Re: 1995 Ford Contour GL 2.0
On Wed, 11 Jan 2006 22:05:51 -0500, "El Bandito"
>When cold (ie, around 0 degrees, colder it's even worse), the valves sound
>like a bad diesel engine. I understand this is an DOHC engine, and the oil
>might need to get up there, but it's ridiculous. When warm, whenever I'm at
>a stop light (auto tranny), the engine sputters, and gets worse when I use
>the lighter or the defrost (sounds like either the alternator is not giving
>out enought voltage/current, or the ignition wires/plugs are in need of a
>Any ideas? I've already spent *WAY* too much on that car.
Idea's? Low /no oil pressure when cold (try changing with 0W50
synthetic, putting in new bearings, lifters and oil pump/filter).
As for low voltage and stumbling.. you might want to get your idle
With regards to spending money on a car... Are you sure it got spent
on your car, and not on the service managers girlfriends?
In the late 1980's we fixed at least 10 "dead" 305's by putting in
either new fuel pumps or replacing broken valve springs. Most garages
would just tell the customer they needed a new engine instead of
properly diagnosing the problem.
If you're going to keep the car I would get a good garage to do a
proper tune up and oil change.
If not, don't worry and swap it for something better.