1997 Ford Contour - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


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 | 275 views


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 | 29 views


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 | 45 views


the racing you hear is most likely a slipping in the transmission. in terms you may understand is this,you're giving the car gas,but the gas does'nt work,you hear the engine roaring,but slow motion?if this is the case,you may need a transmission fluid filter and fluid change,this may help.depending on how long the problems been going on. 3.0 engines are really good motors.but the transmissions behind the engine demand clean fluid,filter. is your check engine light on? the hard shift tells me somethings wrong already.you may only have a bad speed sensor. suggest you move towards the speed sensor. if the chck engn lghts on. do what i described above. if not,no light on,suggest you reset your computer by disconnecting the positive cable from your battery for 10minutes.this will reset the whole system and keep in mind that any existing problems will keep arising. good luck and thank you for choosing fixya.com

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jan 20, 2018 | 546 views


Yes the converter and bands are toasted. You more than likely need a transmission.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Aug 19, 2017 | 142 views


Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the engine at idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake

1997 Ford... | Answered on Mar 20, 2017 | 41 views


Here is a link to the step by step instructions. How to Remove Ford Contour Alternator eHow

1997 Ford... | Answered on Dec 02, 2015 | 200 views


You have to drop the transmission pan with gasket to get to the transmission filter. About 5 quarts or so of transmission fluid will come out when you drop the pan. You have to buy a new transmission gasket. Do not reuse the old gasket.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Oct 14, 2015 | 109 views


if it was a fuse problem, BOTH tail lights would be out...

check the bulb & if you're still unsure, switch them right-to-left and try again

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 11, 2015 | 40 views


both sides use the same fuse so if one is working the fuse is good. use a test light to check for power and grounds at the back of the socket then proceed to find were the break is in the wiring.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 11, 2015 | 244 views


Check your electrical connections especially the throttle position sensor, and the cam position sensor. One other thing to look at is the two coolant temp sensors. One on the front is for the dash gauge, the other on top is for the PCM reference. Ie cold engine, full choke. Warm engine, lean open choke. if not connected it's like trying to start a cold engine without a choke closed, and you end up flooding the cylinders with gas washing them out and killing compression. also ensure you connected the idle air control valve electrical connection. It's located under the throttle body at the back of the engine towards the top. hard to get to but it won't allow the engine to start or idle.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 09, 2015 | 106 views


if it is hydraulic, there is no adjustment

other than that there are two types of mechanical clutches

one pull up hard on clutch pedal and release, and your done

the other has an adjuster at the clutch actuator fork under the vehicle mounted through the bell housing

1997 Ford... | Answered on Mar 25, 2015 | 120 views


They are probably rusted on, but if not it is the brake shoes catching on a groove that was worn in over time. Make sure the emergency brake is off, if you can move drum at all its the shoes dragging, if you cant move at all, there rusted on, either way a good mallet is your ticket...


1997 Ford... | Answered on Mar 12, 2015 | 78 views


You remove the metal brake line or lines then measure how long the line is and your auto parts store should have it, but you will have to bend it out yourself they do have tube benders for doing that and thats the best way but i have done it by hand. install new line and bleed system.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Feb 26, 2015 | 87 views


The backup light switch is probably bad. It's pretty inexpensive, and should be fairly easy to change.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jan 02, 2015 | 41 views


The backup light switch is probably bad. It's on top of the transmission. It's pretty inexpensive, and should be fairly easy to change.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jan 02, 2015 | 57 views


Probably a leaking head gasket, allowing pressure from a cylinder to get into the cooling system. The only cure is to replace the head gasket - radiator stop-leak compounds will NOT work!

1997 Ford... | Answered on Dec 03, 2014 | 86 views


Go to any Ford dealership with your VIN #, and proof of ownership, and they can cut you a key. A good locksmith can do the same.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Oct 31, 2014 | 301 views

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