was told to check fuel pressure because of lose of power and periodic jerking. Need some knowledge in this matter please.

Terry Couron

Asked by Nov 30, 2015 at 05:35 PM about the 1998 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Fordnut answered me earlier and I'm sorry if I offended you, was not my
intention. Thanks for your answer. I just changed the fuel filter, plugs &
wires, cleaned mass air flow reg, had Cat checked and is good. I changed
transmission fluid  and i'm still having a problem with the motor jerking and
losing power. Overdrive light always came on at start up but now will only
come on manually. Car ran fine last night for about 10 miles and then
started losing power and jerking. Have to accelerate to bring back to speed
and then starts jerking again. Transmission is not slipping and goes into
gear fine, don't know what else to try. Please looking for some help, thanks.

1 Answer

Tom Demyan

Hi Terry, I don't think Fuel pressure is your issue. Since the OD light was on that tells me the Torque converter is locking up at idle. There should be a shift lock solenoid that controls the converter that might be faulty or the convertor is worn , which means the whole transmission needs to be rebuilt or replaced. The Contour uses a CD4E trans and requires frequent fluid changes to stay healthy. Have a good mechanic diagnose it for you or trans shop. IF you need another transmission, you might think twice spending the money on a 17 year old vehicle.

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