The Ford Contour, designed by Ford’s European division, is a mid-size sedan that was produced for the 1995 through 2000 model years. It was billed as having spirited performance, composed handling, aerodynamic styling and a European feel. Although customers said the Contour was a fun car to drive, they also complained that it fell short in back-seat legroom and comfort. Replacing a CV shaft yourself on your 1995 Ford Contour — or Mondeo, as it’s called in the European market — will save you the expense of paying a repair shop.
Tools Used: Tools, Clean rags, Safety goggles, Wheel chocks, Lug wrench, Floor jack, Jack stands, Ratchet, Sockets, Pliers, Combination wrenches, Tie rod end separator, Brass hammer, Drain pan, Pry bar, Axle nut, 3/4-inch-drive torque wrench (210 pound capacity), Alignment shop
Park your Contour on a solid, level surface. Place wheel chocks behind the rear wheels. Loosen the lug nuts about a half-turn each with a lug wrench. Loosen the axle nut until it’s hand tight with a ratchet and socket. Place a floor jack under the center of the front crossmember and raise the front end. Place jack stands under the pinch welds behind the front wheels and lower the Contour onto the jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and wheel.
Remove the upper stabilizer link nut with a ratchet and socket. Separate the stabilizer bar from the strut with the tie rod end removal tool. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end with pliers. Remove the castle nut with a socket and ratchet. Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
Remove the pinch bolt securing the steering knuckle to the strut. Remove the steering knuckle from the strut by tapping downward on the knuckle with a brass hammer.