Ford Contour 95 Spark Plug Wire Corrosion

dongliudongliu Member Posts: 15
edited March 2014 in Ford
My Ford Contour 95 GL V6 has its spark plug
wire damaged by corrosion, and costs me $400 to
I first felt that the engine vibrated several
times once in a while, then started vibrating all
the time at all speeds. Putting the gear in parking
reduced the vibration a little bit. The car felt
very sluggish in acceleration. Occasionally I
sensed a very strange smell.
This morning I learned from my dealer's repair
department that the spark plug wire is corroded,
and causes misfire, and the smell.
Too bad that it costs $400, and is not covered
by my extended warranty.
One colleague who has two Contours, one 95,
one 98, told me that his 95 Contour developed exact
the same wire corrosion twice. Once after his wife
went to New York and left the car for a week. The
second time is when his wife delivered a baby and
had not driven the car for several weeks. Each time
costs him big money. He swear that next time
Contour gives him trouble, he will swap it for a
Spark plug wire corrosion seems to be a common
problem for Contour, or any other car. My wife's
colleague has the exactly same problem with a
Toyota. The question seems to be when you will have
this problem, not if. Is there any way to prevent
it? Is it easy to repair it by yourself? How to
check if I do a good job? What is the risk if it
turns out that my auto repair skill is not as good
as I think?
Two month ago I spent $200 to change the EGL
valve ( or EGR valve?). $600 for 5 year 40K car is
too much in such a short time. That makes me
dreadful of the opening of the flood gate, that is
when the designed life expectancy is reached for
most parts. You can throw in thousands of dollars
and still be forced to give up the car shortly
after. I wonder how long is this "magic" life
expectancy for most Contours.
My previous car is a 84 Toyota Tercel. After I
started to do the maintenance and minor repair on
my one since 94, the car goes bad rapidly. On 95,
after changing alternator and starter, it developed
engine problem and could only go as fast as 7 mph.
I had to ditch it to junkyard. It only has 84K.
That experience left a bad taste for me, on
the general myth of high quality of Japanese cars,
and on my auto skills.
Now it seems that my gamble on newly revived
US auto industry is going to be a very costly
mistake. Any advice on feasibility and risk of
do-it-yourself repair work? Any advice on some
really reliable family car or minivan or
family-oriented SUV if I need to give up my Contour
next year? Reliability index on edmund is good
reference. But people experience is much better. My
experience, along with many others on Toyota
Tercel is not consistent with its high reliability
index on edmund.
To be fair, I enjoyed the trouble-free high
performance of my Contour for the last five years.
I am not complaining about the past, only trying to
steer away from future expenses.


  • chuckie33chuckie33 Member Posts: 1
    I own a 1995 contour gl v6. it started running really bad ,and my gas mileage went from around 23mpg down to about 15mpg!!!!! I took the car to an independent garage and they noticed a "skip" int the engine and suggested that maybe I was BEATING ON MY CAR!!!!!!!I told them that they were full of crap and took the car to my ford dealership to have them look at it. I was expecting to have to replace the catalytic converter, O2 sensor, as well as tune it up. The car had over 80000 miles on it at the time, so it was just about time for a tune-up. I thought it was going to cost well over a grand. When the service guy called and told me that it was going to cost a little over 500 dollars, I was very happy. It turned out that the plug wires had corroded, and the plugs had fouled. Basically, I paid 500 bucks for a tune-up, but I was glad that nothing else was wrong with it. The car has over 100000 miles on it now, and is running better now than it did a year ago. I love my contour and its powerful 2.5 liter V6.
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