Q: Q: Car wont start

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Over the past month my car occasionally won't start, it would with a jump. Driving it noticed that my lights would go on and off , my brake light would come on etc..then I would turn my car off and it would not start. By just touching the battery wires the lights would turn back on and car will start up, touching the battery with cables that are not attached to another vehicle will also turn the lights on and the car will start. What could the problem be

My car has 117000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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