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Ferret II last won the day on February 27 2012

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    95 Tour & 96 Myst (V-6 MTX's)

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  1. Elusive Ferret checking in! :) It sounds like a truly epic group this time. I wish I could make it, but already had something planned :( I will hope for news - better yet, pics! 20+ Contiques is truly amazing. My two pre-98 rascals are doing well. Ferret got a new(ish) muffler system. Just regular stock, but nice to have the muddy sound from three or so rusty holes gone!
  2. Thank you for sharing this with us, Dom. I am just so sorry to hear the news. Terry has felt like such a permanent – and huge – pillar in our community, that it’s hard to believe he’s gone. I’ve truly appreciated his unique personality and his ready willingness to share his vast knowledge and skills these many years. I can only begin to imagine what his sudden passing must be like for his family and closest friends. My deepest condolences to them. RIP, Terry.
  3. Sorry I can't help with an idea for pricing, but it looks very pretty! So clean looking, and I like the contrast of white with the tinted windows. Sorry you have to sell it, but I hope it stays in the forum and you get a good price.
  4. Thank you, Terry! I don’t know for sure when the rod shifter was changed to cable (I think 1998?), and am wondering if there’s any chance the backup lamp switch for the '98-99 Contour or Mystique 2.5L w. MTX might work, or be modifiable? We haven't taken out the backup lamp switch (it’s not very easy to take off, so hoping to have the part first); but from the outside it looks like the ’98-99 switch, which is available - I pasted a couple links to pictures here: http://btsautoparts.com/products/sw-5229-motorcraft-back-up-switch-new http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/carquest
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  6. Sorry, I posted this by a mistake. Moderators, please feel free to delete it!
  7. Hello. The wheel speed sensors tested okay, and I’ve checked some wiring and grounds. Still trying to rule out whatever I can before taking off components. I’ve found a backup lamp switch issue, which is probably unrelated but I’d like rule it out. The back-up light comes on briefly when I start to back up, then goes out. If I barely hold the transmission in reverse, even lightly touching the shift knob, the backup light stays on, operating as it should. I searched here and on various other forums, but found little info. A pretty comprehensive search for the part has
  8. Hi. Years ago I replaced the trunk lifters on my '95 Contour SE, which has the small pre-'98 spoiler. I got Monroe lifters from Rockauto, and found them too stiff. They're finally loosening up a bit, but for a long time I had to have both hands free to close the trunk. I also have to make sure to not let the trunk open on its own, because it bounces at the top and could damage the hinges. Maybe I got a particularly stiff pair of Monroe lifters. In any case, they might be fine with a heavier spoiler. Sorry not to post sooner. I searched for an earlier thread I thought I'd posted on ab
  9. In the EVTM Ford manual on page 151-4, there’s a diagram of the engine bay showing an ABS Diagnostic Connector; it’s located at the inner, top front area of the wheel tower and numbered C-126. Just wondering if the following is correct: If I hook up a ground to this connector it should flash ABS codes (in the case they exist), i.e., the ABS lamp would blink out a code inside the car. If this is correct, does anyone have any other information about the procedure for this? For example, should the car be running or ignition on; and should it be temporarily or continuously grounded? I
  10. Thank you very much for the comments! Both are very helpful. We continue to troubleshoot and gather information, and I'll be posting an update soon.
  11. Hi. Here's a little more info. What’s happening is my Traction Control light sometimes comes on after driving awhile, and stays on. Upon re-start, after the engine has cooled, it operates normally for awhile. About a week ago, on a very rainy day, the TC light came on. However, this time, a bit later in the drive, the ABS light started blinking in time with the TC light – i.e., when one would flash off the other would flash on. As I drove this “light show” grew quite fast and somewhat random (though still following the one light on the other off pattern). I didn’t notice if it was re
  12. Hi. Has anyone had success reading ABS codes? Our scan tool, despite being fairly sophisticated, just can’t seem to communicate and retrieve ABS data. We think the issue is related to diagnostic standardization being developed around the time the car was manufactured (’96 Mercury Mystique LS, MTX, 2.5L). Any tips or ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Hey Mondeoman! Thank you for your compliment, though I think I have plenty of padding in my reviews, too, despite laughable attempts to be brief. Given the monsoons this winter I'm loving the Michelin Premier A/S, now they're at 35 psi. Just fantastic in the rain. I don't mind feeling a little road, and the tires have extra padding (and I'm not lacking in it, either!) so the added air works fine for me, too. The only way I can remotely afford Michelins is at Discount when the timing is right and I get both the tire and the CareCard rebates (although I'm hoping to win the lotto, too!)
  14. Oops, I had a typo in an earlier post! I’m rolling standard for my ’95 SE, at 205-60-R15. Also, per the sticker on my door, T rating is standard, but Discount always says standard for my cars is H rated, and I generally get tires with the slightly higher rating. Well, I ended up getting the Michelin Premium A/S. With a $300 credit Discount gave me for bad weather checking in my old Michelins (Pilot Exaltos that were at about half tread), and $120 in Discount/Michelin rebates, I ended up paying $220 total for tires, installation, and the added Discount warranty. Discount definitely did
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