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1998 Ford Contour wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 212004

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 40 mph driver side tire tread separated. Consumer had to pull over the road. Firestone, fr 440, size P185/70R14, dot:hyrv4fa3100. Dealer notified.

- Benton, LA, USA

problem #12

Apr 212002

Contour

  • miles
This is my second blow out in about a week.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 212002

Contour

  • miles
This is my second blow out in about a week.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

The tires a brakes wore prematurly causing a grinding noise. Nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 062000

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00-020; Firestone firehawk gta, P20560R15, original equipment for Ford Contour 1998 with 14,300 miles. All 4 tires cracked from tread all the way around the tire. Consumer was advised to go slow on roads, and avoid highways.

- Manistique, MI, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Aug 182000

Contour

  • miles

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

I purchased my car in June 98 and before leaving the lot the service department had to replace both of the rear tires due to defects. They could not determine the exact problem. Therefore the tires were replaced. Since then I have had to replace the front tires in Feb 2000. This was due to the tread seperation and extensive wear. At the same time I was told that the front brakes were bad and that I needed new brakes and rotors. The tires and brake job cost $481.93. Now I had 2 flat tires on the same tire within 3 weeks of each other and now the back brakes need replacing. I feel that these repairs are due to defective parts. I have already taken my car back to Ford for at least 6 manufacturer recalls. I do not feel safe driving this car. The car sensor light has been replaced and replaced but it still comes on all the time. From my resaerch on this component this could cause the air bags to engage without cause. Between the recalls, tire, and the brakes this seems to me to be a very unsafe vechile. I was thinking that the problems were normal but after having all these recalls and now the recall on some of Firestone tires I thought that I should let someone know of the problems that I've had with my car.( dot number: Tire size: P20560R15 )

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #6

May 112000

Contour

  • miles
Coil spring on the right front of car broke. Replacement of the following was necessary: Shock absorber, cb spring, D boot, bearing assemnbly, aa seat, mounting assy, halfshaft assembly, cv joint assembly, brake shoes, disc brake rotor, tires.

- Berlin Heights, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The tires a brakes wore prematurly causing a grinding noise. Nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 241999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear tires have been wearing out every 5,000 miles. 3 sets of rear tires have been changed within 15,000 miles.

- Jacksonville, TX, USA

problem #3

May 051999

Contour

  • miles

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

Two front tires where put on at 27000 miles and they wore out.

- Newburn, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 011998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Goodyear GT tire failed.

- Woodlake, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 9,000 miles tires went flat and a bubble in one tire (general tires).

- San Diego, CA, USA

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