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  1. rwalton
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    Well not exactly the race I had hoped for, but not all bad either. It started at Hastings Motorsports Park (MPH) on Wednesday. I unloaded the car, took a warm up lap then on my first full RPM up shift to 3rd the clutch went to the floor. Once I got back into the pits I discovered the fitting which holds the fluid line to the slave cylinder (I'm sure it has a name) was not conected to the slave cylinder. I slid it back on and it seemed to click and be tight. I was not pleased with my mechanic but thought no harm. So I quickly filled the master cylinder and went back out on track. I gave it one more lap to make sure all was well then it happened again, same spot same gear. No clutch! I was glad I hadn't called my mechanic to tell him he was fired because it was obviously not his fault. I pulled the spring clip off and bent around a bit to make it fit tighter and I was convinced it would not pop off again. by this point I had lost a lot of brake fluid so I cleaned everything with brake cleaner, filled the master cylinder again and decided to hit the track again. I was very careful and took a couple of laps to get up to speed and everything seemed to be working fine. Then I started to notice the clutch slipping and I wasn't smelling clutch and it only happened at high rpms. Into the pits again! I looked everything over and I noticed it was still dripping brake fluid and it was coming out of the bottom of the bell housing. I was sure this was not a good sign. Apparently some of the brake fluid had found it's way down into the clutch. I sprayed some brake clean into the bellhousing with the car running and working the clutch. After it all cooled and dried I went back on track. It seemed to ok for a couple of laps but when I began torun harder the clutch was definitely slipping.

    So to make a long story short we tried to clean it again but it didn't get better.I came very close to loading the Contour and driving home to get the Trans am but decided I didn't want to drive 15 hours. So I did not run the one mile shootout and dropped down from the 115 class to the 100 class for the road race. I decided why not, it needs a clutch any way so I ran it. The car sucessfully ran the 100mph class with a badly slipping clutch. I didn't get very close to my time, ended up 3 seconds off my target time. These races have gotten so competitive that unless you are under one second you have no chance, I finished 10th. A navigator would have helped, even driving the slower class it's tough to drive and run your stop watch because the road is very technical.

    It was a great weekend, I got to drive some very fast cars (friends with money), only two cars left the road and no body got hurt, the car sounds great and ran great (except for the above) and that is racing!!

    Now it is time for a new clutch, a few minor additions per the Bonneville rule book, four new skinny tires and off to the salt.

     

    Rob

  2. I recently looked around on YouTube and Facebook and found 2 dyno videos of my car I hadn't previously seen. One was by Nick (Ov3n) on NECO taken at CougarFest last year and my tuner Smokey's Dyno.

     

    Enjoy both below.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSyl7YMRIc

     

    http://www.facebook....150385726081573

     

    -Dom

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    wizdumb
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    Well, repairing my contour has been quite the experience. Just wanted to check the shift cable bushing but in came a nice domino effect of wtf moments. Refer to my thread in the Under The Hood section of the forum for the basic back story. http://www.fordcontour.org/index.php?showtopic=12928

     

    The weather in South Jersey has been nothing but wet for the past 2 months now. Whether it be snow or rain, the ground here just has not had time to dry. Which is where my dilemma comes in. I am eager, extremely eager, to get this problem situated but I have a dirt drive way. For those of you who have never tried before, jacking up a car on saturated ground is a test in patience and more-so in bravery; blocked or not. Now, I just could not get a hold on the jack that I was confident enough to even throw the stand under to get a good look at this damn bushing. Let alone snake myself under the car to take a peak. However, there is a small concrete slab in the backyard where a dog kennel used to be. So, I say to myself, problem solved. The weather lately has been clearing up, but the ground itself (and my basement I might add) is still super saturated, but this small slab may be my savior. Or so I thought anyway.

     

    I get the car out there just fine, but decide that I'm not gonna leave anything to chance and opted to try and use my steel ramps as opposed to a jack and stands. I get the ramps and the car lined up, reverse that car up just a tad to get the neccessary running room to get up the ramps. Put it in first, pop the clutch, hit the gas, and the tires just spin. This is starting to look like a scene from a bad comedy. First the simple issue of inspecting a bushing. That gets postponed and I decide to change my valve cover gasket instead. Only to find that 3 of the bolts were completely sheared. Which of course I had to extract and replace. Then, just when I think I'm catching a break. My car is now stuck in the mud. At this point I think to myself what all self respecting men may think at a time like this. "shiz, I can get her outta there. Just gotta rock her, she aint that deep..." So, I proceed to rock it....

     

    ...3 hours later my brother comes back from borrowing my Escape for the day. I, covered in mud at this point, go right for the back hatch, grab my chains, find a good point under the front of the Contour to put the chain, and pull the car out of the nice rut it found itself stuck in. I had to do this, not because I couldn't get it out, but because the car died on me in the middle of it all. Seems like the alternator. I jump it and it starts and run fine, but eventually dies and won't start. Alternator really isn't that old. Nor is the maxi-fuse, but I hope that it's as simple as something like that. Although, granted, replacing the alternator in these Zetech's really isn't that easy of a job. I just hope it's not a major electrical issue, because I hate messing with electronics, I really do. But, first I obviously gotta find a way to pressure wash all that nice caked up mud thats spot welded to the underside of the car right now. I also gotta see if I can't rent some time in one of my buddy's garages with a case of beer or something. Because working on a car in a dirt drive way is getting old fast.

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    svtlover
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    New Kontrol Pros

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    momo GT50 50th Anniversay Limited Edition (200 copies). The hub adapter for a Focus works....if you don't want cruise control. Much fab work ensues.....

  3. MaddMike1
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    To recap mods for this run, SVT ECM, 19lb. Injectors, My own design custom 2.5 in. exhaust, mocked up cold air intake (the new intake been installed but no dyno for it yet)CLICK LINK FOR DYNO SHEET

     

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    BrApple
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    well I found out that the bolts for the waste gate came loose again. But I am not sure that is where the leak is from. All I know is that if I look straight up at all the pipe from under the car the exhaust is coming straight down. So I think I will be pulling the turbo and wastegate again tomorrow to re-seal everything. Car sounds pretty good, the exhaust was to quiet before the leak.

     

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    Also so far eveything is fine with the waste gate. I check the bolts again yesterday before driving the car and they where still tight. So hopefully that is all set.

     

    Since recently my optima redtop only seems to read 11.5 volts at the volt guage I ordered a new one. I don't know if killing it twice has anything to do with any of the low voltage that I see at time. But anyway I am going to pull the alternator and clean the contacts inside to see if that helps also.

     

    Also the car seemed slower then it has been yesterday, but then again it was hotter also. Anyway its time to install the mbc also.

  4. Well, i mean a different clay. Yup! Clayed the car last weekend. Who'd have thought a piece of what looks like silly putty would do such wonders?? Car looks better now than when I bought it second hand from the dealership. I used the Mother's kit that included the bar,detailer and carnauba wax for $16 at Advance Autoparts. Most important of all, it got rid of the mess the Fuxit wash had left me with. Never again will I take my car to one of these places! As for mods this week: First off I dyed the rear deck a cherry red to go with the dash etc. Took a bit of time and a couple of star drives but looks really good. I had thought about replacing the deck with new carpet or something, but Im an impatient bastard, so there we have it. Also while I was in there, I removed the center seatbelt. Currently waiting on the clearcoat on my spoiler to cure so I can get that put on soon. Ordered some red/silver decals for the wheels and emblems and also a Remus stainless dual tip muffler for the ass end. The wife wont like it, but then - she 'aint drivin' it !!

     

    Will probably have some new pics next monday.

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    Hello all! New to this site, and looking forward to learning and sharing ideas with everyone!

     

    Unfortunately, I start with a problem with the CSVT I just bought. I purchased it with the "Check Engine" light on, knowing it was running lean in banks 1 and 2 (P0171 and P0174). It was also bucking under acceleration, much like starving for fuel. Also stalled a couple times at stop lights. These were all annoying for my first week of owning my first SVT (Had a 86 Stang GT, sold it in favour of a house! lol) But I did my research, and narrowed it down to a bad MAF Sensor and leaking intake gaskets. I didn't fool around, took it to a SVT Dealer, and got it diagnosed. Sure enough, intake gaskets were dried out and sucking in air. Also, the MAF was reading low, and this concerned the mechanic, warned me that it likely needed replacing as well. I had them do the Intake manifold gaskets, and decided to wait on the MAF, see if I could get away with only $600 worth of work instead of $1000! Well, drove away, stopped at Timmy's for a coffee, and on came the "Check Engine" light again. So, I decided I'd replace the MAF Sensor, but not with the $300 Ford rebuilt, but with an Aftermarket rebuilt. (Cardone) So replaced it saturday, reset the cpu, and things were okay. No light, ran better. Still had a slight hesitation on acceleration still though. But I did notice the part number on the rebuilt sensor was not the same as mine. (the original pulled was F67F-12B579-BA) I could see the new one reads 97BB-12B579-AA. I'm getting just outside my knowledge here, but would like to learn and understand these things (the Mustang was Air Density...lol) If anyone might be able to help me understand or figure this out, I'd appreciate it!

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    I started off owning a 1989 Ford Tempo, that turned out to be a piece of junk that literally died on me just over a year after I got it. I vowed them to never own a Ford again. I then bought a 1991 Nissan Sentra for 600 dollars with 158,000 miles on it. Talk about problems. I was always changing something on it, and that car was expensive. Fuel Pump, front Axels, Exhaust System, Ball Joints, Tie Rods, UGH! 192,000 miles on that car and 4 years later, I knew I needed a new car. My boyfriend's father is a Contour fanatic. His wife owns a mystique, he has a contour, and his son drives a mystique. Well, he knew I was in the market for a newer car, and Ebay brought to us, a 2000 ford Contour with 118,500 miles on it. A few aesthetic problems were all we seemed to see on the car when we bought it....but since then...the car's been going downhill very fast.

     

     

    For starters: The transmission just recently started being jumpy. I can go to accelerate from a stop, and not move, but then suddenly jerk forward. My check engine light comes on, and my Camshaft position sensor is faulty, causing some serious idling problems. I get that fixed. I decide to get some of the basic tune up stuff done......turns out the spark plugs had NEVER been changed. They were corroded to no end. Then the car starts to overheat when I'm driving in the city, but not the highway. Turns out the fan that turns on when the engine gets hot stopped working. The trunk leaks in the car as well, and the guy lied to us about it. It was a little wet when he told us that they'd just cleaned it out. I also got my oil changed, and we figured out the oil pan is not the original one on the car and was not sealed properly.

     

     

    It's just one thing after another. I'm so frustrated with this "new" car :wallbash: My goal was to get rid of some of these problems, and these problems have been worse in the last few week....than the ones I had with my Nissan.

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  14. xtascox
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    Well just to update, I've been spending a few hours here and there on taking the mystique apart and i'm slowly making progress. The engine should be ready to be pulled in a week or so as long as there are no setbacks!

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  15. Well I finally decided to move on to the 3L Intake conversion. I have a few reasons why. For one, I wanted a little more low-mid range torque to it. Then, I also wanted to have a Cold Air intake installed because the heat soak from the HAI was getting on my nerves. I didn't want to go through another summer with heat soaking issues. This will allow me to use a CAI from a 3L (Mazda 6). Along with the install, Dom is going to install the rear sway bar, and have some extra things to improve the driving experience of the car. I'm looking forward to it.

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    randy72007
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    I just wanted to say hi to all the fellow svt owners out there. I am relatively new to the svt world. I absolutely love the contour svt. I have learned alot of useful information by reading alot of everyones posts. There are alot of things I would like to do to my car. I have always owned muscle cars and never dreamed I would own a small car with the power that the contour svt possesses. Next to my wife and baby boy, my svt is my pride and joy. There are some things I would like to know though, for instance. Where would I get the three pod pilar, and how to do some small things to my car for more power that are affordable to a working stiff with a family. This site is probably the coolest I have been to for the simple fact of all the svt enthusiasts like myself. I hope every one has a wonderful day. And thanks for letting me be a part of your world. :thumbs:

     

    Randy Coddington

    '98 Contour SVT

  16. A couple weeks ago the g/f and I took a vacation to Mexico. For the first time since the Cougar's resurrection, the car sat for two weeks. I've been driving it nearly every day, and never a check engine light in almost 25,000 miles. My g/f drove the Cougar to work, and guess what. CEL comes on.

     

    I check the codes, one for IMRC stuck open, another for failing DPFE (P0401). The code for the stuck IMRC happened a few times immediately after the engine swap. It turned out the IMRC cable bracket was slightly bent. A little "encouragement" and no problems since. I have no idea why the code appeared now 2 years later... but after clearing it, it hasn't come back.

     

    I thought maybe these hiccups were just from sitting, and my g/f's inability to drive the car as it's meant to be driven (like it's stolen!!!). She's also used to driving our 2012 Jetta TDI 6 speed, which is very different. I cleared the codes which remained gone for a few days.... then P0401 came back. The DPFE is an original part, with 99,xxx miles on it now. I'm guessing it just needs a new sensor.

     

     

    This 3L hybrid (which I built from leftover junk parts) and rod shift Quaife (built by TH) drivetrain have nearly 30,000 miles now. Less than 5,000 in the '97 Contour, and now 25,000 in the '02 Cougar. And this is the first real issue. I'm quite pleased :)

  17. Not sure how long my mother-in-law is going to be around, with cancer and all. Its not getting better that's for sure. So we are packing up the van with the kids and all sort of other crap and driving straight through from Naples to a small town about 1 hour west of Minneapolis.

     

    28 HOURS BABY! It can be done. No stops for sleep. I'm sure Ill do the bulk of the driving, its ok. I like driving.

     

    So we will leave Friday after my wife gets back from work and get there late Saturday/early Sunday just in time to watch the Vikings trounce the Falcons. Well be there for a week and do the Christmas thing there.

     

    It was -12 in Cokato today, and 75 here. Im going to die. I don't even own a single pair of jeans. I have slacks for work and lots of shorts. Now I have to go clothes shopping on top of Xmas shopping :angry:

     

    Ill remember to take my pills, probably smoke a j, and maybe hit the bar for a few quick drinks before I attempt this dangerous shopping endeavor.

  18. here's the final foundation. it's got a monolithic curb with openings for the doors and a couple pics of the area that the city needs to come by and fill in out in the alley way. 2" pitch from north to south towards the alley way.

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