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I have a 1998 ford contour with 170000 miles on it, the guy i got this car from did not know much of anything about this car so here is my problem now the car will run when i jump the car but it will go for a couple of days and one day just won't start or tun over either, now i have a bunch of cables attached to my battery that i have no clue what they are but where should i start at? also how can i find out the services guidelines for this car and see if i need a tune up yet.

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With the cables i would disconnect them as they may have operated systems that the previous owner had installed on the car.then try every thing on the car to make sure that systems work.this will eliminate the possibility that he just jumper-ed a system on the car to get it work.he may also have had a sound system or lights or what ever in the car that he took out and it was powered up by these wires.this may eliminate a draw on the battery when the car is not used,causing the need to jump start the car these wires may not be needed by you if this was the case.you also may have a bad battery(bad cell,not able to retain a charge)it sounds like the charging system is working as it takes a while for the battery to go dead.it would be a good idea to have the charging system checked.as far as the service guidelines its a good idea to change the oil and check or perform a tune-up to have starting point as you said the guy didn`t know anything.you can go to the library and look at a book on your car to see what the intervals are,oil changes are 5,000 miles(2,000 kilometers),tune-ups about 25,000 miles(40,000 kilometers).

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