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Nayan
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Finally got the Contour back
#1291958 - 08/02/06 02:12 PM

I believe this is my second post in this Forum. My wife had a 1996 Ford Contour that she bought brand new. We sold it to a friend of mine in 2004. He in turn sold it to another friend in 2005, then it got sold to another friend ! Now it came a full circle back to me. All these friends were in need of car and the Contour did a great job - ofcourse, it is now very tired.
Right now, it is at the Ford garage getting the flywheel replaced. Next, I need to pull some codes and see what's making the CEL stay on - guessing it is cat converter. If main cat converter is gone, is there any fix other than to replace it? Giving sucky gas mileage right now - but I see a lot of starting points in this forum and so will start checking on those.
Anyway, wanted to give you guys an update on the car.

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1996 Ford Contour GL, V6, Auto
1979 F100 5.0L
2004 F150 FX4
2002 HD 1200C
1999 HD FLSTC

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todras
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1291964 (Re: Nayan) 08/02/06 02:20 PM

Originally posted by Nayan:
it is at the Ford garage getting the flywheel replaced.




Since when do auto's have a flywheel? Do you mean flexplate?

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-'96 SE MTX 3L
-'98 SVT 1,173 of 6,535
-'05 Mazda 6s, loaded, g/f's ride
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Tony2005
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1291994 (Re: Nayan) 08/02/06 02:58 PM

Originally posted by Nayan:
... I need to pull some codes and see what's making the CEL stay on - guessing it is cat converter. If main cat converter is gone, is there any fix other than to replace it? ..



Pull the codes first. Main cat is not monitored. Should not have any codes relating to that.

If precats are shot, altenatives are mileliminators for lower O2 sensors ($30) or new precats (maybe $1500).

Get the codes first and post.

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"Always do the cheap and easy ones first."

1996 V6 ATX 96K miles


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AliasJerk™
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292007 (Re: Tony2005) 08/02/06 03:09 PM

Originally posted by Tony2005:
Originally posted by Nayan:
... I need to pull some codes and see what's making the CEL stay on - guessing it is cat converter. If main cat converter is gone, is there any fix other than to replace it? ..



Pull the codes first. Main cat is not monitored. Should not have any codes relating to that.

If precats are shot, altenatives are mileliminators for lower O2 sensors ($30) or new precats (maybe $1500).

Get the codes first and post.





gut them precats

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98 Corolla LE 1.8L DOHC 1ZZFE
TEIN H.Tech Springs
Tokico HP series Struts
Short ram air intake
Tsudo Axel Back Exhaust

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TourDeForce
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292028 (Re: AliasJerk™) 08/02/06 03:32 PM

Originally posted by AliasJerk™:
Originally posted by Tony2005:
Originally posted by Nayan:
... I need to pull some codes and see what's making the CEL stay on - guessing it is cat converter. If main cat converter is gone, is there any fix other than to replace it? ..



Pull the codes first. Main cat is not monitored. Should not have any codes relating to that.

If precats are shot, altenatives are mileliminators for lower O2 sensors ($30) or new precats (maybe $1500).

Get the codes first and post.





gut them precats


Either on car, or buy modded ones from a member for under $100.

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Must be that jumbly-wumbly thing happening again.

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jtour
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292077 (Re: TourDeForce) 08/02/06 04:47 PM

Man that car has been around the block!


Sweet story on how the contique came back to the first owner.



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"Do what you like, Because you have to drive it!"-Me

99 Contour LX
95 Mustang GT Convertible
97 Z24 Cavalier

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JeSiZZle
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292111 (Re: Nayan) 08/02/06 05:08 PM

i can do a cafax for you just to see how much of a whore that car is!

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05 Chevy Colorado z71 4x4 *for sale*
97 Honda Accord 4door track whore *12.9 N/A* (blown and wrecked)
97 Honda Accord 4 door
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Nayan
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292940 (Re: JeSiZZle) 08/03/06 04:02 PM

I meant the flexplate. Saw that it got tooth grounded off due when replacing the starter.

I will pull cats once I get the car back from the dealer, who is putting the new flexplate.

What is this milelimniator? Can anyone throw some light?

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1996 Ford Contour GL, V6, Auto
1979 F100 5.0L
2004 F150 FX4
2002 HD 1200C
1999 HD FLSTC

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JeSiZZle
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292959 (Re: Nayan) 08/03/06 04:33 PM

search google for it...

it eliminates bad o2 sensor readings on aftermarket exhaust systems.

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05 Chevy Colorado z71 4x4 *for sale*
97 Honda Accord 4door track whore *12.9 N/A* (blown and wrecked)
97 Honda Accord 4 door
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BrApple
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292960 (Re: JeSiZZle) 08/03/06 04:34 PM

Originally posted by JeSiZZle:
search google for it...

it eliminates bad o2 sensor readings on aftermarket exhaust systems.





not exactly

a mil eliminator will eliminate the pre cat codes, which on the contour are P0420 and P0430. you will still get O2 and cat monitoring codes and there for still need working sensors with mil eliminators

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- 95 Mystique LS - Zetec/5spd
- 99 Contour SeVT Sport - Duratec/5spd

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Tony2005
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1292977 (Re: BrApple) 08/03/06 04:58 PM

To clarify,

With aftermarket exhaust systems.....

Originally posted by BrApple-SeVT:
... you will still get O2 and cat monitoring codes and there for still need working sensors with mil eliminators




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"Always do the cheap and easy ones first."

1996 V6 ATX 96K miles


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LUCA
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1293054 (Re: jtour) 08/03/06 07:04 PM

Originally posted by jtour:
Man that car has been around the block!


Sweet story on how the contique came back to the first owner.






That's pretty cool that you now have the car back.

Welcome Nayan.

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Phil


98 Silver Frost #2059


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Nayan
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Posts: 6
Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1293096 (Re: LUCA) 08/03/06 07:52 PM

Yes, glad to have the car back.

One other question - maybe a dumb one - how necessary is to have a lift to work on this car? It kind of scares me a little seeing everything packed so tight. I am used to working on old cars and pickup truck, which have a lot of space to work.


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1996 Ford Contour GL, V6, Auto
1979 F100 5.0L
2004 F150 FX4
2002 HD 1200C
1999 HD FLSTC

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Tony2005
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Re: Finally got the Contour back new
#1293128 (Re: Nayan) 08/03/06 08:18 PM

Most of us don't have access to a lift. Ramps or jack stands.

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"Always do the cheap and easy ones first."

1996 V6 ATX 96K miles


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