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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Contour AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 142002

Contour

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Blower not working already replaced with recall out again. Air conditioning repaired and replaced twice going out again. Making sounds like before like bearings going out.

- Dekalb, MO, USA

problem #18

Jul 012001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the heater core is inoperative, will not blow out heat, took vehicle to dealer, and repaired it, but problem still exists. Third time that problem has occurred, the problem is with the heater / air conditioner blower switch only operates on high speed. *

- Petersburg, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 212001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light remained illuminated on dash, and brake fluid was leaking. Dealer has replaced rear brake pressure control valve. The consumer stated that the breaks were fine now since replacing the defective brake valve. The blower motor had no 3rd speed due to blower motor switch failure. It was replaced by the dealer. The vehicle takes fuel very slow due to fuel pipe flapper valve failure.

- South Charlston, OH, USA

problem #16

Nov 162001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The wiring of the main fuse panel crystalizes due to excessive heat from the engine compartment which causes a breakage in the wiring and the wiring to overheat. This has manifested itself by causing air conditioner blower motor not to work. The wiring gets extremely hot when this happens. I know of other Contour that have experienced this same problem.

- Dale, TX, USA

problem #15

Jun 011999

Contour

  • miles
Air conditioner unit gives out a musty and mildew odor. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Soquel, CA, USA

problem #14

May 061999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First day car was bought engine died, took to dealer, and they gave consumer another Contour. Currently, vehcile will shut off in middle of intersection. Dealer replaced transmission, and engine was acting up. Consumer states vehicle has been in 3 times for transmission problems, it jerks and vibrates, consumer does not think that dealer replaced transmission like they said. 1 time for engine problems. Consumer has been in 2 accidents due to sudden acceleration. Front sway bar replaced, steering would shimmy and rattle. Blower motor assembly replaced, due to rattling noise in air conditioner, also cycling switch replaced due to air conditioner not cooling. Left front seat belt buckle assembly replaced, belt would not buckle. Starter failed and was replaced. Engine light illuminated, dealer found loose connection at act. Rear struts replaced, noisy.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #13

May 141998

Contour

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A/C not cold enough due to faulty seal O-rings at the evaporator top and lower line outlet. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #12

May 141998

Contour

  • miles
A/C not cold enough due to faulty seal O-rings at the evaporator top and lower line outlet. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #11

May 042000

Contour

  • miles
A/C heater blower constantly blowing on and off. Wire shows evidence of burning. When wire is jiggled it may or may not turn the blower back on. Experienced a complete outage begining 12/12/00 and still will not come on resulting in no heat or A/C in my car.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #10

May 141998

Contour

  • miles
A/C not cold enough due to faulty seal O-rings at the evaporator top and lower line outlet. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer smells a musty odor when using the A/C. nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 212000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
I was in transit to replace my braking system for the second time in 6 months when my transmission failed. My 'check engine' light stays on and the car now stalls when in a stopped position at a traffic light. These issues, amongst a list of other major failures has occurred in the last 2.5 years of ownership of this lemon ( complete A/C system has been replaced, complete fuel system has been replaced, window motor has been replaced, etc.). neither the Ford manufacturer or dealerships have responded, agreed or offered any investigation, correction, compensation or assistance in response to these previously written and verbal matters, and legal action will commence. The issues listed in this table are only the recent (last 3 months), and do not include the montage of problems in the last 2 years, some of which are mentioned in the comments section.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 172000

Contour

  • miles
Took vehicle to dealer to have problem resolved, gave info on tsb about problem absolutelly nothing was done to vehicle. Cable assembly at blower resistor melted while A/C was running earlier this afternoon. Will definitely have a discussion with dealer tomorrow. There are two tsb's on blower motors in the 98 Contour. Why doesn't the dealers know how to check to see if they apply to a particular vehicle. I informed the asst service manager of the tsb's on my vehicle 99M07 & 99M08 both of which deal with blower and blower resistor problems. Seems my trip to gary smith this date was a waste of time and almost a waste of my vehicle. There could have easily been an electrical fire due to the overheating cable assembly and blower resistor. Maybe NHTSA can help resolve this problem before someone gets hurt!!!!

- Valparaiso, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer smells a musty odor when using the A/C. nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 291999

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the left & the air conditioning unit has a musk smell.

- Riverfall, WI, USA

problem #4

May 241998

Contour

  • miles
Fuel system. Air condition valve.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 011999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner wires burned out and left a bad odor within vehicle.

- Goochland, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 151999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Hertford, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 271998

Contour

  • miles
The air conditioner does not flow air from the vents like it should. Has taken vehicle to the dealer at least 3 different times. Problem cannot be found.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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