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8.8

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,650 miles

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1998 Ford Contour electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #20

May 112003

Contour 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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

1) A/C blower shut off and upon investigation a 60 amp fuse broke under the fuse box in the front of the car under the engine hood were damaged. And further inspection showed several open wires coming from the battery and one comming from the fuse box which is believed to have caused the fuse to break. 2) notified by 2 different auto-electrical repair shops they had seen simular damage and informed me off the costs of a replacement wiring harness and labor which ranged from $3800 - $4400. Checking other various web sites showed a lot more people with the same problems which ranged from fires to having to drive with broken fuses or having to pay high amounts to replace it. 3) doing preventative maintentence by cleaning area and spraying a high base in the area to prevent further damage caused by exposed wires to the elements on a weekly bases till I can afford such a large repair and not replacing a fuse which controls my blower and ABS.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #19

Oct 181998

Contour

  • miles
Intermittently vehicle brake lights and turn signal lights will not operate when vehicle ran over a bump or pothole. Vehicle been to the dealer on five occasions, and problem is still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Witchita, KS, USA

problem #18

Oct 181998

Contour

  • miles
Intermittently vehicle brake lights and turn signal lights will not operate when vehicle ran over a bump or pothole. Vehicle been to the dealer on five occasions, and problem is still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Witchita, KS, USA

problem #17

Oct 202001

Contour

  • miles

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

Turn signal/brake lamps burn out very frequently (once every month or two). In mid-October, the turn signal burned out, and changing the bulb did not remedy the problem. Car was taken to the dealer to be repaired. Dealer said that part of the fitting that the tail lamp plugs into had melted, thus shorting out the circuit and resulting in failure of the signal.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #16

Oct 202001

Contour

  • miles
Turn signal/brake lamps burn out very frequently (once every month or two). In mid-October, the turn signal burned out, and changing the bulb did not remedy the problem. Car was taken to the dealer to be repaired. Dealer said that part of the fitting that the tail lamp plugs into had melted, thus shorting out the circuit and resulting in failure of the signal.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #15

Nov 162001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
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 #14

Oct 011998

Contour

  • miles

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

Electrical short in passenger's side turn signal. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #13

Sep 011998

Contour

  • miles
Passenger's side rear turn signal has an electrical short in wiring that causes bulbs to constantly be replaced. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Ashen, GA, USA

problem #12

Jun 202001

Contour

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #11

May 152001

Contour

  • miles
The short caused the dashboard lighting and backlights not to function.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #10

May 112001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Fuse box melted due to a loose wire. Dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #9

Jan 302001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Had to slam on brakes suddenly/ABS light came on, and fuse between blower and heater popped out. This happened every time brakes were applied suddenly. Would have no codes. Would put 80 amps fuse in & same thing happened. Heater motor wold still be running & ABS light on. Front end brakes would lock up. Back brakes did not work.

- Louis Run, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 172000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
I am very displeased with the Ford Contour. About 2 month after I purchased my car I had to have the brake pads replaced, then replaced again after that. I've had several recalls on the car, not to mention all the other headaches I've dealt with. I'm really considering not to ever buy another Ford car, this has been the worst car I've ever owned

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 212000

Contour

  • miles
Fusebox: Bought car in July 1999, had to have three recalls fixed, one of them was on the air bag sensor, we went and had one of the recalls corrected, the next week we were scheduled to have the remaining two finish, on Wednesday of that week the air conditioner stopped working while we were driving home from work, we had the mechanic check it that Friday when they fixed the air bag sensor, the mechanic said the fuse box was broken and needed to be replaced, he replaced the fuse box (free of charge) and we went on our way, then on 8/14/2000 as we were again driving home from work on the expressway at about 55 the air conditioner died again, we read through the car manual and found the correct fuses to the blower motor and A/C, we changed those fuses, that didn't fix the problem, we then changed the relays, (which were very hard to get replacements for), that didn' T fix it either, finally we took it to a Ford dealer and had them chack it, they said there was a fuse in the front (which the owners manual said should only be changed by an authorized Ford mechanic) that had blown and when it did it fused the fuse to the connector and that the entire fuse box would have to be replaced, this time at a cost of over $400 tires: We have just had to replace two Firestone firehawk gta P205/60R15 90T M+S tires because the tread was coming away from the sidewall at the seem, it was so bad there were small flaps of the tread that stuck straight out like someone had peel a banana.( dot number: Tire size: P205/60R15 )

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

May 012000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The fuse to turn signals continue to blow, and there is no warning until attemped to use the signal. Dealer has been contacted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer in May 2000 for shift indicator problem recall. The vehicle was returned to the dealer again several times because the problem continued and approximnately 12 fuses blew over all.

- St. Francisville, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 142000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Intermittently when horn blows there is a burnt wire smell, and the horn becomes inoperable. Dealer has been notified.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 051999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
60 amp mega fuse blew, this caused anti lock failure, light and ventilation/heater/defroster failure. Nlm

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 211998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuse for computer failed.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 151999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Hertford, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 081999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Fuse box can be opened and the fuses can not be reached. Dealer states that's the way it was installed.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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