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1997 Ford Contour Manual

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  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 1
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    ......47 Seating and Safety Restraints ...83 Starting Driving ...117 125 149 177 229... 247 259 271 292 Roadside Emergencies ...Maintenance and Care ...Capacities and Specifications ...Reporting Safety Defects ...Customer Assistance ... Accessories ...Quick Index ... Index ...Service Station Information ...
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    Introduction Ford's Commitment to You At Ford Motor Company, excellence is the continuous commitment to achieve ... satisfaction, the quality of our products and services must be our number one priority.... in mind, providing better products and services than our competition. s Continuous improvement ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    ...Using This Guide Congratulations on the purchase of your new vehicle. This guide has information about the equipment and the options for your ...describes equipment and gives specifications for equipment that was in effect when this guide was approved for printing. Ford may discontinue models or change...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 6
    ... Owners - French Version French Owner Guides can be obtained from your dealer or by writing to Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, Service Publications, P.O. Box 1580, Station B,... Booklet, you can get a new one free of charge. Contact any Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer, or refer ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ... get more protection for your new car or light truck by purchasing a Ford Extended Service Plan (Ford...Ford name on it and the only service contract backed by Ford Motor Company. Ford ESP is an optional service ... rentals; coverage for certain maintenance and wear items). You may purchase Ford ESP from ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    ... linings lasts for 100 miles (160 km) of city driving or 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of highway driving. s Use only the type of engine oil that Ford recommends. See Engine oil recommendations in the Index. Do not use special "break-in" oils. 5
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ... different sections. The illustrations on the following pages show the major parts of the instrument panel that are described in this chapter. Some items shown may...: Any cleaner or polish that increases the gloss (shine) of the upper part of the instrument panel should be avoided. The dull finish in ...
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    Instrument panel 8
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    Instrumentation In your vehicle, the warning lights and gauges are grouped together on the instrument panel. We call this grouping a cluster. Your vehicle ... clusters: s Standard Cluster s Sport Cluster If you are not sure which cluster your vehicle has, check the diagrams on the following pages. 9
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    The standard cluster 10
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    Instrumentation The sport cluster 11
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    ... cluster. All of the warning lights and gauges alert you to possible problems with your vehicle.... and Chime This warning light and chime remind you to fasten your safety ... is not buckled when the ignition is turned to the ON position, the light will turn on for 1 to 2 minutes and the chime will sound ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ...brake system should be checked by a qualified service technician. This light comes on when the parking brake is set,...and you release the parking brake. If the light stays on after you have fully ... by your dealer or a qualified service technician. RWARNING The BRAKE light indicates that the brakes may...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ...system checked as soon as possible. Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light This light indicates the engine's...oil level is low, it could affect the oil pressure. The light will come on briefly when you turn ... off when the engine is running with normal oil pressure. If the light comes on while the engine ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ...engine's oil level, following the instructions on checking and adding engine oil in this Owner Guide. (See Engine oil...the engine if the light is on, regardless of the oil level. Contact your nearest dealer for further service actions. High Beam Light This light illuminates when the headlamps are ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    ...and then turn off. This indicates that the system is operating normally. NOTE: Maintenance of the air bag system is not required. A problem with the system is indicated by one ..., even intermittently, have the air bag system serviced at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer immediately. 16
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    Instrumentation Traction Control System Light (If equipped) This light comes on when the traction control system has been disengaged. It may come on or flash on and off while traction control is operating. If the light stays on for more than three (3) seconds after the ignition is turned to the...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    Check Engine Warning Light This light illuminates when the engine's Emission Control System requires service. It will also illuminate when the ... gearshift lever has been pushed. When the light is on, the transaxle will not shift into overdrive. Depressing the TCS button located below the gearshift ...
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    Instrumentation Turn Signal Indicator Lights The turn signal arrow will flash to indicate the direction ... OFF position before you add fuel to the fuel tank. The fuel gauge indicator may ... slightly while the vehicle is in motion. This is the result of fuel movement within the tank. An accurate reading ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    ... Engine Coolant in the Index. If you do not follow these instructions, you or others could be injured. If the coolant continues to overheat, have the coolant system serviced as soon as possible. Speedometer The speedometer tells you how many miles (kilometers) per hour your vehicle is moving. ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    ... cluster has basically the same standard warning lights and gauges as the standard cluster, with the following additional ... braking is not affected unless the brake warning light is also lit. The Anti-Lock Brake ...is started and the anti-lock light turns off, the system performs another test the first ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    ...more coolant. See Engine Coolant in the Index. This light comes on for a few seconds when the ignition is turned ... should turn off when the engine starts. If this light stays on, check the level of coolant.... The level may be slightly above the MIN line because the light is an "early warning." 22...
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    Electronic Sound Systems Compact Disc Radio 23
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    ... Disc Radio combines the Electronic Stereo Radio with the Ford Compact Disc Player. Using the Controls ... listening level. However, if the radio power is turned off, the volume will remain in the position it was set at when radio power was switched off. Selecting the AM or FM frequency band Push ...
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    ... you to tune in a particular station. You can manually locate the station using the “SCAN/TUNE” ...described below. s Using the “SCAN/TUNE” button to manually tune You can change the frequency ... half of the “SEEK” button. While you are manually tuning, the display will show a blinking “Mମ.
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    ... set strong stations into your memory buttons without losing your existing memory presets, which is especially handy while traveling. Your radio will automatically set your memory buttons to the strong local stations so you don't have to continually manually tune to existing stations. 26
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    ... have been filled, the radio will begin playing the station stored on memory button 1. To deactivate the Auto Memory Store mode and return to the manually-set memory button stations (or those stations set using Auto Memory Load), simply push the "AUTO PRESET" button. Display will show "AUTO"...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    s Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the right and left speakers. Push the "AUDIO" button repeatedly until the display button reads "BAL". Push the top (+) of the "VOLUME" button to shift the sound to the right speakers, and ...
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    Electronic Sound Systems Ford Compact Disc Player 29
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    Ford Compact Disc Player The Ford Compact Disc Player operates when the Audio System is on and a... and follow all of the care and cleaning instructions under How To Take Care of and Clean Your...used with the CD player. Refer to earlier operating instructions on these controls. How to insert a disc and ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    ... CD player will resume playing in the mode it was in when ignition was turned off. How to locate a selection on your CD player using Automatic Music Search (... on the disc. Press the left f side of the "AMS" control to locate a previous selection or the right e side of the "AMS" control to ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    A "1" and "0:00" will appear in the display when the beginning of the disc is reached by pressing the rewind f side of the button. Using the "SCAN" function Press the "SCAN" button to enter the scan mode. The CD player will begin scanning the disc, stopping on each listenable track...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ... operation of your audio system. How To Take Care of and Clean Your CD Player and Discs To ensure the continued performance of your Ford Compact Disc Player, carefully read the following precautions: s Always handle the disc by its edge. Never touch the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ...the eyes. Do not attempt to disassemble the case. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. Common Operating Conditions of ...or in accordance with the CD format. Because of this, a new disc that is free of dust and scratches could be defective and may not play on your Ford Compact Disc Player. 34
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    Electronic Sound Systems If play does not begin after the CD button is pushed: s The radio is not on. s The unit is in the stop mode. s Moisture may have condensed on the lenses within the unit. If this occurs, remove the disc and wait approximately an hour until the moisture evaporates. If the ...
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    Electronic Stereo Radio 36
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    Electronic Sound Systems Electronic Stereo Radio with Cassette 37
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    ... volume will come back to a "nominal" listening level. However, if the radio power is turned off, the volume will remain in the position it was set at when radio power was switched off. Selecting the AM or FM frequency band Push the "AM/FM" button to ...
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    ... either the right or left side of the "TUNE" button. Manual tuning adjusts your radio to any ...(Stereo Cassette Radio) s Using the "AMS" function to manually tune your radio (Stereo Cassette Radio... either the right or left side of the "SEEK" button. Manual tuning adjusts your radio to any ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    s Using the "SEEK" function This feature on your radio allows you to automatically select listenable stations up or down the frequency band. Press the right (a) side of the "SEEK" button to select the next listenable station up the frequency band. Press the left (b) side of the button to ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    Electronic Sound Systems Adjusting the tone balance and speaker output of your radio s Increasing or decreasing bass response Push the "AUDIO" button repeatedly until the display reads "BASS." Push the right (+) side of the "VOLUME" button to increase bass (more "lows"), and push ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    Using the Controls of Your Cassette Tape Player NOTE: Radio power must be on to use the cassette tape player. How to insert a ... the tape door opening, making sure the cassette is completely in and "seated." How to locate a desired track on the tape NOTE: The tape track or side number indicated ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... "Dolby" and double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Push station memory button 3 to ...cassette tape player performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: s Using a Ford Cassette Cleaning Cartridge or equivalent to clean the tape ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... in the ON or ACC position. It will lower when either the radio or the ignition is turned off. Power antenna maintenance and care s Never drive your vehicle through a car wash with the power antenna mast extended. This can cause damage to the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ... information. Ask your dealer for a copy of this limited warranty. s Service At Ford, we stand behind our audio systems with a comprehensive service and repair program. If anything should go wrong with your Ford audio system, return to your dealer for service. There is a nationwide network of ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... System If you are not sure which system your vehicle has, see the diagrams on the following pages. Heating Only System The control for your heater system is located at the center of the instrument panel below the radio. The heater will operate only when the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... door glass to reduce fogging whenever the heater system is operating. The temperature control is located at the right side of the control with a broken RED and BLUE band around the top and sides. The all RED part of the band (full right) is the heat or warmer area. The all BLUE ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ...Select V DEF to obtain maximum air flow to the windshield. Rotate the temperature control into the RED area for the air temperature required to defrost. Rotate the H control to increase the air flow. Heating and Air Conditioning System Heating, ventilation, defrosting and defogging are accomplished...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... satisfaction from your climate control system. s In humid weather, select V DEF before starting your engine. This will help to prevent windshield fogging. After a few ... heater and air conditioner system which could block the air intake. The intake area is located at the bottom of the windshield. 50
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ... dust from outside air before it is directed to the interior of the vehicle. For maintenance of this filter, see the Maintenance and Care chapter. Rear Window Defroster (... wheel. The rear window defroster and heated side view mirrors Clear away any snow that is on the rear window before using the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ... steering wheel. The knob for the exterior lights To turn on the parking lamps, tail lamps, license plate lamps and side marker lamps, turn the ... to the first position. To turn on the headlamps, parking lamps, tail lamps, license plate lamps and side marker lamps, turn ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... as rain, snow, dust or fog. The fog lamps operate only when the low beam headlamps ... on, with a reduced light output and without illuminating the high beam indicator lamp in the instrument... is in the OFF position. The high beam indicator light on the instrument cluster will not be on. A flashing high...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ... The Daytime Running Light (DRL) system will not illuminate the tail lamps and parking ... from the OFF position. To dim the instrument panel lights, use the thumbwheel on the instrument panel to the right of the steering wheel. Dimming the instrument panel lights Traction Control System (If equipped...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    Controls and Features Clock The digital clock 1. To set the hour, press and hold the hour button. When the desired hour appears, release the button. 2. To set the minutes, press and hold the minute button. When the desired minute appears, release the button. 3. To switch between a 12-hour clock...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ... LOCK and ACCESSORY lock the gearshift for all vehicles with an automatic transaxle. RWARNING LOCK position does not lock the gearshift on floor-mounted manual transaxle gearshifts. If the parking brake is not set and the gearshift is moved out of gear, your vehicle may move unexpectedly and injure...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ... engine. ON allows you to test your vehicle's warning lights (except the brake system warning ... also allows you to test the brake warning light. Removing the Key From the Ignition Procedures for removing ..., depending on whether your vehicle has an automatic or manual transaxle. If your vehicle has ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    If your vehicle has a manual transaxle: 1. Put the gearshift lever in 1 (First). 2. Set the parking brake fully. 3. Rotate...make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) (automatic transaxle) or in 1 (First) (manual transaxle). RWARNING Do not leave children, unreliable adults, or pets ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    ... column to: s operate the turn signals and cornering lamps s turn the high beams on/off s flash the lamps Turn Signals The turn signal lever Move the lever up to signal a right ... down to signal a left turn. The corresponding indicator light in the instrument cluster will flash. If the turn ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    High Beams and Flashing the Lamps To turn on the high beams, turn the headlamp control knob to the headlamp ON position and ... lever away from you until it latches. When the high beams are on, the high beam indicator light on the instrument cluster comes on. To turn off the high beams, pull the lever ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ...windshield when the washer fluid container is empty or activate the washers at any time for more than 15 seconds continuously. This could damage the washer pump system. RWARNING Always warm up the windshield with the defroster before you use the washer fluid. In freezing weather, the washer solution...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    Hazard Flasher The hazard flasher serves as a warning to other drivers to be careful when approaching or passing your vehicle. Using the hazard flasher switch Horn To sound the horn, push the pad in the center of the steering wheel. Check the horn regularly to be sure it operates properly. 62
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    Controls and Features Tilt Steering (If equipped) RWARNING Never adjust the steering column/wheel when the vehicle is moving. You could lose control of the vehicle and injure someone. The lever to tilt the steering wheel To change the position of the steering wheel, pull down the knob on the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    Speed Control (If equipped) The speed control switches on the steering wheel To Turn Speed Control On Press the on button. The speed of the vehicle cannot be automatically controlled until the vehicle speed is at or above 30 mph (48 km/h). RWARNING Do not use the speed control in heavy traffic or...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ... increases above your set speed while driving in Overdrive on a downhill grade, you may want to turn... off and use Drive. You may turn the Overdrive off by pressing the Transaxle Control Switch on the...grade. NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with a 5-speed manual transaxle, and if your speed increases ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ... lamp above the front seat. The switch on the dome lamp turns it on and off. The switch on the dome lamp... lamp to the 12-second delay position, the dome lamp will turn on when either front door is opened. ... door is open or if you move the dome lamp switch to the ON position. Your interior dome lamps ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ... passenger and one for the driver. Turning on the map lamps Moon Roof (If equipped) You can ... can tilt it up to ventilate the vehicle. The rocker type switch is used to open and close the... position is reached. At open and closed positions, the motor will automatically turn off. Release the switch at...
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    The map lamps and the switch for the moon roof To open the moon roof, press and hold the rear portion of the switch. ...from vent position, press and hold the rear portion of the switch. Occasionally wiping the outside guide rail covers of the moon roof with a clean cloth will help keep the moon roof ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    ... Do not let children play with the moon roof. They may seriously hurt themselves. Sliding Shade The moon roof has a sliding shade that you can manually open or close to block the sun when the glass panel is shut. To close the sliding shade, pull the shade toward the front of the vehicle. The shade ...
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    Sun Visors Illuminated Visor Mirror (If equipped) Your vehicle may have lighted mirrors on the sun visors. The mirror is lit by sliding open the mirror cover. The visor mirror 70
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    Controls and Features Doors Childproof Locks for the Rear Doors In addition to standard or power locks, your vehicle has childproof locks for the rear doors. If you set these locks, the rear doors cannot be opened from the inside of the vehicle. The doors can still be opened from the outside if the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    Move the lever toward the outside of the door. Power Door Locks (If equipped) If your vehicle has power ...you set the door locks, the doors remain locked. If the power mechanism fails, the manual door lock will automatically override the power controls. The power door lock on the driver's door 72
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ... Power Windows (If equipped) Each door has a power control that opens and closes the window on that ... operates all four windows. In order to use your power window controls, the ignition switch must be in ... door RWARNING Do not let children play with the power windows. One-touch-down window The one-...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ... Mirrors The standard side view mirrors are manually adjusted by using the remote knobs. The knob on each door adjusts the mirror on that side of the vehicle. Move the control knob in... side similar) Dual electric remote control mirrors (if equipped) The control for adjusting the electric side...
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    Controls and Features Electric remote control mirror knob Turn the knob back to the middle position ...and behind you. RWARNING The right side view mirror makes objects appear smaller and farther... not clean the housing or glass of any mirror with harsh abrasives, fuel or other petroleum-based cleaning...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    Console Your vehicle may have a full console. The full console has the following features: The features on the full console Cupholder with Full Console To raise the pop-up cup holder, push and release the cupholder door, then unfold the holder. 76
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    Controls and Features Floor Mats Positive retention floor mat (If equipped) (Standard in Canada) Position the floor mat in the footwell. Place the mat eyelet over the pointed end of the retention post from the rear and rotate forward to install. Adjust the floor mat position to allow proper ...
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    Trunk To open the trunk manually, use the oval key. Remote Trunk Release (If equipped) The remote trunk release is on the floor to the left of the driver's seat. The remote trunk release You can disable the remote trunk release. If you depress the lever on the trunk latch that is marked in ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... and unlock the vehicle doors and open the trunk without using a key. The remote also has a personal alarm feature. The controls for the system are located on the hand held transmitter(s) that came with your vehicle. The system will work with up to four transmitters. Additional transmitters can be ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ... to the ON position. The interior lights will not turn off if you have turned them on manually or if a door is open. NOTE: The illuminated entry system will only .... Replacement batteries can be purchased at most pharmacies, watch stores or at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. 80
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    ... The transmitter can be snapped apart to replace the batteries by twisting a thin coin between the two halves of the transmitter. DO NOT TAKE THE FRONT PART OF THE TRANSMITTER APART. When installing the new batteries, be sure to place the positive (+) side down as marked. Snap the two halves back ...
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    THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES. OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS: (1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND (2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED, INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION. 82
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    Seating and Safety Restraints Seats Head Restraints If you use them properly, head restraints will help protect your head and neck in a collision. A head restraint helps protect you best if you position it behind your head and not behind your neck. If your vehicle has the four-way head restraint, ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    6 Manual Seats Manual seat adjustment RWARNING Never adjust the driver's seat or seatback when the vehicle is moving. RWARNING Always drive and ride with your seatback upright and the lap belt snug and low across the hips. 84
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    6 Seating and Safety Restraints Power Seats (If equipped) If your vehicle has power seats, you can raise or lower the whole front seat, move the seat forward or backward and tilt the front or back of the seat up or down. The seat base controls on the driver's seat 85
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ...rear of the seat base, slide the back of the button up or down. Power seatback (if equipped) The seatback controls on the driver's seat To tilt the seatback forward or back, slide the top part of the top button forward or back. To inflate or deflate the lumbar support pads, slide the bottom ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... the seat and seatback are latched securely in position. Keep floor area free of objects that would prevent proper seat engagement. Never attempt to adjust ... passengers in case of a collision. In most states and in Canada the law requires their use. Safety belts provide best restraint when: s the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ... help you remember to fasten your safety belt, a warning light may come on and a chime may sound. See Safety Belt Warning Light and Chime in the Instrumentation chapter. See the following ...a single belt for more than one person. RWARNING Ford recommends that all safety belt assemblies and ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    6 Seating and Safety Restraints RWARNING Never let a passenger hold a child on his or her lap while the vehicle is moving. The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a collision. RWARNING Lock the doors of your vehicle before driving to lessen the risk of the door coming open in a ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ... and understand Important Safety Belt Information in this chapter. To adjust the lap part of the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt until the lap belt ... the combination lap and shoulder belts While the belt retracts, guide the tongue to its original position to prevent it from striking you or the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... seat and rear seats where dual locking retractors are provided. To switch the retractor from the emergency locking mode to the automatic locking mode, perform the following steps: RWARNING Rear-facing child seats or infant carriers should never be placed in the front seats. 1. Buckle the lap/...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... is unbuckled and allowed to retract completely, the retractor will switch to the vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode. See the detailed instructions under Safety Seats for Children in this chapter. Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment Driver and right front passenger You can adjust the shoulder ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    6 Seating and Safety Restraints Figure 2 - Adjusting the shoulder belt height Make sure the adjuster is firmly in one of the four positions. The belt should be adjusted up or down until the belt rests on your shoulder near your neck. RWARNING Position the shoulder belt height adjuster so that ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... can add about eight inches (20 cm) to the belt length with a safety belt extension assembly (part number 611C22). Safety belt extensions are available at no cost from your dealer. Use only extensions manufactured by the same supplier as the safety belt....
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    ... affect the performance of the safety belts and increase the risk of personal injury. Safety Belt Maintenance ... they work properly and are not damaged. Ford recommends that all safety belt assemblies ... hardware, should be inspected after any collision. Ford recommends that all safety belt assemblies ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    6 The warning label on the front seat safety belt buckle Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Important Air Bag Precautions Your vehicle is equipped with a supplemental restraint system designed to work with the safety belts to help protect you and your right front seat passenger in the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ... an inflating air bag. Failure to follow these instructions may increase the risk of personal injury in the event of a collision. RWARNING Do not attempt to service, repair, or modify the air bag Supplemental Restraint System or its fuses. See your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. RWARNING If you ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ... read the entire Safety Restraints section in this owner guide. RWARNING Children should always wear their safety belts. Failure to follow these instructions may increase the risk of personal injury .... Rather, it means the forces were not of the type sufficient to cause acitivation. If the vehicle ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... or more impact and safing sensors, s a system diagnostic module, s a readiness light and tone, s and the electrical wiring which connects the components. ... module monitors its own circuits, the air bag electrical system, the air bag readiness light, the air bag power and the air bag inflators. 99
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    ... normally. NOTE: Routine maintenance of the air bag system is not required. A problem with the system is indicated by ... Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System serviced at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer immediately. ... bag equipped vehicles, see your local Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Air bags ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ... children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in the front seating positions. RWARNING Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put in your vehicle. If you do not install and use the safety seat properly, the child ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... the child. Always follow the safety seat manufacturer's instructions when installing and using the safety seat. Ford recommends the use of a child safety seat having ...BE SECURED IN THE REAR SEAT. Failure to follow these instructions could result in serious injury. 102
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    ... may be injured during a collision or sudden stop. An unsecured safety seat could also injure other passengers. RWARNING Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put in your vehicle. If you do not install and use the safety seat properly, the child ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    6 Safety belt buckle placement for child seats Installing Child Safety Seats in the Front Passenger Seat and Outer Rear Seating Positions Your vehicle is equipped with a dual locking mode retractor on the shoulder belt portion of the combination lap/shoulder safety belt for the right front seat ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    ... and Safety Restraints 3. While holding the shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the tongue through the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions. See Figure 2. Be sure the belt webbing is not twisted, and insert the tongue into the buckle. See Figure 3. 105
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    6 4. Grasp the shoulder portion of the belt and pull downward until all of the belt is extracted from the reel and a click is heard. At this time the retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). See Figure 4. 108
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    6 Seating and Safety Restraints 5. Allow the belt to retract. Pull up on the shoulder webbing. A clicking sound will be heard as the belt retracts. This indicates the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. Push down on the child seat while you pull up on the belt to remove any slack in the ...
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    6 110
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    6 Seating and Safety Restraints 6. Before placing the child in the child seat, forcibly tilt the seat from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure that the seat is securely held in place. See Figure 7. 111
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    6 7. Double check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. Try to pull more belt out of the retractor. If you cannot, the belt is in the automatic locking mode. See Figure 8. 8. Check to make sure that the child seat is properly secured prior to each use. If the belt is not locked, ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    6 Seating and Safety Restraints RWARNING Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put in your vehicle. If you do not install and use the safety seat properly, the child may be injured in a sudden stop or collision. Installing Child Safety Seats in...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ... anchor hardware, if required. Additional kits can be obtained at no charge from any Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Tether anchorage hardware(U.S. ... safety seat, use only the tether anchor kit available at no charge from any Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer (Base part number 613D74). Safety Belts ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ... 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. Belt-positioning booster seats raise the child and ...
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    ...Fuel-Injected Engines When starting a fuel-injected engine, the most important thing to remember is to avoid ...accelerator before or during starting. Only use the accelerator when you have problems getting your ...parking brake is set. 3. If you have a manual transaxle, make sure that the parking brake ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    ... Engine To start your engine: 1. Follow the steps under Preparing to Start Your Vehicle at the beginning of this section. 2. Keep your foot on ... hold that position for five (5) seconds. If the engine fails to start, continue to crank with the accelerator depressed about 1/4 of the way down and hold ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ...engine for five (5) seconds. If the engine fails to start, continue to crank and depress the accelerator ...could damage the starter. If the engine fails to start on the first try, turn the key to OFF ... the accelerator slightly will also help with cold starts. 2.5L engine: s At temperatures 10˚F (-12ɮ..
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ... engine speeds up. Then drive away in the normal manner. If the engine still does not start, the fuel pump shut-off switch may have been triggered. For directions on how to reset the switch see Fuel Pump Shut-Off Switch in the index. 120
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    ... computer system controls the engine's idle speed. When you start your vehicle, the engine's idle speed normally runs... the engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. If you consistently start your vehicle in subzero temperatures, use an engine block heater (if your vehicle has...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ... block heater warms the engine coolant, which improves starting, warms up the engine faster, and allows ... simply plug it into a grounded 110-volt outlet. Ford recommends that you use a 110-volt circuit ...the heater in at least three hours before you start your vehicle. Using the heater for longer than ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ...to avoid its dangerous effects. RWARNING Do not start your vehicle in a closed garage or in other enclosed... Always open the garage door before you start the engine. RWARNING If you smell ... systems checked whenever: s your vehicle is raised for service s the sound of the exhaust system changes s your ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... that have front-wheel drive. Your vehicle will have one of the following types of transaxles: s an automatic overdrive transaxle with transaxle control switch, or s a manual transaxle. If you are not sure which transaxle your vehicle has, talk to...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    ... become less effective. Occasional brake squeal during light to moderate stops does not affect the ... have your brakes inspected by your dealer or a qualified service technician. Anti-lock Brake System (If ... anti-lock brake system. Whenever your wheels start to lock (which could result in a skid) the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    .... Normal braking is not affected unless the brake warning light is also lit. The Anti-lock Brake System has... is started and the anti-lock light turns off, the system performs another test the first time the... is found during this check the anti-lock light will come on. Ford Motor Company has not found ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) (automatic transaxle) or in 1 (First) (manual transaxle). RWARNING To prevent personal injury, do not release the ... If the parking brake is fully released, but the Brake System light remains on, have the brakes checked immediately. They may not be ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    ...Always check the Brake Warning Light each time you start your engine. Driving ...traction control system can be turned off manually by pushing the T/C OFF button on the instrument panel ... of the steering wheel. The traction control system light will remain on as a reminder that the system is turned off....
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ... transaxle control switch depressed. Driving with the shift selector in D (Overdrive) gives the best fuel economy for normal driving conditions. For manual control, start in 1 (First) and then shift manually. Putting Your Vehicle in Gear You ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    Driving To operate: 1. Start the engine. 2. Depress and hold the brake pedal. 3. Move the gearshift lever out of P (Park). Your vehicle is equipped with a Brake Shift Interlock safety feature. This feature prevents the gearshift from being moved from the P (Park) position until the brake pedal is ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    Overriding the brake shift interlock The console-mounted gearshift will lock when you turn the key to the LOCK position. When the gearshift is in any position except P (Park), the ignition key cannot be turned to LOCK or removed from the steering column. TO REMOVE THE KEY, the gearshift lever must...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ...is located on the gearshift handle. The transaxle control indicator light (O/D OFF) is located on the instrument panel. You can put the gearshift lever in any of the several positions. The O/D OFF light is off (not illuminated) during normal vehicle operation. This ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ... in the normal overdrive mode and the light will not be illuminated. When to use D (Overdrive - without Transaxle Control Switch Activated) D (... third and fourth gears while you are driving on hilly roads or if your vehicle requires additional power for climbing hills, depress the TCS. D (Drive) ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ...(90 km/h) in this gear. You can upshift from 2 (Second) into D (Overdrive) at any speed. When to use 1 (First) This position limits the transaxle to ... in this gear. You can upshift from 1 (First) to 2 (Second) or from 1 (First) to D (Overdrive) at any speed. P (Park) Always come to a complete stop ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ...cannot be moved unless the button is pushed in. Driving with a Manual Transaxle Using the Clutch In order to start the vehicle, the clutch pedal must be ... result in erratic engine operation. Shifting the Gears The gearshift for a manual transaxle is mounted on the floor. The gearshift can be in one...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    Driving The positions of the floor-mounted gearshift Always push the clutch pedal all the way to the floor when you shift. You should upshift according to the speeds given in the shift speed chart. Backing up To shift into R (Reverse): 1. Completely stop your vehicle. 2. Depress the clutch pedal...
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    Upshifting Most of the time, you should upshift at the following speeds: 138
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    ... a steep hill, always downshift before the engine starts to lose power. Downshifting reduces the chance of stalling and gives your vehicle better acceleration to ... as necessary. Downshifting through the gears decreases your vehicle's fuel economy. Do not attempt to shift into 1 (...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    RWARNING Do not exceed the GVWR or the GAWR specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label. Limiting Your Vehicle's Load The load that you add to your vehicle must not exceed the maximum load stated on the Safety Compliance Certification Label attached to the left front door pillar or ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ... 1,000 lb. (454 kg) trailer. Your vehicle does not come from the factory fully equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealers. Because towing a trailer puts extra strain on your vehicle, you must follow ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ...vehicle more frequently if you tow a trailer. (See Servicing your vehicle if you tow in this ... the good of your vehicle, use the right equipment for the type of trailer you tow. Also, make sure that ... the right equipment in the proper manner, see your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Do not use hitches...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ...the rental agency gives you. Connecting the trailer's brakes Electric brakes and manual, automatic, or surge-type hydraulic brakes are safe if you install them properly and adjust them according to the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure that your trailer's brakes meet local and...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ...for hooking up your trailer's lights, see your local trailer dealer and your Ford dealer. Be sure to follow their instructions carefully. ... or down steep hills, move the manual transaxle gearshift to a lower gear. This will increase engine power on upgrades and engine braking...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... very long, steep grades, the speed control may shut off. Servicing Your Vehicle If You Tow If you tow a ... a long distance, your vehicle will need to be serviced more frequently than usual. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule booklet for additional information. Driving Under Special Conditions Tips ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    .... s Give your vehicle more distance to stop. s Pump the brake pedal steadily and evenly to avoid ...(32 km/h). Do not downshift into 1 (First) with the manual transaxle when moving faster than 10 mph (... and reverse gears. While in each gear, press lightly on the accelerator and release. RWARNING Do not ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    Driving By moving the vehicle backward and forward, you may gain enough momentum to move out of the spot. Do not rock the vehicle for more than a few minutes. This may overheat the engine, damage the transaxle, or damage the tires. If you are still stuck after a minute or two of rocking, call for a...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ... Not Start or Does Not Start After a Collision Fuel Pump Shut-Off Switch If the engine... not start or does not start even after a small collision, the fuel pump shut-off switch may have been activated... The shut-off switch is a device intended to stop the fuel pump when your vehicle has been involved in...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    ... driver's footwell RWARNING If you see or smell fuel, do not reset the switch or try to start your vehicle. Have ... fire department or a towing service. If your engine cranks but does not start after a ...to the OFF position. 2. Check under the vehicle for leaking fuel. 3. If you do not see or ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ... for leaking fuel. If you see or smell fuel, do not start your vehicle again. If you do not see or smell fuel, you can try to start your vehicle again. Fuses, ... your vehicle's electrical system from overloading. If electrical parts in your vehicle are not working, the system may have ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    The Power Distribution Box Fuses and Relays The power distribution box location 152
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    Roadside Emergencies The power distribution box fuses and relays Spare fuses are located in the power distribution box under the hood. 153
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    Roadside Emergencies 155
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    The Instrument Panel Fuses, Circuit Breakers and Relays The instrument panel fuse panel is underneath the instrument panel on the left side. To open it, reach under the instrument panel and push the release button to the right of the fuse panel. The instrument panel fuse panel location 156
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    Roadside Emergencies The instrument panel fuses 157
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    158
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    ...Fuses 1. Use the charts to decide which fuse you should check. 2. On the fuse panel decal located on the cover of the power distribution box or on the end of the instrument panel fuse panel, find the number of the fuse you want to check. 3. Find ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ... rating can cause severe wire damage and could start a fire. Circuit Breakers If you need to check ..., see Checking and replacing fuses to find out how to locate the fuse panel and pull it down. Diagnostic equipment is needed to check circuit breakers. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions. 160
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    Roadside Emergencies Circuit breakers will reset themselves and allow the electrical parts to work again once the overload on the circuit is gone. If the circuit breakers continue to cut off electricity, have your vehicle's electrical system checked. If you replace a circuit breaker, use one with ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ... it could be damaged. Spare Tire Location The spare tire is stored under the carpet on the floor of the trunk. You will find additional instructions for the spare tire on the wheel decal (located on the temporary spare wheel). 162
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    ...an automatic transaxle, put the gearshift in P (Park). If you have a manual transaxle, put the gearshift in 1 (First). Set the parking brake and... moving or slipping off the jack, even if the vehicle is in P (Automatic) or 1 (Manual). To prevent the vehicle from moving when you change one of the front...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... For information about removing anti-theft lug nuts, see Anti-Theft Wheel Lug Nuts later in this section. Removing and Replacing the Tire 1. Place the scissors-type jack under the side of the vehicle and adjust the jack height with the jack handle. The jack should fit in the notch in the vertical ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    Roadside Emergencies Sports models with skirts RWARNING To lessen the risk of personal injury, do not put any part of your body under the vehicle while changing a tire. Do not start the engine when your vehicle is on the jack. The jack is only meant for changing the tire. 165
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ... handle clockwise until the wheel clears the ground. Remove the wheel lug nuts. 3. Replace the flat tire with the spare tire, making sure that the air valve stem is facing outward. 4. Reinstall the lug nuts, tightening until the wheel is snug against the hub. The beveled edges on the lug nuts ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... the jack and fully tighten the lug nuts in the order shown in the following illustration. As soon as possible, have your dealer or a qualified service technician check the lug nuts for proper torque specifications. The lug nuts on the wheel 7. Place any wheel covers and ornaments in the trunk. ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... key. NOTE: If you lose your lug wrench/lug nut key assembly, see your nearest Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealer who has access to a master set of keys. NOTE: DO NOT USE A POWER IMPACT WRENCH ON THE LUG NUT KEY. The anti-theft lug nut and key Removing the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ...s battery may die if you leave the lights on or any electrical equipment on after you turn the...off. If this happens, you may be able to jump-start your vehicle with a booster battery. RWARNING The ...the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes. An explosion could result in ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... If in doubt, call for road service. Preparing Your Vehicle 1. Your vehicle has a 12-volt starting system, so you ... jumper system. You will damage your starting motor, ignition system, and other electrical parts if you connect them to a 24-volt power supply (either two 12-volt batteries in series or...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ... the other end of the second cable to a good metallic surface on the engine or frame of the disabled vehicle. RWARNING Do not connect the end of the second cable to the negative ( ) terminal of the battery to be jumped. A spark may cause an explosion of the gases that surround the battery. 171
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    Sequence for connecting jumper cables 172
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    ...jumper cables are not in the way of moving engine parts, then start the booster vehicle. Run the engine at ... vehicle does not start after several attempts, there may be a different problem. 3. When both vehicles ... you need to replace your battery, see Battery in the Maintenance and Care chapter. 173
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    Towing Your Vehicle If you need to have your vehicle towed, contact a professional towing service or, if you are a member, your roadside assistance center. 174
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    Roadside Emergencies When calling for a tow truck, tell the operator what kind of vehicle you have. A towing manual is available from Ford Motor Company for all authorized tow truck operators. Have your tow truck driver refer to this manual for the proper...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    Maintenance and Care Service Made Easy Ford has two goals for servicing your ... Owner Guide. Ford Motor Company recommends that the Owner Maintenance Checks listed in the Maintenance Schedule booklet ... Use only recommended fuels, lubricants, fluids, and service parts conforming to Ford specifications. ...
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    .... Follow your community's standards for disposing of these types of fluids. Call your local recycling center ... clothing or jewelry that could get caught in moving parts. Take appropriate precautions with long hair. ... and other smoking materials away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. 178
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    ... is securely latched in P (Park) (automatic transaxle) or 1 (First) gear (manual transaxle). 2. Remove the key from the ignition after you turn ... gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) (automatic transaxle) or Neutral (manual transaxle). 2. Block the wheels. This will prevent your vehicle from ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ... the Hood 1. Inside the vehicle, pull the hood release handle located under the bottom left corner of the instrument panel. The hood ...2. Go to the front of the vehicle and release the auxiliary latch that is located under the hood at the center of the vehicle. The auxiliary latch under the front ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    Maintenance and Care 3. Lift the hood and secure it in the open position with the prop rod. Make sure only the hole in ... to the hood latch at six-month intervals to maintain smooth and trouble-free operation. NOTE: Read and understand Precautions When Servicing Your Vehicle at the beginning of this ...
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    The 2.0L EFI engine 182
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    Maintenance and Care The 2.5L EFI engine 183
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    Engine Oil Recommendations We recommend using Motorcraft oil or an equivalent oil meeting Ford Specification WSS-M2C153-F and displaying the American Petroleum ... viscosity may be used in your engine. The engine oil and oil filter must still be changed according to the maintenance schedule. 184
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    Maintenance and Care Checking and Adding Engine Oil Since the proper amount of engine oil is ... the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) (automatic transaxle) or 1 (First) (manual transaxle). 3. Open the hood. Protect yourself from engine heat. 4. Locate the engine oil dipstick (highlighted in ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    .... Make sure you use a CERTIFIED engine oil of the preferred viscosity. Your vehicle's warranty coverage ... opening. Be careful not to overfill the engine. Recheck the oil level after you finish adding oil. Nearly all engines will consume engine oil. As a result, it may be necessary to add some oil ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... Changing the Engine Oil and the Oil Filter Change the engine oil and oil filter per the following, whichever occurs first. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule booklet for additional information. NOTE: Always dispose of used automotive fluids in ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ... the fluid is low, carefully clean and remove the cap from the reservoir. Fill the reservoir to the MAX line with Ford High Performance DOT 3 Brake Fluid C6AZ-19542-AB or equivalent DOT 3 fluid meeting Ford specification ESA-M6C25-A. RWARNING If you use a brake fluid...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    Maintenance and Care RWARNING Do not let the reservoir for the master cylinder run dry... level of the windshield washer fluid every time you stop for fuel. The reservoir for washer fluid is located on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. Visual inspection can determine if the washer fluid...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    The windshield washer fluid reservoir Adding washer fluid RWARNING Do not put windshield washer fluid in the container for the engine coolant. If sprayed to clean the glass, engine coolant or antifreeze could make it difficult to see through the windshield. Use specially formulated windshield ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    Maintenance and Care Engine Coolant Checking the Engine Coolant NOTE: Be sure to read and understand Precautions When ...Simply look at the engine coolant reservoir located in the engine compartment. To locate the reservoir, see the diagram of your vehicle's engine under Engine Type, in this chapter....
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... from internal passageway corrosion and these additives lubricate the water pump. The coolant should be serviced as noted in the Maintenance Schedule booklet. Adding Engine Coolant RWARNING Do not put engine coolant in the container for the windshield ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ...cap down, turn it counterclockwise, and remove it. Use Ford Premium Cooling System Fluid E2FZ-19549-...and rubber elastomers used in Ford cooling systems for 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km)....cooling system. Recycled engine coolant Ford Motor Company recommends that Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ... add more than a quart (liter) of engine coolant per month. Severe winter climate If you ... your vehicle year-round in non-extreme climates. Power Steering Fluid Checking and Adding Power Steering Fluid With the power steering system at operating temperature, switch off the engine. The fluid level ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    Maintenance and Care The power steering fluid reservoir Use only MERCON power steering fluid that meets Ford's ... the fluid level of the transaxle, since your vehicle does not use up transaxle fluid. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule booklet for replacement intervals. However, if the transaxle is ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... add fluid. Recheck the fluid level after your vehicle has reached normal operating temperature. Normal operating temperature is reached after driving approximately 20 miles (30 km). The fluid level should be within the crosshatched area on the dipstick. NOTE: If the vehicle has been operated for an...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    Maintenance and Care Automatic transaxle fluid dipstick Adding Automatic Transaxle Fluid ... center to find out about recycling automotive fluids. Manual Transaxle Fluid The lubricant level and ... level checked occasionally. If lubricant is required, see Lubricant Specifications in this chapter. 197
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    ... Your vehicle may have a Motorcraft maintenance-free battery. The Motorcraft maintenance-free battery does not require additional water during its life of service. The vents are part of the cover and cannot be removed. For longer, trouble-...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    Maintenance and Care RWARNING Batteries normally produce explosive gases which can cause personal injury. Do ...to spill. Lift the battery with a carrier or with your hands on the opposite corners. Help Us Protect Our Environment Ford Motor Company strongly recommends that used lead-acid batteries be ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ... off all the accessories, and start the vehicle. Bring the engine to normal operating temperature. Allow the manual transaxle to idle for ... it enters the interior of the vehicle. This filter should be replaced at the intervals in the Maintenance Schedule and Record booklet. To replace the passenger ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    Maintenance and Care The screws on the grille 2. Remove the plastic caps from the screws on the grille. Remove the screws. 3. Open the hood. Pull off the rubber weatherstrip at the back of the engine compartment. Remove the screws that hold the grille, separate the two halves and remove the ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ...the blades do not wipe properly, clean both the windshield and the wiper blades. Use undiluted windshield washer solution or a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly with clear water. Do not use fuel, kerosene, paint thinner, or other solvents to clean your wiper blades. These will damage your blades. 202
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    Maintenance and Care To make reaching the wiper blades easy, simply turn the ignition to... OFF position. Do not move the wipers manually. Manually moving the wipers across the windshield ...arm always use a Motorcraft part or equivalent. To replace the blades, follow the instructions that come with them....
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ... rotate them as indicated in the following diagram. Do not include the spare tire as part of your rotation. For tire rotation intervals, see the Maintenance Schedule booklet. If you notice that the tires wear unevenly, have them checked. ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    Maintenance and Care Replacing the Tires Replace any tires that show wear bands. When your tire shows a wear band, it has... entire tread. RWARNING When replacing full size tires, never mix radial, bias-belted, or bias-type tires. Use only the tire sizes that are listed on the tire pressure decal. Make...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    .... They do not apply to deep tread, winter-type snow tires, space-saver or temporary use spare ... Department of Transportation - Tire quality grades: The U.S. Department of Transportation requires Ford to give you the following information about tire grades exactly as the government has written it. ...
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    ... which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. RWARNING The temperature grade for this tire...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ...on your vehicle. Use chains on the tires only in an emergency or if the law requires them where you live. If you choose to use chains ... held down securely. Retighten the chains after driving 1/2 mile (1 km). Follow the chain manufacturer's instructions. s Do not drive faster than 30 mph (50 km/h) ...
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    Maintenance and Care s Tire chains may affect vehicle handling. Drive carefully and avoid ...it stops, then continue turning until the cap is free. RWARNING The fuel system may be under pressure. If the ...Put the nozzle all the way inside the fuel filler pipe before pumping the fuel. NOTE: If you spill ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ... closed. If you lose the fuel cap, replace it with an authorized Motorcraft or equivalent part. RWARNING If you do not use the proper fuel cap, the pressure...can be operated on non-California fuels. However, even though your engine will perform adequately on other gasolines, ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    Maintenance and Care Octane recommendation Your vehicle is designed to use regular gasoline with an (R+M)/2 octane ... technician to prevent any engine damage. Fuel quality If you are experiencing starting, rough idle or hesitation problems try a different brand of fuel. If the condition persists, see...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    Cleaner Air Ford approves the use of gasolines to improve air quality, including reformulated gasolines that contain oxygenates such as a maximum of 10% ethanol or 15% MTBE. There should be no more than 5% methanol with cosolvents and additives to protect the fuel system. Reformulated fuel is also ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    Maintenance and Care RWARNING Gasoline or gasoline blended with methanol can cause blindness and possible death when swallowed. If any fuel is swallowed, call a physician or poison control center ...s Avoid breathing vapors while refueling. s If fuel is splashed on the skin, wash with soap and water. ...
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    ... in fire and personal injury. Fuel Economy Fuel economy is an estimate of the efficiency of your vehicle and can be calculated as Miles Per Gallon (MPG) or Liters Per 100 Kilometers (L/100K). Do not calculate fuel economy during your vehicle's break-in ...
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    Maintenance and Care To calculate fuel economy: 1. Fill the tank completely and record the initial odometer reading. ... achieve the fuel economy shown. The following decrease fuel economy: s Lack of regular, scheduled maintenance s Rapid acceleration and excessive speed s Driving with your foot on ...
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    ..., etc. Self-Service Pointers If you choose to do your own fueling, you should also perform a few simple maintenance routines. This extra effort will save you additional money and contribute to the driving efficiency of your vehicle. The ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ... Ford authorized remanufactured parts are used for maintenance replacements or for the service of components affecting emission control, such non-Ford parts should be equivalent to genuine Ford Motor Company parts in performance and durability. It is the...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ... engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. Watch for fluid leaks, strange odors, smoke, loss of oil pressure, the charge warning light, the check engine light, or the temperature warning light. These sometimes indicate that the emission system is ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ... and Care How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) Testing In some localities it may become a legal requirement to pass an Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) test of the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD... minutes driving in stop and go, city type traffic with at least four idle periods. ...
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    s turn signals s side markers s license plate lamps The alignment of your headlamps should be checked if: s oncoming motorists frequently signal you to turn... s the headlamps do not seem to give you enough light to see clearly at night s the headlamps are not aligned so that ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    Maintenance and Care Removing the headlamp bulb 1. Make sure that the headlamp knob is in the OFF position. 2. Lift the hood and find the bulb in the headlamp socket. 3. Remove the bulb assembly by turning it clockwise and pulling it out of the headlamp socket. 4. Remove the L-shaped bulb by ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    High-Mount Brakelamp Bulbs From the back seat, remove the back of the brakelamp assembly. Depress the two retaining tabs on the ends of the assembly and pull off the back. Turn the burned-out bulb counterclockwise and pull it out. Push in the replacement bulb and turn it clockwise to lock it in the...
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    Maintenance and Care Using the Right Bulbs 223
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    ... customer satisfaction is a high priority. For this reason, Ford has authorized its dealers to repair, at no charge to the owner, the...12,000 miles (20,000 km) of purchase, whichever comes first. Customers may be required to bring their vehicle in for inspection by a Ford representative. Washing and ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    Maintenance and Care Cleaning Chrome and Aluminum Parts Wash chrome and aluminum parts with a mild detergent. Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, fuel or strong detergents. Cleaning Plastic Parts Some of your vehicle's exterior trim parts are plastic. ...
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    ... Do not use dry paper towel, chemical solvents or abrasive cleaners to clean the lamps, as these may cause scratches or crack the lamps. Cleaning the Seats Leather For routine cleaning, wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth. For more thorough cleaning, wipe ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    Maintenance and Care Cleaning the Engine A clean engine is more efficient because a buildup of ... than usual. s Extreme care must be used if a power washer is used to clean the engine. The high pressure ... to avoid possible cracking of the engine block or fuel injection pump, do not spray a hot engine ...
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    Capacities and Specifications Refill Capacities, Motorcraft Parts, and Lubricant Specifications Motorcraft Parts 229
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    Fluid Specifications and Capacities 230
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    Capacities and Specifications Lubricant Specifications 231
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    ... from sunlight, if possible. s If vehicles are stored outside, they require regular maintenance to protect against rust and damage. Body s Wash vehicle thoroughly... latches with a light grade oil. s Cover interior soft trim to prevent fading. s Keep all rubber parts free from oil and solvents. 232
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ...with high-quality unleaded fuel until the first automatic shutoff of the fuel pump nozzle. NOTE: During extended periods of vehicle storage (... damage rubber and other polymers in the fuel system and may also clog small orifices. Ford Gas Stabilizer should be added whenever actual or expected storage ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    ... as necessary. s Keep connections clean and covered with a light coat of grease. s If storing your vehicle ... cables to ensure battery charge is maintained for quick starting. Brakes s Make sure brakes and parking ... 25 feet (10 m) every 15 days to lubricate working parts to prevent corrosion. 234
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    ... the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Ford Motor Company. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it ... remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Ford Motor Company. To contact NHTSA, you may ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    Customer Assistance Roadside Assistance Ford Motor Company has set up a 24-hour... Lincoln-Mercury dealers in Canada), contact your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Additional Roadside Assistance... you need to arrange for roadside assistance yourself, Ford Motor Company will reimburse the reasonable cost....
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    If You Have a Service Problem Ford Motor Company has authorized Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships that can service your ... to get service or maintenance for your vehicle. Service/Maintenance Concerns (U.S. or Canada) Ford recommends taking your vehicle to your selling dealer ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    Customer Assistance Please have the following information available when contacting Ford Customer Assistance: s your telephone number (both business and ... and the city where the dealership is located s the year and make of your vehicle s the date purchased s the current mileage on your vehicle s ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ...available free to owners and lessees of qualifying Ford Motor Company vehicles The Dispute Settlement Board may not be available in all states. Ford Motor Company reserves the right to change eligibility... have not been resolved by either a dealer or Ford Motor Company, except those involving: ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ... or household purposes (except in states where the Dispute Settlement Board is required to review commercial vehicles) Complaints involving vehicles in which ... the Board Work? The Board consists of: s three consumer representatives s a Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealer Consumer candidates for Board ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    ...number of the DSB's independent administrator Your dealership and a Ford Motor Company representative are asked to submit statements at this... s a brief description of your unresolved concern s a brief summary of the action taken with the dealer and Ford Motor Company s the names (if known) of all ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... is within 36 months and 36,000 miles of the warranty start date, you have the right to make an oral presentation before the Board. Indicate your ... the Board's decision. The decisions of the Board are binding on the dealer and Ford, but not on consumers who may elect to pursue other...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    ... Box 5120 Southfield, MI 48086-5120 Ford of Canada Customer Assistance If you live... city where the dealership is located s the year and make of your vehicle s the date purchased s the current mileage on... vehicle s your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) listed on your vehicle ownership license 244
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ... you continue to feel that the efforts by Ford and the dealer to resolve a factory-related vehicle service concern have been unsatisfactory, Ford of Canada participates in an...s award is binding on both you and Ford of Canada. CAMVAP services are available in all territories and provinces...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    ...system and may cause engine knocking or serious engine damage. Ford Motor Company is not responsible for any damage that is caused by use of improper fuel. You may also... register your Vehicle Identification Number and new address with Ford Motor Company Export Operations. 246
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ... custom designed to complement the style and aerodynamic appearance of your Ford-built vehicle. In addition, each accessory is made from high ... exceeds Ford's rigid engineering and safety specifications. That is why Ford brand accessories are warranted for up to 12 months or 12,000 miles (20,000 km...
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    Safety, Comfort, and Convenience 248
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    ... or less will not ordinarily affect your vehicle's operation.) NOTE: Because we have no control over the installation, design, or manufacture of such systems, Ford cannot assume responsibility for any adverse effects or damage that may result if ...
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    Accessories 253
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    Warning label locations 259
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    E Front Exterior View 260
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    Rear Exterior View 261
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    F Entrance View 262
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    Driver's Door 263
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    E Instrument Panel 264
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    Standard Instrument Cluster 265
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    Sport Instrument Cluster 266
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    Trunk 267
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    F The 2.0L Engine Compartment 268
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    The 2.5L Engine Compartment 269
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ...description ...driver air bag ...indicator light...operation ...passenger air bag ...service and information labels ...tone generator ...Air cleaner filter location ...specifications ...system (ABS) description ...see also Brakes ...warning light ...Anti-theft lug nuts and key...Appeals...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ...Basic vehicle warranty ...Battery ...acid, treating emergencies ...charging system warning light ...disconnecting ...how to service ...jumping a disabled battery...maintenance-free ...proper disposal, recycling ...replacement, specifications ......
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    Index Brakes (continued) power braking ...servicing ...stopping distances...trailer ...when storing your vehicle Brake-shift interlock ....... Catalytic converter ...Chains, tires...Changing a tire ...Charging system warning light ...Childproof locks ...Child safety restraints ...child safety belts ......
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    ... aluminum parts ...engine compartment...exterior ...exterior lamps ...fabric ...headlamps ...instrument panel ...interior...mirrors...plastic parts ...polishing ...rear windows...rustproofing ...safety belts ...tail lamps ...upholstery and interior trim ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    ...fan ...Crankcase ventilation filter ...Customer Assistance Centre, Ford of Canada...118 89 24 24 76 ... 19 191 178 229 244 D Daytime running light system . Defects, reporting ...Defrost, rear window ...Dipstick ...automatic transaxle fluid ...engine oil ...power steering fluid ...Disabled vehicle (see...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ......catalytic converter...emissions warranty ...Engine check engine warning light ...does not start...fuel injected engine, starting ...fuel pump shut-off switch ...preparing to start ...refill capacities ...service points ...starting ...starting after a ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... oil filter ...checking and adding ...dipstick ...disposal ...engine oil pressure warning light . filter, specifications ...refill capacities ...specifications ...... ...viscosity ...Entry system remote ...Exhaust fumes...Extended Service Plan, Ford ...191 178 22 233 178 191 230 231 19 19 19 178 121 ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    F Fan ...engine fan, avoiding injury ...Flashers, hazard ...Flat tire ...Fluid refill capacities...Fog lamps ...Ford Extended Service Plan ...Ford of Canada Customer Assistance Centre ...Foreign registration ...French owner guides, how to obtain ...Fuel ......
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    Index Fuel filter, specifications ...Fuel gauge ...Fuel pump shut-off switch engine does not start ...starting after a collision . . Fuse panels, ... 20 21 21 140 139 139 139 G Gas cap (see Fuel cap) ...Gas mileage (see Fuel economy) . . Gasoline (see Fuel)...Gauges, ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ...Hazard flashers ...Headlamps bulb specification ...checking alignment . . cleaning ...daytime running lights replacing bulbs ...turning on and off . . warning chime ...Head restraints ...High beams indicator light ...operation...High-mount brakelamp . description ...replacing the bulb...Hitch...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    Index Hood ...latch location ...lubrication specifications . release lever ...working under the hood ... (see Safety seats) ...Instrument panel ...lighting up panel and interior . . Interval ... J Jack ...operation ...positioning ...storage ...Jump-starting your vehicle attaching cables ...disconnecting ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ... replacement specifications chart ...checking ...daytime running light system ...dome lamps ...fog lamps ...hazard flashers ...headlamps ...high-... brakelamp ...instrument panel, dimming ...interior lamps ...replacing bulbs ...trailer ...Lap belts ...Lights, warning and indicator air bag ...anti-lock ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ......anti-theft ...standard ...tightening sequence ...231 . . 78 . 163 . 168 . 164 . 167 M Maintenance schedule and record (see separate Maintenance Schedule and Record booklet) ...Maintenance (see Servicing)...Manual transaxle backing up (reverse) ...clutch ......
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    P Panic alarm feature, remote entry system Parking brake ...operation...warning light ...Parts (see Motorcraft Parts)...PCV valve, specifications ...Power door locks ...Power features antenna ...door locks ...mirrors...moon roof ...seats ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ...for children ...for infants ...for pregnant women...head ...lap and shoulder belts ...lap belt...maintenance ...proper use ...replacement...warning light and chime ...fuels ...145 . . 87 . 143 . 140 . 235 . 213 89, 92, 94 ...91 ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ......tether anchorage hardware...Seat belts (see Safety restraints) ...Seats ...adjusting the seat, manual ...adjusting the seats, power ...child safety seats ...cleaning ... restraints). Shoulder belts (see Safety restraints) ...Side mirrors ...adjusting ...Sliding moon roof (see Moon roof) ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    ... a collision ...starting a warm engine ...starting your vehicle if the battery Steering, power ...Steering wheel horn ...locking ...tilting ...Storage compartments ... roof) ...Sun visor ...Supplemental air bag readiness light Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) ...229 145 231 ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ... Tachometer ...Tail lamps bulb replacement ...cleaning ...Temperature control (see Climate control)...changing ...checking the pressure ...cleaning ...inspection and maintenance ...replacing ...rotating ...snow tires and ...safety chains ...tips ...trailer brakes ...trailer lamps ...219, ...21 223 226 47 ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ...-up specifications (VECI)...Turn signal ...indicator lights ...lever ...130 195 230 231 133... 59 19 59 178 ... U Used engine oil, disposal ... V Variable interval wipers ...VECI ... loading automatic transaxles ...calculating the load ...manual transaxles ...understanding loading information ...Vehicle ...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ...) Wheel dollies (see Towing) . . Wheels anti-theft lugnuts ...cleaning ...covers ...inspection and maintenance lug nuts ...Windows ...manual windows, operating power windows, operating. Windshield, washing...120 16 58 12 9 3 3 3 45 3 60...
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    Index Windshield washer fluid and wipers . checking and adding fluid ...checking and replacing wiper blades operation ...reservoir ...specifications ...variable interval wipers ...Windshield wipers and washer ...Wrecker towing ...60 189 202 . 60 189 231 . 60 . 60 174 291
  • 1997 Ford Contour | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    Service Station Information 292



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