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Starting the car

I have a manual 1998 ford contour se. i bought the car from a guy who had it sitting in his garage for a year. when i bought it he told me i'll need a tuneup before driving it around all over. i drove the car less than 10 miles before the car died. i brought the battery to autozone and had it tested and it wasn't even running 10 ohms. they charged the battery and it still had the problem so i ended up buying a new battery for the car. i installed it thinking that the problem would be fixed... but...
the problem is, when i go to start the car the engine makes the noise of it trying to start. it will try to turn over but it won't completely turn over to where it starts. i've had a couple people look at it and they told me that it isn't my alternator and my spark plugs are fine, although i might want to get some new ones soon. i'm thinking that i may need to get a new fuel pump but i dont want to spend 200 dollars on a new pump if i don't have to
if anyones got any suggestions please let me know. thank you

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If it is a 4cyl, check the timming belt. I dont know how many miles are on yours. If over 100k miles, id purchase a timming belt and open her up and check it out. A jumped belt will make a engine rotate with a drag due to compression and valve timming. Good luck...98contourSVT

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