Ford Contour specifications

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The following specifications are for the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique manufactured throughout 1995-2000. Unless otherwise noted, all unmarked measurements are in inches. For some more V6 and SVT specifications please see the Contour SVT specifications list.

Fluids, lubricants, capacities Both engines I4 Zetec V6 Duratec
AC Refrigerant R134a
AC Refrigent capacity 24.5-27.5 oz
Brake fluid DOT 3
Engine oil viscosity 5W-30
Engine oil capacity (w/ filter change) 4.5 qt 5.8 qt, 6.0-6.5 (safer recommendation)
Engine coolant 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze and water
Engine coolant capacity (w/ heater core) 7.5 qt (95-97 automatic),7.0 qt (98+ automatic), 7.0 (95+ manual), 9.1 qt (95-98 automatic), 10.2 qt (98+ automatic), 8.9 qt (95-98 manual), 10 qt (99+ manual)
Power steering fluid Mercon automatic trans fluid
Trans auto & manual fluid Mercon 5 automatic trans fluid
Trans auto capacity dry fill 9.0 qt (95-97), 7.6 qt (98+) 10.3 qt
Trans auto capacity drain & refill 4 qt to start, then add as necessary
Trans manual capacity 5.5 pt
Trans manual clutch fluid Dot-3 brake fluid
Cooling system
Radiator cap opening pressure 16 psi
Recovery tank filler cap pressure 13-18 psi
Pressure test 20 psi for 10 sec
Thermostat Opens 189-194, fully open 216 F
Radiator fan activation stage1: 100 deg C stage2: 103 deg C
Radiator fan deactivation stage1: 93 deg C stage2: 100 deg C
Temperature sensor 68 deg F 35.0-40.0 K-ohms, 212 deg F 1.9-2.5K-ohms, 248 deg F 1.0-1.3 K-ohms.
Fuel system
Fuel filter Motorcraft FG-800A
Fuel pressure idle, regulator hose connected 27.5-33.5 psi (fpr vacuum connected), 36-42 psi (fpr vacuum disconnected)
Fuel system hold pressure 26 psi
Fuel injector resistance 13.7-15.2 ohms
Idle control valve resistance 6-14 ohms
Idle-increase solenoid valve resistance 50-120 ohms
Ignition & electrical
Firing order 1-3-4-2 1-4-2-5-3-6
Cylinder & coil terminal order Contour i4 cylinder order.png Contour v6 cylinder order.png
Spark plugs Motorcraft AYSF22FM (95-97), Motorcraft AZFS32FE (98+), Autolite XP5364 (95+) Motorcraft AGFS32FM, Autolite XP104
Gap 0.050 0.054
Battery rating 540-650 CCA
Ignition timing 10 ± 2 deg
Ignition coil output min 37.0 kilovolts
Ignition coil primary resistance 0.50 ± 0.05 ohms
Alternator output 130 amps
Alternator brush length min 7/32
Alternator reg voltage at 2000 rpm 13.0-15.0 v
Crank position sensor resistance 200-450 ohms
Cam position sensor resistance 200-900 ohms
Intake air temp sensor ±15% 68 deg F 37.30 kOhms, 194 deg F 3.84 kOhms
Throttle position sensor 400-6000 ohms
Power steering pressure switch contacts open inifite resistance 456-460 psi, contacts closed 0-2.5 ohms 196-348 psi
Charcoal canister purge solenoid valve 50-120 ohms
Pulse-air solenoid valve 50-120 ohms
Manual trans MTX-75
Gear ratio 1st 3.42:1
Gear ratio 2nd 2.14:1
Gear ratio 3rd 1.45:1
Gear ratio 4th 1.03:1
Gear ratio 5th 0.77:1
Gear ratio reverse 3.42:1
Gear ratio final drive 3.84:1 4.06:1
Pressure plate runout max 0.028 in
Disc lining thickness min (to rivet heads) 1/32
Flywheel runout max 0.008
Engine information
Displacement 2.0 l (122 cu in) 2.5 l (153 cu in)
Oil pressure (hot) 20-45 psi at 1500 rpm (95-97), 35-65 psi at 2000 rpm (98+) 20-45 psi at 1500 rpm
Direction of crankshaft rotation Clockwise (from right hand side of vehicle)
Brakes
Disc brake pad thickness (min) 1/8
Drum brake shoe thickness - bonded (min) 1/8
Drum brake shoe thickness - riveted (min) 1/16
Front Ventilated disc, single-piston floating caliper
Front disc thickness 0.95 (new), 0.87 (min)
Front disc run-out max 0.006
Front disc thickness variation max .0006
Frong hub face runout max .002
Rear drums Leading and trailing shoes, automatic adjusters
Rear drum diameter 8, 9.0 (new), 9.04 (max)
Rear disc Vented disc, single-piston floating caliper
Rear disc thickness 0.787 (new), 0.71 (min)
Rear disc run-out max 0.006
Rear disc thickness variation max 0.0006
Rear hub run-out max 0.002
Torque specifications
Tensioner drivebelt mounting bolt 35 ft-lbs 15-22 ft-lbs
Spark plugs 108-156 in-lbs (95-97), 132 in-lbs (98+) 84-180 in-lbs (95-97), 144 in-lbs (98+)
Engine oil drain plug 15-21 ft-lbs
Wheel lug nuts 95 ft-lbs
Valve cover bolts 53-71 in-lbs (95-97), 62 in-lbs (98+) 72-108 in-lbs
Timing belt idler pulley bolts 47-53 ft-lbs (95-97), 38 ft-lbs (98+)
Camshaft cap bolts stage1: 90 in-lbs stage2: 180 in-lbs (95-97), 132 in-lbs (98+) 72-108 in-lbs
Cam rear seal retinaer 72-108 in-lbs
Cylinder head bolts stage1: 15-22 ft lbs stage2: 30-37 ft-lbs stage3: Tighten 90-120 deg (95-97), stage1: 18 ft-lbs stage2: 33 ft-lbs stage3: Tighten additional 105 deg (98+) stage1: 27-32 ft-lbs stage2: rotate 85-95 deg stage3: Loosen one full turn stage4: 27-32 ft-lbs stage5: rotate 85-95 deg, stage6: rotate 85-95 deg
Timing belt cover fasteners 27-44 in-lbs (upper cover), 53-71 in-lbs (center & lower cover except 98), 36 ft-lbs (center cover 98)
Cover studs to cylinder head or block 78-96 in-lbs
Timing belt tensioner bolt 26-30 ft-lbs (95-97), 18 ft-lbs (98+)
Timing belt tensioner back plate locating peg 72-96 in-lbs (95-97)
Timing belt tensioner spring retaining pin 71-97 in-lbs (95-97)
Timing belt sprocket to camshaft bolts 47-53 ft-lbs (95-97), 50 ft-lbs (98+ intake cam), 88 ft-lbs (98 exhaust cam), stage1: 44 ft-lbs stage2: 89 ft-lbs (99+ exhaust cam)
Drivebelt idler pulley 35 ft-lbs (95-98), 30 ft-lbs (99+) 15-22 ft-lbs
Intake manifold nuts & bolts 144-180 in-lbs 72-108 in-lbs (upper & lower)
Intake manifold studs 84 ft-lbs
Alternator output terminal 80-97 in-lbs
Alternator pulley 33 ft-lbs
Alternator 15-22 ft-lbs (95-97), 33 ft-lbs (98+)
Alternator bracket 35 ft-lbs (95-97), 48 ft-lbs (98+)
Starter through-bolts 45-89 in-lbs
Starter motor mount bracket 18 ft-lbs bolts, 150 in-lbs nuts
Starter motor mount 15-20 ft-lbs
Starter solenoid 45-89 in-lbs
Cylinder head support 35 ft-lbs (front & rear)
Front engine lifting eye bolt 120-156 in-lbs (left hand), 29-40 ft-lbs (right hand)
Exhaust manifold heat shield 60 in-lbs (cyl head), 84 in-lbs (dip stick), 17 ft-lbs (coolant pipe to manifold)
Exhaust manifold nuts 132 in-lbs 13-16 ft-lbs
Crank pulley 81-89 ft-lbs stage1: 89 ft-lbs stage2: loosen one turn stage3: 35-39 ft-lbs stage4: rotate 90 deg
Oil pump 72-96 in-lbs 72-108 in-lbs
Oil pickup 71-97 lbs (screws) 156-180 in-lbs (baffle) 72-108 in-lbs (nuts & bolts 95-98), stage1: 44 in-lbs stage2: Tighten 45 deg (nuts & bolts 99+)
Oil filter adapter 13-18 ft-lbs 25 ft-lbs
Oil pressure sensor adapter 15-22 ft-lbs
Oil pan baffle 15-22 ft-lbs (95-98), stage1: 44 in-lbs stage2: Tighten 45 deg (99+)
Oil pan 15-18 ft-lbs (95-97), 84 in-lbs (98), 18 ft-lbs (99+) 15-22 ft-lbs
Oil pan to trans 25-34 ft-lbs 25-34 ft-lbs
Rear main oil seal retainer 156-192 in-lbs
Coolant tube to oil pan 84 in-lbs
Flywheel/driveplate 79-88 ft-lbs 54-64 ft-lbs
Trans manual to engine 30 ft-lbs
Trans manual linkage support rod 41 ft-bs
Trans manual linkage clamp bolt 144 in-lbs
Trans manual shift assembly rear mounting 32 ft-lbs
Trans manual linkage to selector shaft 17 ft-lbs
Clutch slave cylinder bleed screw 61-87 in-lbs
Driveaxle support bearing bracket 17-22 ft-lbs
Driveaxle hub retaining nut 251 ft-lbs (95-97), 200 (98+)
Release cylinder bolts 84-168 in-lbs (95-97), 88 in-lbs (98+)
Rlease cylinder hydraulic fitting 124 in-lbs
Clutch master cylinder nuts 88 in-lbs
Pressure plate 13-18 ft-lbs (95-97), 21 ft-lbs (98+)
Trans auto selector cable bracket 15-19 ft-lbs
Trans auto torque converter 25-29 ft-lbs
Trans auto to engine 41-50 ft-lbs (95-97), 30 ft-lbs (98+)
Trans auto oil cooler lines 17 ft-lbs (95-97), 27-32 ft-lbs (98+)
Trans auto selector lever 84 in-lbs
Trans auto selector lever sensor 88 in-lbs
Trans auto speed sensor 44 in-lbs
Trans auto drain plug 19-21 ft-lbs
Trans auto cooler lines 15-19 ft-lbs
Engine/trans mount front 35 ft-lbs (subframe) 52-70 ft-lbs
Engine/trans mount rear man 58-62 ft-lbs (12mm trans bolts), 35 ft-lbs (10mm trans bolts), 35 ft-lbs (subframe) 52-70 ft-lbs
Engine/trans mount rear auto 35-36 (trans), 35 ft-lbs (subframe) 30-41 ft-lbs
Engine/trans mount left-hand 61 ft-lbs (trans) 30-41 ft-lbs
Engine/trans mount right-hand 61-66 ft-lbs (engine), 82 ft-lbs (body) 30-41 ft-lbs
Engine/trans mount centerbolts 89 ft-lbs 75-102 ft-lbs
Timing chain guide & tensioner 15-22 ft-lbs
Cap bolts & studs main bearing 63 ft-lbs
Cap bolts connecting rods stage1: 26 ft-lbs stage2: tighten 90 degrees stage1: 17 ft-lbs stage2: 32 ft-lbs stage3: tighten 90 deg
Piston cooling oil-jet blanking plug 84 in-lbs
Crank case lower to block 16 ft-lbs (98), 22 ft-lbs (99+) stage1: bolts 1-8 18 ft-lbs stage2: bolts 9-16 30 ft-lbs stage3: bolts 1-16 tighten 90 deg stage 4: bolts 17-22 18 ft-lbs
Radiator lower support 71-97 in-lbs
Thermostat housing 78 in-lbs 156 in-lbs
Coolant temperature gauge sensor 62-89 in-lbs 13-18 ft-lbs
Coolant temperature sensor 89-120 in-lbs (95-97), 156 in-lbs (98+) 120-168 in-lbs (95-97), 17 ft-lbs (98+)
Water pump 156 in-lbs
Air conditioning condenser 24-48 in-lbs
Air conditioning compressor 15-22 ft-lbs (95-97), 65 (98+) 15-22 ft-lbs
Radiator fan shroud 24-28 in-lbs
Water crossover retainers 71-106 in-lbs
Plenum chamber 35 in-lbs
Throttle body 88 in-lbs
Idle control valve 88 in-lbs
Fuel injector retainer 71-106 in-lbs
Fuel pressure regulator 35 in-lbs 66 in-lbs (95-97), 53 in-lbs (98), 60 in-lbs (99+)
Fuel rail 88 in-lbs
Fuel rail couplings 17-22 ft-lbs
Exhaust all 30-33 ft-lbs
Crank position sensor 53-108 in-lbs 40-61 in-lbs
Cam position sensor 156-204 in-lbs (95-97), 66 in-lbs (98+) 71-106 in-lbs (95-97), 84 in-lbs (98+)
Intake air temp sensor 17 ft-lbs
Oxygen sensor 44 ft-lbs
EGR valve mounting 62-97 in-lbs 15-22 ft-lbs
EGR valve to exhaust manifold 44 ft-lbs (tube nuts), 62-97 in-lbs (coil bracket) 26-33 ft-lbs
Filter housing 35 ft-lbs
Exhaust manifold piping sleve nuts 24 ft-lbs
Throttle position sensor 132-180 in-lbs (95-97), 177 in-lbs (98+) 21-29 ft-lbs (95-97), 40 ft-lbs (98+)
Caliper bracket 89 ft-lbs front & back
Front caliper guide bolts 21 ft-lbs
Rear caliper guide bolts 30 ft-lbs
Rear drum brake backing plate 37 ft-lbs
Rear disc brake splash shield 66 ft-lbs
Vacuum booster unit 30 ft-lbs
Master cylinder 17 ft-lbs
ABS hydraulic unit 180 in-lbs
Wheel cylinder bolts 108 in-lbs
Front subframe 96 ft-lbs
Front lower arm ball joint to lower arm 43 ft-lbs
Front lower arm ball joint to steering knuckle 40 ft-lbs (95-97), 62 ft-lbs (98+)
Front lower arm to subframe 62 ft-lbs
Front sway/stabilizer bar 18 ft-lbs
Front sway/stabilizer bar link 26 ft-lbs
Front suspesnion strut to knuckle 62 ft-lbs
Front suspension strut upper mount nuts 34 ft-lbs
Front suspension strut thrust bearing nut 44 ft-lbs
Rear crossmember 75-102 ft-lbs
Rear front lower arm to knuckle & crossmember 52-72 ft-lbs
Rear lower arm to knucklke 75-102 ft-lbs
Rear lower arm to crossmember 52-72 ft-lbs
Rear sway/stabilizer bar 14-19 ft-lbs
Rear sway/stabilizer bar link 22-30 ft-lbs
Rear suspension strut to knuckle 52-72 ft-lbs
Rear hub nut 214 ft-lbs
Rear tie bar & tie bar bracket 75-102 ft-lbs
Rear strut upper mount 17-22 ft-lbs
Rear strut upper nut 30-43 ft-lbs
Steering rack mounts 101 ft-lbs
Tie-rod end to knuckle 18-22 ft-lbs
Tie-rod end to locknut 25-35 ft-lbs
Steering wheel 33-41 ft-lbs
Flex coupling 17-24 ft-lbs
Power steering pipe unions 20-26 ft-lbs
Steering column to coupling 168-240 in-lbs
Steering column mounts 168-240 in-lbs
Steering pump mount 180-252 in-lbs
Steering pump pressure line 42-54 ft-lbs
Hood & trunk hinges 18 ft-lbs
Trunk-lid 84 in-lbs
Front seat & seat belts 28 ft-lbs
Bumper 84 in-lbs
Rebuild info
Cam bearing inside diameter 1.062-1.063 in
Cam bearing journal diameter 1.022-1.023 1.060-1.061 in
Cam bearing clearance 0.0008-0.0027 0.001-0.0064 (standard), 0.0047 (service limit)
Cam endplay 0.003-0.009 (95-98), 0.0007-0.008 (99+) 0.001-0.0064 in
Cam lifter diameter 1.116-1.117 (95-97), 0.8740-0.8745 (98+) 0.6290-0.6294
Cam lifter clearance 0.0010-0.0027 (95-97), 0.0009-0.0026 (98+) 0.0007-0.0027
Cam lifter collapsed gap 0.19-0.43 in
Cam rocker arm ratio 1.8:1
Cam lobe lift At 0 lash: 0.35 (95-97 intake primary), 0.036 (95-97 intake secondary), 0.31 (95-97 exhaust), 0.245 (98+ intake & exhuast) 0.188 in
Cylinder head warpage limit 0.006 overall
Cylinder head combustion chamber vol 43-46 cu cm
Valve lift 0.35 intake 0.31 exhaust (95-97), 0.405 both (98+)
Valve clearance at room temp 0.004-0.007 (98+ intake), 0.011-0.013 (98+ exhaust)
Valve head diam 1.26 intake 1.10 exhaust (95-97), 1.53-1.54 intake 1.33-1.34 exhaust (98+) 1.26 intake 1.02 exhaust
Valve stem diam 0.2373-0.2379 intake 0.2366-0.2372 exhaust (95-97), 0.3159-0.3166 intake 0.3148-0.3156 exhaust (98+) 0.2350-0.2358 intake 0.2343-0.2350 exhaust
Valve stem clearance 0.0007-0.0025 intake 0.0014-0.0032 exhaust (95-97) 0.0008-0.0027 intake 0.0018-0.0037 exhaust (98+) 0.0007-0.0027 intake 0.0017-0.0037 exhaust
Valve seat max face runout 0.0014 (95-97), 0.002 (98+) 0.001
Valve spring free length 1.70 (95-97), 1.86 (98+) 1.84
Valve spring installed height 1.35 (95-97), 1.42-1.54 (98+)
Valve spring pressure opened 153 lb at 1.18 in intake & exhaust
Valve spring pressure closed 51 lb at 1.57 in intake & exhaust
Valve face angle 91 deg (95-97), 45.6 deg (98+) 45.5 deg
Valve seat angle 90 deg (95-97), 44.6 deg (98+) 44.75 deg
Valve seat width 0.043-0.055 intake 0.055-0.066 exhaust
Valve seat max runout 0.001
Cylinder block bore diam 3.3386-3.3390 (class 1), 3.3390-3.3394 (class 2), 3.3394-3.3398 (class 3) 3.2440-3.2445 (class 1), 3.2445-3.2449 (calss 2), 3.2449-3.2452 (class 3)
Cylinder block max out-of-round 0.0008
Cylinder block max out-of-taper 0.0002
Piston diameter 3.3374-3.3378 (class 1), 3.3378-3382 (class 2), 3.3382-3.3386 (class 3) 3.2436-3.244 (class 1), 3.2440-3.2452 (class 2), 3.2444-3.2452 (class3)
Piston to bore clearance 0.0008-0.0016 0.0005-0.0009
Piston ring 1 end gap 0.010-0.020 (95-97), 0.012-0.020 (98), 0.010-0.011 (99+) 0.004-0.010
Piston ring 2 end gap 0.012-0.020 (95-97), 0.012-0.020 (98), 0.010-0.011 (99+) 0.011-0.016
Piston ring oil end gap 0.016-0.055 (98), 0.015-0.066 (99+) 0.006-0.025
Piston ring 1 side clearance 0.0015-0.0029 (standard), 0.0034 (service limit)
Piston ring 2 side clearance 0.0015-0.0033
Piston ring oil side clearance Snug fit
Piston pin diam 0.8119-0.8120 (white color code marked A), 0.8120-0.8121 (red color code marked B), 0.8121-0.8122 (blue color code marked C) 0.8272-0.8273
Piston pin bore diam 0.8270-0.8272
Piston pin clerance 0.0004-0.0006 0.0001-0.00003
Crank max out-of-round 0.0003 0.0006
Crank max taper 0.0003 0.0004
Crank main bearing oil clearance 0.0004-0.0023 0.0010-0.0018 (desired), 0.0019 (service limit)
Crank main bearing undersizes 0.0008-0.010
Crank main bearing journal diam 2.2827-2.2835 2.479-2.480
Crank endplay 0.003-0.012 0.004-0.009
Connecting rod journal diam 1.8460-1.8468 (95-98), 1.7279-1.7287 (99+) 1.967-1.968
Connecting rod bore diameter 0.8106-0.8114 (pin) 2.0872-2.0879 (crank), 0.827-0.828 (pin)
Connecting rod max out-of-round 0.0003 0.0006
Connecting rod max out-of-taper 0.0003 0.0004
Connecting rod bearing oil clearance 0.0006-0.0027 0.001-0.0025
Connecting rod bearing undersizes 0.0008-0.010
Connecting rod length center to center 5.435-5.448
Connecting rod to crank side clearance 0.0039-0.012 (standard), 0.014 (service limit)
Connecting rod to piston side clearance 0.0001-0.0007 (standard), 0.013 (service limit)