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1999 ford contour won't start. The battery is good and the alternator has been checked and is good. It will start when it is jumped but as soon as the cables are removed it dies and will not start again.

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You mean it wont crank right>
if it dont crank , it surely cant ever start.

the starter motor must spin the crankshaft at about 300 RPM.
does it? (by lonesome)?

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Ck for corrosion in the battery ends, if it is a side post you will have to pull the rubber back to access the metal part. To test you could install a jumper cable from the neg batter connection to large bolt on engine. Then try to start

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

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SOURCE: Battery and alternator are good but still dies

who ever tested your alternator was wrong replace the alternator

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I believe it is your factory anti-theft system. check your owners manual for how to disengage same.

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SOURCE: car will not start

For clarification:
When you turn the key to start, the engine will not roll over?
When you turn the key to the run position, do you here the fuel pump prime, a humming noise from the gas tank?
Have you replaced any other electronic components, key cylinder, body control module?
Let me know.
Regards,

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SOURCE: Draining Battery on 1996 Ford Contour

you will need to do a test with a battery light disconnect the negative wire on the battery and connect one end of the test light to the battery and the other to the terminal with everything switched off if the test light is lit you have a draw if it is not lit then it is something else sometimes door switches and glove box switches wear out and need added lift to properly shut the open circuit down

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SOURCE: 2004 ford focus se replaced alternator

Sounds to me that your battery has shorted out and will not take a charge.Disconnect the battery and try to charge it, then check to see if it has taken power with a volt meter. A shorted battery will take all the power from the alternator and run it to ground leaving no power to run the car. Also check the alternator output with a volt meter after you have checked the battery as a shorted battery can burn out the alternator.

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