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  1. I have a black 2k Csvt, 125k miles, apparently the Trans needs to be pulled to determine what's wrong (clutch, flywheel, trans). To replace flywheel & clutch is $2.5k. I stopped at a red light, heard a snap and when I tried to go, I couldn't. The shifter seems to go through the gears (I feel the typical resistance shifting), but seemingly, no engagement with the engine to the wheels. Maybe some slight movement possibly exhaust thrust 🙄.
    Any thoughts? Not sure the car is worth fixing.
    Merrimack Valley, MA area.

  2. Hi, I have a parking brake assembly failure and need to replace it.  Cables are new, but I believe a new assembly from ford includes the short cable from the brake lever to the connecting plate for the left and Right cables.  That assembly is no longer available from Ford.  Does anyone have a source or a used assembly?  Used parts yards in my area have scrapped all their Contour cars.  I do have the Ford part # P8RZ2780DA

    I did see some replacement assemblies on Ebay but not sure if they would be an acceptable replacement.

    If interested, I have a 2000 SVT, Black in the Northwest/Merrimack Valley area of Boston.


  3. Doesn't sound so good. How difficult is it to remove the tower, and I believe it's not in 5th, (prob in 3rd or 4th) which I guess complicates this. Also what is the cost to replace the bolt with the method you recommend?


    I guess if I keep this car, it would be better replacing the transmission as I believe the 5th gear scyncos are going ( I think)


    Any tricks to finding the bolt head in the transmission without removing it & shaking it upside down? :-)


    Thanks again for your comments.

  4. 98 Contour, 2.5 mtx. All of a sudden I can not shift my trans. It's stuck in I believe 4th. The shifter just shift into all the gears w/out pressing the clutch, though the clutch still works and engages/disengages the trans from the motor.


    I looked below & the tran levers are moving as the shifter goes through the gears; just doesn't do anything.


    The car has 160k, engine is fine though the past few months I have to be carefull as I shift into 5th, as I hear the gears clash. Just recently, 4th gear started to do the same thing, though only if I tried shifting quickly.


    I suspect a new tran is needed, but not sure it's worth it.


    Though the car feels like it runs quite well, along with this, I believe the right front wheel bearing also needs to be replaced & the check engine light is illunminated, I had the codes but can't find them right now. I'm pretty sure an O2 sensor bank 1 & 2.


    Any comment would be appreciated



  5. Thanks, Terry.

    This is truly embarrising, but when I looked at the fuse box chart in the manual, it never occured to me the Main Lights meant headlamps. Especially when there were fuses for lo-beams, hi-beams, fogs in the engine compartment fuse box.

    When I looked up the trouble shooting sequence from the Ford Service program, it said to check fuse # 26. Recalling the hi fuse #'s are in the cabin fuse box. I replaced that fuse & everything is works!

    Thanks for your help.


  6. All of a sudden, the headlights (low & hi) & fogs are out, but the parking lights work as do courtesy & intrument lights. The fuses are ok & the relays are ok & the switch is ok. I have a 98 SE w/ fogs & swapped hLight switch & relays that work in the 98, but won't make the lights work in the 97. Bulbs are also ok.

    Not sure what else to check. All other electronics work.

    A day ago I did short the trunk light (trying to put it back into the slot) & that blew the fuse to the radio which I replaced. That's the only event that I can think of that may have done this.


    I crossed the Red (power wire w/ BU/Org stripe, and the Hi beam goes on.


    Is there something else that would cause this?




    (97 Contour Sport 4cyc mtx)

  7. I've been having problems w/ starting & sometimes the car dying. I've found its because of a poor connection at the Pos Battery post w/ the harness plate (not the main Pos cable) becoming excessivley corroded. For a long time the cables attaching onto the plate have lost thier insulation coating. Not crazy about this as the copper cables are exposed to each other, but not overly concerned as they are attached to the same plate. But, it seems therea a large amount of corrosion at this point & I assume theres also a fair amount of current to deterioate the insulation.


    Anyone have thoughts as to why there is so much corrosion? How I can fix this?


  8. Had the the MTX in my 97 Contour swapped w/ a 95 from a "Recycle Yard" (both rod). Now the shifter in 5 & R is off. The neutral position between 5&R is a bit forward of the 1-4 neutral position & I need to pull up on the lock-out to get into & out of 5th. Is this due to some adjustment in the rods? or a problem in the "new" MTX? Is there something that can be adjusted or get another MTX?


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