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Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique, Cougar Repair & Service Manual 1995-1999

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This Chilton DIY repair and service manual covers 1995-1999 Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique and Cougar. U.S. and Canadian models.


Book Excerpt: 1995-1999 Contour, Mystique, Cougar Repair Manual

ENGINE ELECTRICAL

STARTING SYSTEM | GENERAL INFORMATION (See Figure 49)

The starting system includes the battery, starter motor, solenoid, ignition switch, circuit protection and wiring connecting the components. An inhibitor switch located in the Transmission Range (TR) sensor is included in the starting system to prevent the vehicle from being started with the vehicle in gear.

When the ignition key is turned to the START position, current flows and energizes the starter's solenoid coil. The solenoid plunger and clutch shift lever are activated and the clutch pinion engages the ring gear on the flywheel. The switch contacts close and the starter cranks the engine until it starts.

To prevent damage caused by excessive starter armature rotation when the engine starts, the starter incorporates an over-running clutch in the pinion gear.

STARTER | TESTING

VOLTAGE DROP TEST (See Figures 50 and 51)

IMPORTANT! The battery must be in good condition and fully charged prior to performing this test.

  1. Disable the ignition system by unplugging the coil pack. Verify that the vehicle will not start.
  2. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the starter B+ circuit.
  3. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
  4. If voltage reads 0.5 volts or more, there is high resistance in the starter cables or the cable ground, repair as necessary. If the voltage reading is ok proceed to the next step.
  5. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the starter M circuit.
  6. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
  7. If voltage reads 0.5 volts or more, there is high resistance in the starter. Repair or replace the starter as necessary.

DRIVE TRAIN
AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE ASSEMBLY | REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION (See Figures 77, 78, 79 and 80)
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disconnect the positive battery cable and remove the battery.
  3. On vehicles equipped with the 2.0L engine, remove the oil level dipstick and the exhaust manifold heat shield.
  4. On vehicles equipped with the 2.5L engine, remove the water pump pulley shield.
  5. Secure the radiator and fan shroud with safety wire to the radiator support.
  6. Remove the air cleaner assembly and mounting bracket.
  7. Loosen the left and right upper strut mounting nuts five turns to allow room for removal of the half shafts. Do not remove the nuts completely.
  8. Disconnect the shift cable and remove the two retaining bolts securing the shift cable bracket to the transaxle case.
  9. Disconnect the Transmission Range (TR) sensor.
  10. Remove the TR sensor.
  11. Disconnect the 10-pin harness from the transaxle.

Subject: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique, Cougar service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0801991056 | ISBN-13: 9780801991059 | Chilton 26170

TABLE of CONTENTS:

Introduction: About this manual | Introduction | Vehicle identification numbers | Maintenance techniques, tools and working facilities | Buying parts | Jacking and towing | Booster battery (jump) starting | Conversion factors | Automotive chemicals and lubricants | Safety first! | Troubleshooting

  • Tune-up and routine maintenance
  • Engine and overhaul procedures
  • Cooling, heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Fuel and exhaust systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Transmission
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Body
  • Chassis electrical system
  • Wiring diagrams

  • Publisher: Chilton Manuals
  • Pages: 266 - Hundreds of b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-8019-9105-9
  • Years: 1995 - 1999