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Page Cleaning the instrument panel Clean the instrument panel with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Page Traces of grease, silicone and fuel prevent wiper blades from functioning properly. Passenger compartment fuse panel below instrument panel Relay Circuit switched Maintenance and care Cleaning plastic exterior parts Use a vinyl cleaner for routine cleaning of plastic. The color green must appear in the indicator window on each tongue when buckled.

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1998 Ford Contour Owners Manual

Pull the bulb out and replace it. Foglamps if equipped 1. Turn the bulb counterclockwise and pull it out of the light assembly. Remove the electrical connector.

Fit the new bulb in reverse order do not touch the glass part of the bulb. Disconnect the electrical connector. Turn the socket counterclockwise and pull it out.

Turn the bulb counterclockwise and pull it out. To install, fit the new bulb in reverse order. Backup lamps The backup lamps are located in the trunk lid. Maintenance and care High-mounted brake lamp Enter the rear seat compartment. Remove the high mounted stop lamp assembly. Remove the red bulb cover. Remove inoperative stop lamp bulb. To install, fit the new bulb in reverse sequence. On vehicles equipped with a rear spoiler, the high-mounted brake lamp is included in the spoiler. Maintenance and care Interior lamps with reading lamps if equipped Remove the clip located on lens to access the center bulb.

To replace the reading lamp bulbs, remove the two retaining screws to access the back of the lamp. Then, unclip the bulb covers and replace the bulb. Maintenance and care You will need one 7 mm box wrench, open end wrench or T Torx drive. Adjusting the horizontal aim 1. Maintenance and care Adjusting the vertical aim The numbers shown on the vial indicate beam direction in degrees up or down. Make sure the vehicle is on level ground. With the hood open, locate the bubble level vertical aim indicator, and adjusting screw.

Wash your vehicle regularly with cold or lukewarm water. Never use strong detergents or soap. If your vehicle is particularly dirty, use a quality car wash detergent. Maintenance and care During winter months, it is especially important to wash the vehicle on a regular basis.

Large quantities of dirt and road salt are difficult to remove, and they also cause damage to the vehicle. Remove or lower any exterior accessories, such as antennas, before entering a car wash. Maintenance and care Repairing paint chips Minor scratches or paint damage from road debris may be repaired with touch-up paint, paint repair foil or aerosol spray from the Ford accessories line. Observe the application instructions on the products.

Maintenance and care Cleaning the engine Engines are more efficient when they are clean because grease and dirt buildup act as insulators and keep the engine warmer than normal. Follow these guidelines to clean your engine: Maintenance and care Cleaning plastic exterior parts Use a vinyl cleaner for routine cleaning of plastic. Clean with a tar remover if necessary. Do not clean plastic parts with thinners, solvents or petroleum-based cleaners. Cleaning the exterior lamps Wash the exterior lamps with the same detergent you use to wash the exterior of your vehicle.

Cleaning the instrument panel Clean the instrument panel with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Any cleaner or polish that increases the gloss of the upper portion of the instrument panel should be avoided. The dull finish in this area is to help protect the driver from undesirable windshield reflection. Cleaning and caring for your vehicle Refer to the Customer assistance chapter for a list of Ford-approved cleaners, polishes and waxes.

The VIN tag may be seen by looking through the windshield from the outside of the vehicle. Ford offers a complimentary roadside assistance program. This program is separate from the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The service is available: Plan Ford ESP coverage.

Getting the service you need At home Ford Motor Company and Ford of Canada have authorized dealerships to service your vehicle. When you need warranty repairs your selling dealer would like you to return to it for that service, but Consumer candidates for Board membership are recruited and trained by an independent consulting firm. The dealership Board member is chosen from Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealership management, recognized for their business leadership qualities.

What the Board needs To have your case reviewed you The decisions of the Board are binding on Ford and, in some cases, on the dealer but not on consumers who are free to pursue other remedies available to them under state or federal law.

If you are in another foreign country, contact the nearest Ford dealership. If the dealership employees cannot help you, they can direct you to the nearest Ford affiliate office. If you buy your vehicle in North America and then relocate outside of the U. These quality accessories have been specifically engineered to fulfill your automotive needs; they are custom designed to complement the style and aerodynamic appearance of your vehicle.

Customer assistance Travel equipment Console Console armrest Daytime running lights Factory luggage rack Factory luggage rack adapters Fog lights Framed luggage covers Heavy-duty battery Neutral towing transfer case kit Explorer 4.

To order the publications in this portfolio in Canada Make cheques payable to: Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. Index Accessory position on the ignition Index Child safety restraints built-in child seat Index Engine oil changing oil and filter.. Index Maintenance see Servicing Manual transaxle backing up reverse..

Safety belts see Safety restraints Safety chains, when towing a trailer Also See for Contour Workshop manual - 10 pages Workshop manual - 5 pages. Page of Go. Seating and safety restraints. Reporting safety defects U. Add to my manuals Add. Ford Contour Workshop Manual 5 pages. Ford motor company ford f owner's guide 14 pages. Automobile Ford Escort Owner's Manual Ford motor company ford escort owner's guide pages.

Ford motor company ford f owner's guide pages. Ford motor company ford explorer owner's guide pages. Ford motor company ford ranger owner's guide pages. Summary of Contents for Ford Contour Page 1: Page 7 Charging system Briefly illuminates when the ignition is turned on and the engine is off.

Page 9 If the light stays on for more than three 3 seconds after the ignition is turned to the ON position or stays on continuously while you are driving, have the traction control system checked by a qualified technician as soon as possible.

Page 11 Instrumentation The check engine indicator light illuminates when the ignition is first turned to the ON position to check the bulb. Page 13 Low fuel Illuminates when the fuel tank has approximately eight liters two gallons remaining. Page 15 Have the system checked by your dealer or qualified technician before continuing your journey. Page 17 Instrumentation Testing the warning and indicator lights and chimes Turn the ignition key to the on position without starting the engine.

Page 19 Tachometer if equipped Indicates the engine speed in revolutions per minute rpm. Page 21 Foglamp control if equipped Pull out the control while the headlamps are on to turn the foglamps on. Page 23 Controls and features Panel dimmer control Adjust the control to vary the intensity of the panel lighting.

Page 24 Controls and features Climate control system Your vehicle has one of the following climate control systems: Page 27 Manual heating and air conditioning system if equipped Fan speed control Controls the volume of air circulated in the vehicle. Page 33 Controls and features Electronic stereo radio with cassette Electronic stereo radio Page 36 Controls and features Power control Press the control to turn the audio system on or off. Page 39 Controls and features Scan function The scan function works in radio and CD mode if equipped.

Page 40 Controls and features Setting memory preset stations 1. Page 41 Controls and features 2. Page 43 Controls and features Speaker fade adjust Speaker sound distribution can be adjusted between the front and rear speakers.

Page 48 Controls and features Troubleshooting the CD Player The laser beam used in the compact disc player is harmful to the eyes. Page 54 Controls and features Hazard flasher control Use only in an emergency to warn traffic of vehicle breakdown or approaching danger. Page 56 Controls and features Windshield wipers and washer Wipers Lift the windshield wiper lever to the desired speed interval.

Page 63 Safety switch Move the switch to the left to prevent passengers from operating the windows. Page 65 Controls and features Fuel pump shut-off switch For information on the fuel pump shut-off switch, refer to Fuel pump shut-off switch in the Roadside emergencies chapter.

Page 68 Controls and features To replace the batteries: Page 70 Controls and features Functional check When the ignition is switched on, the control light will illuminate for approximately three seconds to indicate that the system is operating correctly. Page 71 Controls and features Spare key programming A maximum of 8 keys in all can be coded with any two coded keys.

Page 73 Seating and safety restraints Adjusting the power seats if equipped Move the relevant control in the respective direction to adjust the seat as follows: Page 74 Seating and safety restraints Folding rear seats if equipped Pull the release knob located in the luggage compartment. Page 76 Seating and safety restraints Using safety restraints properly Combination lap and shoulder belt Insert the tongue into the slot in the buckle to fasten. Page 77 Seating and safety restraints Vehicle sensitive emergency locking mode The vehicle sensitive mode is the normal retractor mode which locks the belts in response to vehicle movement.

Page 78 Seating and safety restraints Using automatic locking mode The automatic locking mode must be used when installing a child safety seat in any passenger seat.

Page 79 Front seat safety belt height adjustment Position the shoulder belt height adjuster so that the belt rests across the middle of your shoulder. Page 81 Seating and safety restraints Conditions of operation If the driver safety belt is not buckled before the ignition key is turned to on, the safety belt indicator illuminates for minutes and the warning chime sounds for seconds.

Care Of Safety Belts Seating and safety restraints Care of safety belts Periodically check the belts for damage or fraying. Page 86 Seating and safety restraints Several air bag system components get hot after inflation.

Page 87 Determining if the system is operational The SRS uses a readiness light in the instrument cluster or a secondary warning light to indicate the condition of the system. Page 88 Seating and safety restraints Disposal of air bags and air bag equipped vehicles For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped vehicles, see your local dealership or a qualified technician. Page 90 Seating and safety restraints Important child restraint precautions You are required by law to use safety restraints for children in the U.

Page 91 Seating and safety restraints Children and safety belts Children who are too large for child safety seats as specified by the child safety seat manufacturer should always wear safety belts. Page 92 Seating and safety restraints To improve the fit of lap and shoulder belts on children who have outgrown child safety seats, Ford recommends use of a belt- positioning booster seat that is labelled as conforming to all federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Page 93 Built-in child seats Built-in child safety seat if equipped The rear seat may include a built-in child seat. Page 94 Seating and safety restraints Child seat interlock safety feature The interlock ensures that a child is not placed in the integrated child seat when the folding seatback is not securely latched.

Page 96 Seating and safety restraints 3. Page 98 If the child seat was in use during a collision, Ford recommends replacing it. Page 99 Ford recommends the use of a child safety seat having a top tether strap. Page Seating and safety restraints Installing child safety seats in combination lap and shoulder belt seat positions 1. Page Seating and safety restraints 4. Page Seating and safety restraints 8. Page Tether anchor hardware Tether anchor hardware kits part number D74 , including instructions, may be obtained at no charge from any Ford or Lincoln- Mercury dealer.

Page Do not start your vehicle in a closed garage or in other enclosed areas. Page Starting Improve vehicle ventilation by keeping all air inlet vents clear of snow, leaves, and other debris. Page Starting If starting a vehicle with an automatic transaxle: Page Driving Parking brake To engage the parking brake: Page Driving Switching off traction control If you become stuck in snow or on a slippery road surface, try switching off the traction control system by pressing the switch.

Page Driving Speed sensitive power steering if equipped The steering system is speed sensitive. Page The console-mounted gearshift will lock when you turn the key to the lock position. Page Driving Manual transaxle if equipped Vehicles equipped with a manual transaxle have a starter interlock that prevents cranking the engine unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed.

Page Driving Recommended shift speeds 2. Page Parking 1. Page Driving 4. Page It is extremly dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle.

Page kg 1 lb trailer. Page Driving Follow these guidelines to ensure safe towing procedure: Page Driving Using a hitch Do not use hitches that: Page Driving Using trailer brakes Use electric brakes or manual, automatic or surge type hydraulic brakes that meet federal and local regulations.

Page Roadside emergencies If you see or smell fuel, do not reset the switch or try to start your vehicle. Page Roadside emergencies Power distribution box To check or replace a fuse or a relay, remove the cover of the fuse box in the engine compartment by releasing the latch 1 and lifting A blown fuse can be identified by a break in the wire.

Page A blown fuse can be identified by a break in the wire. Page Standard fuse amperage ratings and colors Fuse rating 3 amp 7. Page When driving with a temporary spare tire: Page Roadside emergencies Tire changing procedure Removing a tire 1. Page Roadside emergencies Replacing a tire 1. Page Roadside emergencies 3. Page Roadside emergencies 2.

Page Do not connect the end of the second cable to the negative - terminal of the battery to be jumped. Page Roadside emergencies 5. Maintenance And Care If your vehicle requires professional service, your Ford dealership can provide necessary parts and service. Page Precautions when servicing your vehicle Be especially careful when inspecting or servicing your vehicle. Page Maintenance and care Working with engine off automatic transaxle 1.

Page Working with engine on automatic transaxle 1. Page Maintenance and care 2. Page Do not use supplemental engine oil additives, oil treatments or engine treatments. Page Maintenance and care 6. Page Refer to the maintenance guide and or service guide for additional information.

Page Engine coolant maintenance Checking and adding engine coolant Check the level of the coolant in the reservoir at least once a month. Page Ford recommends Ford Premium Cooling System Fluid, which is an optimized formula that will protect all metals and rubber elastomers used in Ford engines for four years or 80 km 50 miles.

Page Recycled engine coolant Ford Motor Company recommends that Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers use recycled engine coolant produced by Ford-approved processes.

Page Maintenance and care Adding engine coolant 1. Page Maintenance and care Automatic transaxle fluid Follow the scheduled service intervals outlined in the maintenance guide and or service guide. Page Maintenance and care If you see any corrosion on the battery cables or terminals, remove the cables from the terminal s and clean with a wire brush.

Page Maintenance and care Applying too much pressure on the ends when lifting a battery could cause acid to spill. Page Traces of grease, silicone and fuel prevent wiper blades from functioning properly. Page Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. Page Checking tire pressure Check the tire pressure periodically after the vehicle has been parked for at least one hour or has been driven less than 5 km 3 miles.

Page Maintenance and care Replacing tires Replace tires when the wear band is visible through the tire treads. Page Dispose of worn tires in accordance with local environmental regulations. Page However, in some climates, using snow tires and chains may be necessary. Page Maintenance and care Observe the following guidelines when handling automotive fuel: Page If the condition persists, see your dealer or qualified service technician.

Page If other than Ford, Motorcraft, or Ford authorized parts are used for maintenance replacements or for service of components affecting emissions control, such non-Ford Page Do not park, idle or drive your vehicle in dry grass or other dry ground cover.

Page Maintenance and care Do not make any unauthorized changes to your vehicle or engine. Page Maintenance and care Reinstalling the headlamp assembly The gasket lining must be seated properly around the lamp assembly when reinstalling. Page Maintenance and care High-mounted brake lamp Enter the rear seat compartment.

Page Maintenance and care Interior lamps with reading lamps if equipped Remove the clip located on lens to access the center bulb. Page Maintenance and care You will need one 7 mm box wrench, open end wrench or T Torx drive. Page Maintenance and care Adjusting the vertical aim The numbers shown on the vial indicate beam direction in degrees up or down. Page Maintenance and care During winter months, it is especially important to wash the vehicle on a regular basis.

Page Maintenance and care Repairing paint chips Minor scratches or paint damage from road debris may be repaired with touch-up paint, paint repair foil or aerosol spray from the Ford accessories line.

Page Maintenance and care Cleaning the engine Engines are more efficient when they are clean because grease and dirt buildup act as insulators and keep the engine warmer than normal.

Page Maintenance and care Cleaning plastic exterior parts Use a vinyl cleaner for routine cleaning of plastic. Page Cleaning the instrument panel Clean the instrument panel with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Page Cleaning and caring for your vehicle Refer to the Customer assistance chapter for a list of Ford-approved cleaners, polishes and waxes.

Page Getting the service you need At home Ford Motor Company and Ford of Canada have authorized dealerships to service your vehicle. Page Consumer candidates for Board membership are recruited and trained by an independent consulting firm. Page Board's decision. Page If you are in another foreign country, contact the nearest Ford dealership. Page Customer assistance Travel equipment Console Console armrest Daytime running lights Factory luggage rack Factory luggage rack adapters Fog lights Framed luggage covers Heavy-duty battery Neutral towing transfer case kit Explorer 4.

Reporting Safety Defects u. Index Index Accessory position on the ignition Page Index Child safety restraints built-in child seat Page Index Engine oil changing oil and filter.. Page High-mount brakelamp.. To get the most from your time here, as you scroll down the page we recommend you do these five steps: Scroll down through the "What's Under the Hood?

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Let us know what you think using the contact link to leave some feedback or ask a question. This is the only fuse that is blowing This is the only fuse that is blowing over and over.

Anything I could do that would prevent this from blowing again if I put in another fuse??? I dont use any type of chargers or anything extra. I do have the original ford stereo still in it, stereo has never been messed with by anyone. All interior lights also do not work now that fuse is blown. Yes fuse 34 is correct.. Not sure how much that would cost to be fixed, scared to find out.

Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Likely the radio, if aftermarket. Ford had serious wiring harness issues on those cars, but that was mostly underhood. Best to take this to a shop. If no issues uncovered, unplug the radio and the mirror switches one at a time and see if one of them makes the fuse stop blowing. If the fuse still blows with both unplugged, then the issue is in the harness itself.

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