My 1998 Contour shudders, on then off, on then off... when driving at about 65mph. I just replaced the timing belt and it runs smooth at lower speeds and at idle. What could be the problem?

Asked by Apr 13, 2015 at 01:30 PM about the 1998 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently replaced the timing belt and the car is running smooth at idle and lower speeds.
Also, it stalls occasionally but starts up right away.

4 Answers

7,055

Is the shudder from the engine or the car itself?

That's a good question. It's hard to tell as it is only happening at higher speeds. It doesn't feel like the whole car. And I would think, if it's the tires or alignment, it would be constant. But it isn't. It starts, lasts for about three seconds, then stops. Then about three or four seconds later it will do it again. And this will continue until I slow down or stop.

7,055

Could be a wheel bearing or CV joint issue. At a certain speed the bearing or CV joint hits it's resonance frequency and can cause an on again and off again vibration from the part being worn.

Thanks. I'll look into it and let you know.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Contour

Looking for a Used Contour in your area?

CarGurus has 109 nationwide Contour listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Ford Contour Questions

Ford Contour Experts

#1 tropikalpirate
tropikalpirate
Reputation 610
#2 David Koppa
David Koppa
Reputation 310
#3 Wesley Beadle
Wesley Beadle
Reputation 270
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Taurus
264 Great Deals out of 20,626 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,884 Great Deals out of 212,656 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Escort
446 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,081 Great Deals out of 85,119 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Mustang
399 Great Deals out of 44,403 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Crown Victoria
10 Great Deals out of 1,210 listings starting at $1,700
Used Toyota Camry
1,086 Great Deals out of 98,044 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Accord
888 Great Deals out of 82,090 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Focus
745 Great Deals out of 59,013 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
309 Great Deals out of 38,867 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Civic
705 Great Deals out of 77,526 listings starting at $1,200