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    1998 Ford Contour LX
  1. Name: Ford Escape XLT (2005) Date Added: 08 March 2010 - 04:43 PM Owner: wizdumb Short Description: None Provided View Vehicle
  2. Name: Ford Contour LX (1998) Date Added: 08 March 2010 - 08:41 AM Owner: wizdumb Short Description: None Provided View Vehicle
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    Man oh Man

    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
  4. ignore this, sorry for the double post, I goofed when I tried to edit.
  5. OK, well the weather has finally broke so first thing this morning, I tried blocking and jacking. However, the ground outside is still way too saturated from the snow/rain we've been getting here in southern NJ over the past couple of weeks and I just can't get a hold on the car that I am confident enough to get under. So, with that said, I decided to start taking care of some things that don't require a jack and decided to replace my valve cover gasket. This was replaced at about 120k when I was forced to take it to a shop and have the water pump/timing belt replaced when it crapped out on me
  6. Well, unfortunately, the sun left before I got home (I lack a garage, all driveway work) so I wasn't able to get under the car today. But I took the time to putz around the forum and read some more of your posts about the ATF fluid. Sounds like the stuff has some pretty detrimental effects on the MTX trannys. I hope it aint too late for mine and that this isn't the main cause of the problems I've been having with this car. Otherwise this looks to be a pretty expensive fix. Not a cool thing to think about when your laid off. I can't be taking a transmission apart in a dirt driveway. So if this
  7. Oh, well then regardless of what I find, looks like a fluid change is in order. Been laid off of work for the past 2 weeks. Atleast this car is giving me something to do. Still not at home yet to check the cables, but I will come back here as soon as I take a peek. Thanks again.
  8. Trans fluid was changed at the same place I get my quick lube service done at about 110k. I made sure that put they put the one specified, which if I remember correctly was a Mercon trans fluid. (Not at home to check the manual in the car). It was a texaco, so, without looking at reciepts and just using deduction it is more than likely Havoline ATF. I do remember looking for the Motorcraft Mercon a while back but hearing that it's no longer made but that Mercon/Dexron III were interchangeable. Which Havoline ATF meets that, so hopefully it's the right fluid. I will check the cable ends whe
  9. Well, I did a pretty decent search for a similar issue but haven't turned up anything. I have a 98 Contour LX Zetec, 5-Speed. I don't drive this car much anymore but had it out on the highway last week. As I came off my exit, and tried pulling her out of 5th to merge with traffic, the shifter wouldn't budge. I was locked in 5th and couldn't get it out of gear until it slowed down to roughly 30mph. Not fun, as the exit I was getting off of is a major interchange where people tend to drive like maniacs. Anyway, I was able to get it out of 5th and work my way back up in gears, only for the same t
  10. Thanks alot guys, I did everything that you guys suggested, cleaned and inspected the terminals, had the battery tested at autozone, it read 100% (brand new so I was actually kind of expecting that) but while I was there I shelled out 6 clams for a mega fuse and installed it as soon as I got home. Low and behold, she fires up right on the first turn of the key. I did buy a cheapy alternator when I installed the new one. It's all the NAPA in the area had at the time and I was almost 100 miles away from home, I called up every auto parts store in the area that day and that was the only alte
  11. New here, did a quick search of the forums and can't find anything relating to my problem I have a 98 Ford Contour LX (4 cyl 5 speed) and it died on me about two weeks ago while I was driving it. I determined the problem to be the alternator because it would start if jumped but eventually die again. I took the alternator out, got it tested and the test results were that it was dead. So, I got a new one and replaced it myself. Replaced the battery while I was at it as well. Car ran great for about a week and a half, but now it wont start. Before I even put the key in the ignition the power
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