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murky024
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New Contour Owner
#1299859 - 08/14/06 12:58 AM

Alright well I just wanted to say hi to everyone and introduce myself... My name is Mark and I just bought a '95 Ford Contour SE... It is pretty nice but I do have a few problems that I figured you regulars could help me out with.

First I notice a little bit of binding in the steering wheel when the car is warming up and it hasn’t been driven more than a couple miles... After a few miles it clears up and acts natural... I assume this may be related to the control arm bushings needing to be replaced. (a friend that owns a Contour said factory ones are known for it)

Second: The transmission shifts really hard into 2nd no matter how hard I am on the gas... I would assume its a pressure control solenoid and that a good flush or fluid change would clear up the issue. (Opinions?)

Thank you all for your help.

Mark

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2000 Grand Prix GTP (best 1/4 mile 13.87 @ 100)
1995 Contour SE (Faster than the GTP because it doesn't have a chipped piston)

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Tony2005
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1299865 (Re: murky024) 08/14/06 01:07 AM

Welcome Mark . First things first, what engine, how many miles and what tranny (auto or manual).

The hard steering could be due to dirty Power steering fluid (a good flush would help).

As for the hard shift to 2nd, if it is an auto, change the ATFluid and Turbine Shaft Speed Sensor.

ATFluid drain and refill in Transaxle FAQ

Turbine Shaft Speed sensor issue.
http://www.contour.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=tranny&Number=257675&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&fpart=1&vc=1
and this
http://www.contour.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=trouble&Number=1030582&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&fpart=all&vc=1

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"Always do the cheap and easy ones first."

1996 V6 ATX 96K miles


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murky024
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1299890 (Re: Tony2005) 08/14/06 01:53 AM

Oh, sorry about not mentioning the mileage... It has 79k on it... I think that is good for a '95... It is an auto... I wish it was a manual, that would make this car a lot more fun.
I will do a fluid change on the tranny and change the TSS while I am down there. Thanks for the help.

Also, the steering isnt hard it just has a two bind points. It gets bound when turning the wheel to the left or right from center. But it only does this when the car hasnt been on the road. After I get a mile or two own the road the points where the wheel would bind dont catch it... Also I do notice a sound when it happens so I will check it out when I am under the car draining the transmission and changing the TSS.

Thanks again for the help everyone...

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2000 Grand Prix GTP (best 1/4 mile 13.87 @ 100)
1995 Contour SE (Faster than the GTP because it doesn't have a chipped piston)

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Tony2005
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1299916 (Re: murky024) 08/14/06 02:39 AM

Check for wheel bearing or ball joint/tie rod issues.

Jack up the car. Place on jack stands.

Grasp wheel at 12 and 6 o'clock and push in and out. If there is excessive movement, most probably suspect wheel bearing. Confirm with someone stepping on the brakes. If the wheel bearings are the culprit, there should not be any movement now.


Grasp wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock and push in and out - If there is excessive movement, suspect tie-rod/ball joint. To confirm, push/pull on tie-rod/ball joint.



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1996 V6 ATX 96K miles


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Mystique97
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1299919 (Re: Tony2005) 08/14/06 02:44 AM

Welcome, and 79K is damn good for a 95 I'm impressed. My car has almost 83K on it and its a 97.

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Jason G.
1997 Mercury Mystique GS ZETEC ATX
Born: 11/96

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murky024
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1300053 (Re: Tony2005) 08/14/06 11:41 AM

Is there any place I should get parts? I know for all the electronics on my Grand Prix I will go through a dealer to get AC Delco just because that is what the car prefers. But could I just go to Advance Auto or Pepboys to get the parts I am going to need for the TSS?

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2000 Grand Prix GTP (best 1/4 mile 13.87 @ 100)
1995 Contour SE (Faster than the GTP because it doesn't have a chipped piston)

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Tony2005
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1300225 (Re: murky024) 08/14/06 04:54 PM

Originally posted by murky024:
... But could I just go to Advance Auto or Pepboys to get the parts I am going to need for the TSS?



I don't think they have TSS in stock. Go with a local dealer or www.teamfordparts.com

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FavoriteMystaque
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1300570 (Re: Tony2005) 08/15/06 01:33 AM

Fords like Ford OEM parts Especially Contours and Mystiques.

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LUCA
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1300574 (Re: FavoriteMystaque) 08/15/06 01:36 AM

Mark, welcome to the CEG.

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98 Silver Frost #2059


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murky024
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Re: New Contour Owner new
#1300804 (Re: LUCA) 08/15/06 12:23 PM

Thank you all for the warm welcome... A friend of mine who recommended I buy a Contour told me about this site and you all have been very helpful. I am sure this place will be a great resource in helping me get my car into tip-top shape.


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1995 Contour SE (Faster than the GTP because it doesn't have a chipped piston)

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