Ford... | Answered on Dec 19, 2015 | 459 views


should be 3/16 inch to each wheel.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Nov 07, 2015 | 61 views


the two hoses for the egr should run from the exhaust manifold to what is called the dpfe sensor. this sensor is usually located on the firewall or the engine

1996 Ford... | Answered on Oct 17, 2015 | 262 views


Change out ignition moduel, tighten all grounds.

1996 Ford... | Answered on May 31, 2015 | 784 views


remove the tire and wheel. remove the axle nut from center of hub. remove caliper. remove lower ball joint connection to spindle. pull spindle out and swing away from the axle. remove axle from transaxle

1996 Ford... | Answered on Apr 16, 2015 | 116 views


TIMING IS CONTROLLED BY THE ECM AND IS NOT ADJUSTABLE

1996 Ford... | Answered on Dec 09, 2014 | 47 views


The lights are on a different circuit than the motors. Check the fuse panel. It's a 40 amp fuse in position 21 in the fuse panel under the dash. Across the bottom of the panel are two rows of fuses. It's the third fuse from the left on the top row.
If you find the fuse blown, replace it and check the window operation. If it blows again almost immediately, then you'll need to get the car looked at by a shop, unless you are really familiar with electrical trouble-shooting, and have wiring diagrams for the car.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Oct 06, 2014 | 132 views

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