Re: 98 Contour 2.0 Zetec Auto: not starting
OK, this is what I found out today.
unplug the coolant sensor (on top of the thermostat housing, btw - coolant sensor works properly) hold accelerator pedal to floor and car will start. Rough idle, but it will start. Plug coolant sensor back in and idle smooths right out.
unplug coolant sensor, short across wiring harness to make sensor believe car is hot and car will start. Again ... rough, but it starts. Plug the sensor back in and engine smooths right out.
What could cause this ... not starting with the coolant sensor plugged in?