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Old 07-12-2005, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
brittanyrose
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99 Contour won't start

Any suggestions on what could be bad.

My Contour shut off while driving down the road. Had it towed home. It
started 2 or 3 times after that and now it won't start at all. It acts
like it wants to start but won't and you can hear the fuel pump kicking on
and off..

Could it have anything to do with the ignition modular?

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 07-13-2005, 03:01   #2 (permalink)
Rob
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Re: 99 Contour won't start

brittanyrose wrote:
> Any suggestions on what could be bad.
>
> My Contour shut off while driving down the road. Had it towed home. It
> started 2 or 3 times after that and now it won't start at all. It acts
> like it wants to start but won't and you can hear the fuel pump kicking on
> and off..
>
> Could it have anything to do with the ignition modular?
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>

step one verify fuel pressure-- use a guage most auto parts stores will
have a unit you can buy.
step 2 verify spark -- most autoparts stores have a tester or you can
use an old sparkplug
if you have fuel pressure and spark check for codes and post them here
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:02   #3 (permalink)
Tom Adkins
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Re: 99 Contour won't start

Rob wrote:
> brittanyrose wrote:
>
>> Any suggestions on what could be bad.
>>
>> My Contour shut off while driving down the road. Had it towed home. It
>> started 2 or 3 times after that and now it won't start at all. It acts
>> like it wants to start but won't and you can hear the fuel pump
>> kicking on
>> and off..
>>
>> Could it have anything to do with the ignition modular?
>>
>> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>>

> step one verify fuel pressure-- use a guage most auto parts stores will
> have a unit you can buy.
> step 2 verify spark -- most autoparts stores have a tester or you can
> use an old sparkplug
> if you have fuel pressure and spark check for codes and post them here


Like Rob said, verify you have fuel pressure and spark. If it's a 2.5L then the next
place to look is the timing belt, especially if it has ~100K miles or so.
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:01   #4 (permalink)
Rob
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Re: 99 Contour won't start

Tom Adkins wrote:
> Rob wrote:
>
>> brittanyrose wrote:
>>
>>> Any suggestions on what could be bad.
>>>
>>> My Contour shut off while driving down the road. Had it towed home. It
>>> started 2 or 3 times after that and now it won't start at all. It acts
>>> like it wants to start but won't and you can hear the fuel pump
>>> kicking on
>>> and off..
>>>
>>> Could it have anything to do with the ignition modular?
>>>
>>> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>>>

>> step one verify fuel pressure-- use a guage most auto parts stores
>> will have a unit you can buy.
>> step 2 verify spark -- most autoparts stores have a tester or you can
>> use an old sparkplug
>> if you have fuel pressure and spark check for codes and post them here

>
>
> Like Rob said, verify you have fuel pressure and spark. If it's a 2.5L
> then the next place to look is the timing belt, especially if it has
> ~100K miles or so.

oh crap yah timing belt ... when you are cranking the engine does it
sound funny? like the starter whirs differently than expected?
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:01   #5 (permalink)
Big Al
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Re: 99 Contour won't start


"Rob" <rjonese.removehere.@shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:2AmBe.243539$El.137623@pd7tw1no...
> Tom Adkins wrote:
>> Rob wrote:
>>
>>> brittanyrose wrote:
>>>
>>>> Any suggestions on what could be bad.
>>>>
>>>> My Contour shut off while driving down the road. Had it towed home.
>>>> It
>>>> started 2 or 3 times after that and now it won't start at all. It acts
>>>> like it wants to start but won't and you can hear the fuel pump kicking
>>>> on
>>>> and off..
>>>>
>>>> Could it have anything to do with the ignition modular?
>>>>
>>>> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>>>>
>>> step one verify fuel pressure-- use a guage most auto parts stores will
>>> have a unit you can buy.
>>> step 2 verify spark -- most autoparts stores have a tester or you can
>>> use an old sparkplug
>>> if you have fuel pressure and spark check for codes and post them here

>>
>>
>> Like Rob said, verify you have fuel pressure and spark. If it's a 2.5L
>> then the next place to look is the timing belt, especially if it has
>> ~100K miles or so.

> oh crap yah timing belt ... when you are cranking the engine does it sound
> funny? like the starter whirs differently than expected?


The 2.5 does not have belts, uses chains. If one jumped it will set a code.

Al


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Old 07-14-2005, 06:01   #6 (permalink)
Tom Adkins
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Re: 99 Contour won't start

Big Al wrote:
> "Rob" <rjonese.removehere.@shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:2AmBe.243539$El.137623@pd7tw1no...
>
>>Tom Adkins wrote:
>>
>>>Rob wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>brittanyrose wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Any suggestions on what could be bad.
>>>>>
>>>>>My Contour shut off while driving down the road. Had it towed home.
>>>>>It
>>>>>started 2 or 3 times after that and now it won't start at all. It acts
>>>>>like it wants to start but won't and you can hear the fuel pump kicking
>>>>>on
>>>>>and off..
>>>>>
>>>>>Could it have anything to do with the ignition modular?
>>>>>
>>>>>Does anyone have any suggestions?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>step one verify fuel pressure-- use a guage most auto parts stores will
>>>>have a unit you can buy.
>>>>step 2 verify spark -- most autoparts stores have a tester or you can
>>>>use an old sparkplug
>>>>if you have fuel pressure and spark check for codes and post them here
>>>
>>>
>>> Like Rob said, verify you have fuel pressure and spark. If it's a 2.5L
>>>then the next place to look is the timing belt, especially if it has
>>>~100K miles or so.

>>
>>oh crap yah timing belt ... when you are cranking the engine does it sound
>>funny? like the starter whirs differently than expected?

>
>
> The 2.5 does not have belts, uses chains. If one jumped it will set a code.
>
> Al
>
>

Brain fart. I meant 2.0. It's common for the idler to freeze up and take out the belt.
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Old 07-14-2005, 15:01   #7 (permalink)
brittanyrose
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Re: 99 Contour won't start

The starter sounds normal. It actually sounds like it wants to start and
it almost will sometimes.

I'am checking the fuel pressure and spark this weekend.

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