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My 1999 Ford Contour sport has been sitting for a couple years, I'm not much of a car guy so I don't really know how to start it up now. It wont start, and I need help, Thanks

I tried jump starting it, I heard the pistons could be rusty and I have to clean the insides out but I need a bit more specific directions on how to clean that type of stuff, and if I need to clean/check anything else. Thanks again

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If you think the pistons are rusted Put a socket on the front of the front of the crank shaft and try turning the socket with a 2ft breaker in a clockwise direction.If engine rotates start checking electrical connections at the battery.Dont just check positive connections check ground connections at frame; starter ,engine and body also.

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SOURCE: 1998 ford contour start up, alternator? battery?

Sounds to me like you drained your donor battery to the point where you can't jumpstart your car anymore. If you jump a car and it runs for a little bit but then dies that means your alternator is toast. If it was a bad ground, you would see sparks or a fire... Your battery only starts the car, once it is running your alternator supplies the electrical system and charges your battery back up. If you need more in depth help in replacing the alternator go to www.contour.org and get on the forums.

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SOURCE: 1997 ford contour wont start gets spark and fuel

Change out ignition moduel, tighten all grounds.

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SOURCE: my 1998 contour svt has been sitting for two

If it's been sitting for that long, yes the gas goes bad. Drain the tank, fuel lines and even the spark plugs becuase the old gas will foul them too.
Check air filter for free air flow and possible critters living in the intake... two years is quite a while for a car to sit... Also after it's running have your oil and filter changed as well.

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SOURCE: 1999 ford contour that wont crank

You mean wont CRANK or CRANKS but WONT RUN???? 4 cyl or V6 auto or manual trans????????? The 8th VIN digit would be most helpful as there are 4 different engines for that car. Its really cheaper to check items before you replace them. The starter should have a smaller BLACK wire that should have power on it when trying to crank the car. You say it wont crank, then check the neutral switch on the trans. Try putting it in neutral to start it. If it has a manual trans, the clutch switch on the pedal may be bad. There is a starter relay in the fuse box under the hood that powers the starter, does it click if you turn the key to start? if it does then the relay is at least trying to work, but doenst mean the contacts inside are good, If it does not click, then the neutral switch may be bad.Check the BLACK/YELLOW wire at the trans switch, if it has power on it, the switch may be bad, ground that (Black/Yellow)wire and see if it cranks. I dont know if there are any other relays in the fuse box that you can swap for the starter relay for test purposes.

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SOURCE: I have a 2002 Ford

if you have no fuel leaks in the both lines(pressure and return)fuel filter,gas tank(anywhere),injectors at the motor,then it could be the vent lines,fuel vapor pressure sensors or canister venting to the atmosphere when it shouldn`t be.it could even be the gas cap.

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