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    Default 98 contour wont start

    Ok, here is the deal. One of my radiator hoses blew a while back while going up a large hill. The car died and I left it at a friends house for the past month or so. I get the contour back today and pulled off the belt for the water pump to see if it locked up and maybe that was the reason for it not starting. I tried to start the car at this point and it cranks really slow. I give it a jump start and it still cranks slow, and does not ever start. I tried spinning the pully for the water pump and it is not locked up. I checked my fuses and fuse 31 and 32 were both blown. I have no idea what those fuses went to, but they have been replaced now. Where should I start to figure out while this car wont start?
    1997 Ford Contour GL, ATX, 4 cylinder, 160,000+miles
    meh.

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    Could be a wiring issue leading to a dead battery. Charge battery well.

    From Ray,

    a list of fuses for the entire car:


    "FUSE LIST" (just said these so it comes up in searches)
    FUSE DIAGRAM



    FUSES
    ENGINE COMPARTMENT FUSE BOX
    Fuse # - Amp - Color - Circuit
    1 - 80 - Black - Main power
    2 - 60 - Yellow - Engine cooling fan
    3 - 60 - Yellow - ABS braking system, Heater blower motor
    4 - 20 - Yellow - Daytime running lights
    5 - 15 - Light Blue - Fog lamp
    6 - Not used
    7 - 20 - Yellow - ABS system
    8 - Not used
    9 - 20 - Light Blue - ECU
    10 - 20 - Light Blue - Ignition switch
    11 - 3 - Violet - ECU memory
    12 - 15 - Light Blue - Horn, Hazard flasher warning system
    13 - 20 - Yellow - Oxygen sensor
    14 - 15 - Light Blue - Fuel pump
    15 - 10 - Red - Low beam, passenger side
    16 - 10 - Red - Low beam, driver's side
    17 - 10 - Red - High beam, passenger side
    18 - 10 - Red - High beam, driver's side
    PASSENGER COMPARTMENT FUSE BOX
    Fuse # - Amp - Color - Circuit
    19 - Not used
    20 - 10 - Black - Wiper motors (circuit breaker)
    21 - 40 - Orange - Power windows
    22 - 7.5 - Brown - ABS module
    23 - 15 - Light Blue - Backup lights
    24 - 15 - Light Blue - Brake lights
    25 - 20 - Yellow - Door locks
    26 - 7.5 - Brown - Main light
    27 - 15 - Light Blue - Cigarette lighter
    28 - 30 - Light Green - Electric seats
    29 - 30 - Light Green - Rear window defroster
    30 - 7.5 - Brown - Engine management system
    31 - 7.5 - Brown - Instrument panel illumination
    32 - 7.5 - Brown - Radio
    33 - 7.5 - Brown - Parking lamps - drivers side
    34 - 7.5 - Brown - Interior lights, electric side mirrors, clock
    35 - 7.5 - Brown - Parking lights - passenger side
    36 - 10 - Red - Air bag
    37 - 30 - Light Green - Heater blower motor
    38 - Not used


    RELAYS
    ENGINE COMPARTMENT FUSE BOX
    Relay - Circuit
    R1 - Daytime running lights
    R2 - Radiator fan, high speed
    R3 - Air conditioning
    R4 - Air conditioning clutch
    R5 - Radiator fan, low speed
    R6 - Starter solenoid
    R7 - Horn
    R8 - Fuel pump
    R9 - Headlight, low beam
    R10 - Headlight, high beam
    R11 - ECU module
    D1 - Reverse voltage protection
    PASSENGER COMPARTMENT FUSE B0X
    Relay - Circuit
    R12 - Interior lighting
    R13 - Rear window defroster
    R14 - Heater blower motor
    R15 - Wiper motor
    R16 - Ignition
    D2 - Reverse voltage protection

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    I dont think it is my battery. I swapped batteries and it still wont start. Where do I go from here?
    1997 Ford Contour GL, ATX, 4 cylinder, 160,000+miles
    meh.

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    I only have two engine codes. One is for the VCT and the other is for O2 sensor. I had both of these before the no start condition.
    1997 Ford Contour GL, ATX, 4 cylinder, 160,000+miles
    meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnvoyXL View Post
    I only have two engine codes. One is for the VCT and the other is for O2 sensor. I had both of these before the no start condition.
    One (most probably VCT) or both were operating on its last legs and finally "gave up the ghost". Time to change those.

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    The VCT code was being thrown because I had it disconnected. It wasnt operating properly and was throwing the timing off. When disconnected it goes back to the correct default timing. This will not cause the vehicle not to start and neither will an O2 sensor. So where else should I start?
    1997 Ford Contour GL, ATX, 4 cylinder, 160,000+miles
    meh.

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    Let me quote Big Jim again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim View Post
    One of the first rules of troubleshooting is that you fix what you know is wrong and then re-evaluate.
    Last edited by Tony2005; 09-22-2006 at 06:23 AM.

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    try jumping it with another vehicle....

    when we rebuilt my motor and attempted to start the car it would spin but just not fast enough... had a brand new battery and a jump box as well but the only way we got it to catch was with jumper cables and another vehicle..

    Good Luck.
    Crispy

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    The things that are messed up are not causing a no start condition. So is there anybody else out there who would like to jump in on this?

    Jump starting was a good idea, I tried, but still did not start.
    1997 Ford Contour GL, ATX, 4 cylinder, 160,000+miles
    meh.

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    Got FUEL (at proper pressure)?

    Got SPARK?

    Got AIR?

    Need all three at the proper times and in the proper amounts.

    You're missing at least one of them.

    A quick shot of starting fluid into the throttle body while cranking will substitute for the fuel supply.

    Cracking the throttle 1/4 way while cranking will bypass the IAC.

    Check for spark using a spark tester, or by using the old screwdriver and plug wire routine.

    Once you know which sub-system has failed, you a lot closer to knowing why the engine won't start.

    Steve
    Retired 98 Contour SE Sport 2.5 Duratec ATX - Dead transmission @ 235K miles
    2001 F250 Super Duty 6.8L 4x4 - The NEW Workhorse 152K.
    2007 Mariner 3.0L AWD - Wifey's new ride
    2000 Contour V6 ATX Acquired 11/1/2013

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