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Car will not start....even after replacing battery and altenator

I have a1991 ford escort wagon and i went into blockbuster for 5 minutes came out and wouldn't start i was able to get a jump and it did start but the next day after i drove it and went to the grocery store it would not start again and would not start after trying to get a jump...was told to get a new battery and altenator which i did and it started twice but will not start again...all the lights come on but then go dim...any suggestions waht could be the problem?

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Try gettig a new starter motor as they can drag doen and flatten the whole system

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