1998 Ford Contour Scheduled Maintenance

1998 Ford Contour Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule for a 1998 Ford Contour? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

Maintenance for Your 1998 Ford Contour

What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the 1998 Ford Contour?

What to Know About 1998 Ford Contour Scheduled Maintenance

When it comes to your Ford Contour, how you treat your car makes all the difference in its performance. With the right maintenance at the right time, your Contour has a good chance of hitting 200,000 miles or more. But how do you know what service to get and when? It can be overwhelming, but fortunately, there’s a resource that takes the guesswork out of routine Contour maintenance. It’s as easy as following the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been written specifically for your 1998 Ford Contour!

This recommended maintenance schedule is written by the auto manufacturer, Ford themselves. Depending on driving conditions and climate in your area (as well as other contributing factors, like your personal travel habits), your car’s scheduled maintenance needs may vary; however, recommended maintenance usually includes services like fluid exchanges, filter changes, new brake pads, oil changes, and tire rotations. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Contour running for longer, keep you safer on the road, and maybe even save you the headache of dealing with common 1998 Ford Contour problems in the future.

Essential Maintenance to Keep Your Ford Contour Running Newer, Longer

Head to your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care in your 1998 Ford Contour for factory-recommended routine maintenance and a skilled technician will start the appointment with a Courtesy Check. This Courtesy Check can establish a baseline of what may need to be addressed during your service appointment. Each Courtesy Check includes a free battery test and an inspection of your Contour's windshield wiper blades, head and tail lights, filters, fluid levels, tires, and alignment.

Think you could be due for a new battery in your 1998 Ford Contour? If your current battery is more than three years old, it may be time for a replacement (batteries typically last somewhere between three and five years). Depending on the climate where you live and your habits while driving, your Contour may need a replacement battery sooner. Extremely hot or cold temperatures can take a toll on your Ford Contour battery, and so can frequent short drives. It can be tempting to try and get as much life out of your battery as possible, but it’s smart to check it regularly and replace it before it gets too weak. If you keep driving on a battery that can't hold a charge, you run the risk of being stranded when your battery finally gives out (and no one can predict where that might be!). Your Ford Contour won’t even be able to start with a weak battery, much less get you where you need to go.

In addition to maintaining a strong battery, investing in regular oil changes can help your 1998 Ford Contour's engine run smoother. Reference the chart toward the top of the page if you're not sure about the optimal oil change intervals for your 1998 Contour. Remember, things like average outside temperature or frequency of trips could increase or decrease this interval for your specific vehicle. Come in and speak with a Firestone Complete Auto Care technician to find out how often to change your oil. We can also answer any questions you have about what type of oil to use for your 1998 Ford Contour.

Periodic service to the steering system in your Ford Contour can improve ride comfort and help you maintain control of your vehicle. When it comes to steering and suspension, you want to catch small problems before they turn into big (and expensive) ones. Trust our technicians to inspect system components and if needed, perform Ford Contour suspension and steering services. These might include wheel alignment, power steering fluid flushes and replenishments, ball joint lubrication, wheel bearing replacement, and strut replacement. Prevent damage or premature wear and tear on your Ford Contour's steering system with regular maintenance.

Without routine Ford Contour maintenance, you (and your engine) could quickly lose your cool when there's a problem on the road–especially if that problem is an overheated engine or broken A/C. We can help you with all those issues. Our technicians have the knowledge and tools to repair and maintain the heating and cooling systems for your Ford Contour’s engine, and we can service your A/C system, too. Need a new Ford Contour radiator? We can take care of that. A/C smelling musty? We’re here to fix that, too. Firestone Complete Auto Care is your one-stop shop for 1998 Ford Contour maintenance and repairs.

We can help you keep your vehicle (and your life!) running smoothly. Many of our locations have weekend and evening hours for your convenience.

1998 Ford Contour Maintenance Q&A

Take an active role in maintaining your 1998 Ford Contour. Get answers to common Ford Contour maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • What do I do if I hit a pothole in my Ford Contour? You know your Ford Contour better than anyone else, so you’ll know if something doesn’t feel right while driving. Have your alignment checked (and adjusted if necessary) as soon as you notice a pulling steering wheel to prevent suspension damage or uneven tire wear.
  • When should I switch my Ford Contour to high mileage oil? Do you have more than 75,000 miles on your Ford Contour? If so, request to switch to high mileage oil at your next oil change. This type of oil is specially formulated to keep aging engine parts in the best possible condition.
  •  Why are my Ford dashboard lights on? Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Ford Contour in for a diagnostic code scan as soon as a dashboard warning light flashes on, whether it's your check engine or battery light. Dashboard lights alert you to trouble under the hood.

Maintain Your Ford Contour

Your Ford Contour isn’t just a car. It’s a part of your lifestyle. Keep it running newer, longer and schedule your routine maintenance appointment today.