Power steering fluid

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JEFFREYDOSS
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  • 1995 FORD CONTOUR
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
What type of power steering fluid do you usefor a 1995 Ford contour gl
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Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 AT 11:34 PM

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Tiny
FIXITMR
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Usually the filler cap has the type written on it?
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Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 AT 11:38 PM
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JDL
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For an automatic, the same as the tranny fluid. Mercon XT-2-QDX,that is what the database showed.

Read the guide below, it will help you out

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/power-steering-problems
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Monday, April 4th, 2011 AT 12:18 AM
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COREY ANT
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  • 1999 FORD CONTOUR
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
I had not used the car since yesterday afternoon & I went to drive it today & when I put it in reverse I could
not turn the steering wheel without using all my strength. I then tried to go forward & I could not turn the steering wheel. What can this be? Could running
out of steering fluid cause this?
Thanks.
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:38 PM (Merged)
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Yes, did you check the power steering fluid level?
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:38 PM (Merged)
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ROBP1313
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  • 1998 FORD CONTOUR
  • 2.5L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 90,000 MILES
I just bought a contour svt 1998. There is a loud wining noise from under the engine. The man said its just the power steering pump going bad, how can I be sure? I Dont even know where it is located. I searched everywhere online and can't find any information about the power steering pump on this car. I would just like to know where it is so I can rest easy if the sound is actually coming from the pump instead of something more sever. Please help me.
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:38 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Take a look at this page:

http://www.2carpros.com/diagrams/ford/contour/1998

Locate the pic that is the same as your vehicle and you will see where the pump is located. Also, a pump will usually get louder whey you try to turn the wheels. Make sure the PS fluid is clean and full, too.
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:38 PM (Merged)
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SARAH88
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  • 1998 FORD CONTOUR
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 74,000 MILES
The guy at Meineke checked and said my power steering fluid was fine and the pump tested ok. He said the problem was with the Rack and Pinion.

I asked how much somthing like that costs to replace and he told me close to $1000.00 dollars. He said there is a plastic gear in there that probably has broke and eventually I wont be able to turn the wheels at all. Also, that the whole thing has to be replaced.

I looked online and I see Rack and Pinions selling for $150.00 Is this not the right type? Is the $1000.00 estimate accurate?

I am a college student and don't have all the funds in the world. I would really love one of you guys to help me out. Thanks so much!

-Sarah
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:38 PM (Merged)
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DAVE H
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Price for OEM dealer part steering rack $200.00
5 hours labor @ $50 p/h $250.00

of course your shop may charge different labor p/h and this is a dealer part price, you can probably get this cheaper?
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:38 PM (Merged)
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GUY20RV
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  • 1996 FORD CONTOUR
How much pressure should the power steering pump have on a 96 Ford Contour? If I unhook the sensor, should the fluid squirt out a foot or 2 or should it be very high pressure?
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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 AT 6:39 PM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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The high side is about 600psi! Look out!
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