95 Ford Contour surging and jerking

Stephanie Raymos

Asked by Jun 07, 2015 at 02:12 PM about the 1995 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Got a 95 Contour about a week ago. Been noticing
some issues as I drive it around. It jerks/surges forward while accelerating occasionally
when going
about 30 MPH but more frequently when going over 45 MPH. At a stop in Drive or Park
it hesitates. In reverse it's pretty rough but as
soon as I switch into Drive the sound and vibration goes away. Twice now it's had a
problem starting first thing in the morning but always starts up when I crank it a second
time. Sometimes when I put the car in park after driving for a bit I can here a whistling
sound almost like a tea kettle. Vacuum leak? It sounds like it's coming from the AC
line but it's to the left of the air cleaner and sounds like it might be coming from the
transmission area.I'm starting to think maybe fuel pump or ignition coil. Any advice
would be much appreciated. Thank you!

2 Answers

Tom Demyan

Whistling is usually a vacuum leak. Check all your hoses, sounds like you have an idea which one by the area you described. Clean the throttle body and idle air control valve as well.. Since you just bought it, you probably don't know when it was last serviced, so change/check the spark plugs, change the fluids and filters.

Best Answer
Stephanie Raymos

Thank you so much for your advice. Going to check my fuel pressure first and foremost. Then I'm going to do plugs and wires and check the ignition coil. Did an oil change a few days ago but plan on doing a tranny flush within the next week. Radiator flush later on.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Why does my 1995 ford contour jerks 4 answers

    My 1995 ford contour jerks what is causing this

    1995 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Jerking only when going 45-55 mph. 3 answers

    I have a 95 Ford Contour. It runs fine and there isn't any warning lights on. It shifts a little rough but nothing to serious. It will start jerking/surging slightly when I go over 45 and up to 55 m...

    Ford Contour


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ford Contour jerking 3 answers

    I have a 96 for contour it jerks while accelerating and while mantaining a steady speed. sometime i can pull over and turn the car off wait a min. and go and it will stop. normally starts when the car...

    1996 Ford Contour


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 95 Ford Contour 2.0 engagement shock and whinning 1 answer

    Got a 95 Ford Contour 2.0 l4. When I first got it it was jerking at about 40- 45 mph. Almost like it didn't know what gear to be in. Didn't hear any whining until after my camping trip a month later....

    1995 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan


    Maintenance & Repair

Search Ford Contour Questions

Ford Contour Experts

#1 tropikalpirate
Reputation 590
#2 David Koppa
David Koppa
Reputation 300
#3 Wesley Beadle
Wesley Beadle
Reputation 260
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang"
737 Great Deals out of 41,065 listings starting at $900
Used Ford Taurus"
363 Great Deals out of 23,103 listings starting at $1,400
Used Ford F-150"
3,271 Great Deals out of 216,650 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Escort"
560 listings
Used Ford Explorer"
1,371 Great Deals out of 71,753 listings starting at $300
Used Honda Accord"
1,263 Great Deals out of 78,694 listings starting at $1,400
Used Ford Crown Victoria"
11 Great Deals out of 1,654 listings starting at $1,950
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,417 Great Deals out of 67,100 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Camry"
1,608 Great Deals out of 98,371 listings starting at $895