you can start by buying from any automotive parts store an user/repair manual for about $20. Haynes is a good brand manual, and it has almost everything you need for your contour. I replaced my belts, and you need to take everything off the engine, the air intake, the engine mount on the top passenger, the belt cover, the main surpintine belt, the pulleys, the alternator, its a mess of a job, remember how you took it all off, so you can put it all back on, and mark on the cranshaft where you took the belt off, so you can put the new one in the same location, this is not an easy do it yourself job, if its not something you have done before. I spent the better part of my Saturday taking the car apart. Buy the repair manual, it will have pictures, and step by step instructions, better than I can describe on here. Good luck, and have fun.
how do you set the timing belt on a 1997 ford contour 2.0 4cy
how do you change a thermostat for a 1997 Ford Contour
The 2.0 4-cylinder has a timing belt: the 2.5 V6 has a timing chain.
The 2.5 litre V6 engine in a 1995 Ford Contour doesn't have a timing belt , it uses ( 2 ) timing CHAINS
According to Gates ( they make timing belts etc. ) the 2.0 L - DOHC - 4 cylinder engine in a 1997 Ford Contour is NOT an interference engine - so the answer would be NO
The 2.0 L - DOHC - 4 cylinder engine in a 2000 Ford Contour has a timing belt
No, 1997 only fits 1997. Go to car-part.com.
Get a manual on your car from DISCOUNTAUTOREPAIRMANUALS.COM and it will help on the next repair.
The ignition timing is controlled by the ECU, and is not adjustable.