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  • Awaken Great SVTC People of the NW!

    Hi there! I'd like to meet up with more Contour SVT owners/enthusiasts here in the NW. I live in Portland and am willing to drive or host. I see no fresh posts from our region, so here's a start. Please respond to this post, or e mail me at: bciamfree (at) g m a i l (dot) com. And here's a couple pix of my car, 'JackRabbit' for your entertainment. Thanks, Brian -

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    I'm in the Tacoma/Puyallup area of WA. Don't know how many are in the area though.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by cclngthr View Post
      I'm in the Tacoma/Puyallup area of WA. Don't know how many are in the area though.
      Yeah, I see most of the posts in this section are 2015 or earlier. I'm hoping there's more enthusiasts that will come out of hibernation with summer coming on. Tacoma isn't far from Portland! Is your Contour your daily driver? What's it look like?

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      • #4
        Mine is a 98 LX silver frost V6 model. So far it is stock, a DD. I've done a lot of neglected maintenance on it since when I bought it, it was not in that great of shape. Every gasket except timing cover and oil pan was replaced, intake cleaned, IMRC, brakes, rear brake cylinders, injectors, water pump, IMRC, tires, outer tie rods, plugs, wires, hoses, trans pan gasket, wiper motor and linkage assembly, radio, dash/interior lights, Trans, an auto was previously rebuilt, but I refreshed it. o2 sensors were causing cat codes to come up. Water injection cleaned the cats enough to wake them up.

        When I got it, it ran, but ran rough. It needs paint though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cclngthr View Post
          Mine is a 98 LX silver frost V6 model. So far it is stock, a DD. I've done a lot of neglected maintenance on it since when I bought it, it was not in that great of shape. Every gasket except timing cover and oil pan was replaced, intake cleaned, IMRC, brakes, rear brake cylinders, injectors, water pump, IMRC, tires, outer tie rods, plugs, wires, hoses, trans pan gasket, wiper motor and linkage assembly, radio, dash/interior lights, Trans, an auto was previously rebuilt, but I refreshed it. o2 sensors were causing cat codes to come up. Water injection cleaned the cats enough to wake them up. When I got it, it ran, but ran rough. It needs paint though.
          I bought my black SVT with a transmission issue that has gotten a lot worse lately. It has always shown codes for lean front bank, both cats, and the dash coolant level light is on. The engine runs very strong, but I do drive it hard all the time, so who knows how long it will last. I read it's a really solid engine though. My paint needs work too. I plan on plasti-dipping my whole car as soon as I can afford the paint and get my air system put together. Man, it sounds like you've put a lot of work into your ride. Wow, you got your cats to come back online? Was that with a combo of water injection and fresh O2 sensors or just water alone?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jackrabbit View Post

            I bought my black SVT with a transmission issue that has gotten a lot worse lately. It has always shown codes for lean front bank, both cats, and the dash coolant level light is on. The engine runs very strong, but I do drive it hard all the time, so who knows how long it will last. I read it's a really solid engine though. My paint needs work too. I plan on plasti-dipping my whole car as soon as I can afford the paint and get my air system put together. Man, it sounds like you've put a lot of work into your ride. Wow, you got your cats to come back online? Was that with a combo of water injection and fresh O2 sensors or just water alone?
            It was the combo of water, Seafoam and the o2 sensors. You also have lean codes, which likely are a result of vacuum leaks from the intake manifold gaskets and the vacuum lines behind the engine. I would pull the U/LIM and swap the gaskets as well as the valve cover gaskets. The plastic vacuum lines by the EGR valve are always breaking. I replaced those with regular hoses. That should clear up the codes. If you ever get around Tacoma, let me know. I try to log in here often, but my email is guthriecolin@hotmail.com. I have the high end scanners, one a dealer equipped laptop and a handheld that has the upgraded software. I can easily tell you exactly why you are getting codes. That coolant light is because the coolant is too low, It needs to be above the sensor in the reservoir.

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            • #7
              The sensor sucks in contours so alot of the times it just throws a code even tho coolant is fine. also, I just emailed both of you. Welcome to the PNW Contour scene. :)
              98 EO SVT Deleted Cat/Blue Chip in PCM/Foglight Mod/Moosing Fix BAT struts/spring Carbon Fiber Cowl Hood & Carbon Fiber Nascar Trunklid

              2000 Red/Tan SF connectors/ frontnrear strut braces, BAT struts/springs B&M shifter, Bosal Exhaust/ Dynomatted,

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              • #8
                Originally posted by satya_svt98 View Post
                The sensor sucks in contours so alot of the times it just throws a code even tho coolant is fine. also, I just emailed both of you. Welcome to the PNW Contour scene. :)
                Actually, it needs to be at a higher level. It depends totally on the level of coolant in the tank.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cclngthr View Post

                  Actually, it needs to be at a higher level. It depends totally on the level of coolant in the tank.
                  I've filled the coolant up pretty high before and it still gave me the dash light. Sometime, I'd like to check the wires just to make sure there's not a fault somewhere, but maybe the sensors really do just suck? That's great about getting your cats revived! I'll be trying that myself down the road when I have to face Portland's DEQ in about 1.5yrs. That would be cool to get a scan, I'll see if you'll be around next time I'm heading up that way. I'll likely goto the event Satya mentioned above, so maybe I'll cya there.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jackrabbit View Post

                    I've filled the coolant up pretty high before and it still gave me the dash light. Sometime, I'd like to check the wires just to make sure there's not a fault somewhere, but maybe the sensors really do just suck? That's great about getting your cats revived! I'll be trying that myself down the road when I have to face Portland's DEQ in about 1.5yrs. That would be cool to get a scan, I'll see if you'll be around next time I'm heading up that way. I'll likely goto the event Satya mentioned above, so maybe I'll cya there.
                    I'll be at the event Satya is setting up. I'll look at it there. I'll likely bring my handheld with me.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cclngthr View Post

                      I'll be at the event Satya is setting up. I'll look at it there. I'll likely bring my handheld with me.
                      Excellent! See ya there!

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                      • #12
                        22ish people commited to coming.. about 17 SVT contours so far..
                        98 EO SVT Deleted Cat/Blue Chip in PCM/Foglight Mod/Moosing Fix BAT struts/spring Carbon Fiber Cowl Hood & Carbon Fiber Nascar Trunklid

                        2000 Red/Tan SF connectors/ frontnrear strut braces, BAT struts/springs B&M shifter, Bosal Exhaust/ Dynomatted,

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                        • #13
                          Official headcount:

                          1) Satya
                          2) Ivan
                          3) Brandon
                          4) Brad
                          5) Warren
                          6) Scott
                          7) Kevin
                          8) Rob
                          9) Shotwell
                          10) Bob
                          11) Tyree
                          12) Seth
                          13) Darrius
                          14) Cclnghr
                          15) Brian
                          16) Groovnerd/Marty
                          17) Doug
                          18) Katie
                          19) Lawrence
                          20) Neal
                          21) Neals Son

                          Maybes:
                          Nathaniel - svtc 2.5 engine swapped into a focus
                          Zack - silver svt
                          Chris - 2 svt's
                          Walter - canada guy
                          98 EO SVT Deleted Cat/Blue Chip in PCM/Foglight Mod/Moosing Fix BAT struts/spring Carbon Fiber Cowl Hood & Carbon Fiber Nascar Trunklid

                          2000 Red/Tan SF connectors/ frontnrear strut braces, BAT struts/springs B&M shifter, Bosal Exhaust/ Dynomatted,

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