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How to Replace a '99 Ford Contour Ignition Switch

by Gregory Crews

A faulty ignition switch will cause your Ford Contour to fail to start when you turn the key. The switch sends an electrical signal from the battery to the starter when the key is turned. The ignition switch in a 1999 Ford Contour is located by the steering wheel. The ignition switch is in inexpensive part that you can find at your local auto parts store or an authorized Ford dealer. You should be able to replace the ignition switch on your Contour within minutes.

Raise the hood and prop it open. Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery, using a socket wrench.

Detach the steering wheel shroud cover with a Phillips screwdriver. There are two screws at the top of the steering column, and three screws at the bottom of the shroud. Lift the shroud off the column and place to the side.

Locate the ignition switch on the opposite side of the steering column from the ignition lock cylinder. The switch is a plastic housing attached to the column.

Detach the two screws holding the switch in place, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the switch away from the steering column.

Disconnect the wiring harness at the back of the switch and plug it into the new switch. It will lock in place once you push it far enough in.

Tighten the switch to the steering column with a Phillips screwdriver. Check to make sure that the harness is locked into the switch.

Reattach the steering wheel shroud over and under the steering column. Tighten the screws securing the shroud, using the Phillips screwdriver.

Reconnect the negative cable to the battery. Close the hood.

Start the engine to make sure the switch is working.

Warning

  • Isolate the battery before working on electrical components. Failure to do so will result in electrical shock.

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About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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