gp to www.contour.org and ask the same question and you will get some
answers from people with maybe the same problem who fixed it...
year, engine size, automatic, standard trans. etc.. put down as much
info as possible on the vehicle...
Check the sensor connection at the wiring harness for possible
corrosion causing an intermittent gauge. When the gauge DOES
work, does your A/C as well?
In some newer model vehicles, the A/C will shut off if the engine
gets too hot. Same could apply in your case if the computer doesn't know
engine temp at all, and keeps the A/C off just in case the engine temp was
and it didn't know it.
I have an 96 Contour that had the temp sensor wires break off (got a new
harness for free due to recall) and my A/C quit working because the 'puter
was thinking the coolant was -40 degrees and cuts off the compressor. May be
the same thing?
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