I have a 1998 Contour that's been failing to start when it's cold (I live in
Michigan). I've attributed this to either the battery going or the
alternator, possibly the belt. It's been on my list of things to do, but
haven't gotten around to it. I only mention this because I'm not sure how
it relates to my now, more serious problem.
Last night after dropping off some packages at Airborne Express, the Check
Engine light came on. About 1/4 mile down the street I lost power coming
from the engine, while it was still running. The engine began to vibrate
and emit metallic noises. The car died completely about 20 seconds after.
Due to the battery/charging problems, the car wouldn't restart. After
jumping it, I could get it to run if I fed it gas, but the engine continued
to vibrate and make metallic clashing noises. Again, no power was being
delivered to the wheels. The car died soon after and refused to start at
I'd appreciate any ideas you all might have.