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  • Stever@Edmunds 06/30/12 12:26 am PST

    It might help the other experts here if you reply with the year, make and model of your car, and which engine it has.

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  • hagardreams 06/30/12 12:45 pm PST

    sorry, I thought all cars would be about the same, as far as finding the issue.

    1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0L

  • hagardreams 07/02/12 2:13 am PST

    Oh, the code read P1383 on the AutoZone reading.


  • zaken1 07/02/12 4:27 am PST

    Codes on 1996 and later cars cannot be permanently cleared by disconnecting the battery or the PCM fuse; The only way that codes can be permenently cleared on these cars are by using a code scanner. You may be able to get a parts store or a shop to clear the code for you. If the code is the one which set before the timing belt was replaced and was not cleared with a scanner since then; this probably will clear it for good. But if the code comes back after being cleared; there is a problem with the camshaft advance or retard. That is the meaning of the P1383 code. Ford has a techical service bulletin they isued on this: #31514, dated 2003-08-04. A Ford dealership should be able to explain this bulletin to you.


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