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Electrical problem 1998 Contour GL 4 Cylinder loses electrical power and shuts down completely. A jolt such as shutting the hood causes the electrical system to work. What is the problem.

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Could be one of the relays try to locate the ecm relay or fuel pump relay and swap it,

they also have a ground conector very close to the batteri most of time blak and green cables and they melt inside causing high resistance and poor conection

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The charging system indicator may illuminate or vehicle may not start. This may be caused by a discharged battery due to a poor electrical connection at the generator terminal.

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