While jumpstarting my 99 Montana (Pontiac), Shorted the battery
While jump starting my 99 Montana (Pontiac), I accidentally connected Positive cable to negative terminal and negative cable to positive terminal. Is there a main fuse? where is it? Did I blow the main fuse? What else could I have damaged?
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Open your owners manual and look it up if ya don't have one locate your battery it could be hidden in the fender but look for a red capped cable sticking up by itself hook your red jump cable to that and hook the black to a steel body part for a ground hook up the other red and black ends to the red(positive) and black to the (negative) and it should start
You want to use the battery in the engine compartment, the one the alternator charges. I just connect the batteries directly pole to pole. When you rev up the engine the alternator will increase the output going into your battery.
That'ts the sound of your starter trying to pull enought power to turn the engine over. Sounds like you need to charge or change the battery - have you tried getting a jumpstart?
Get a jump and drive over to a shop where they can check your battery and/or your alternator.
Using jumper cables :
1. Connect one red clamp to the positive terminal (+) of running car's battery and the other end red clamp to the positive terminal (+) of the dead car's battery .
2. Connect one black clamp to the negative terminal (-) of running car's battery and the other end black clamp to the negative terminal (-) of the dead car's battery.
Basically... (+) to (+)...and... (-) to (-)
3. Crank up the car needing the jump.
4. Once car is jumped and running...remove clamps in reverse order.
Using battery pack: Connect in the same fashion as above.
sounds like you are on the right track. Hook the jumper cables up to the dead car first. The red cable should go to the jumper terminal as you mentioned and a good place to hook up the black cable is the bolts on the strut tower.
then with the other car running hook up the red lead to the cars positive battery cable and then the negative to a good ground. Let the two cars sit for about 5 to ten minutes to give the dead battery a chance to charge.
Once the dead car is started let it idle with the lights turned off for at least 45 minute to an hour or drive it for the same amount of time with the light on (I assume you will be driving in the dark) or if its day time drive it for 30 to 40 minutes with the lights off. This should be enough time for the alternator to charge the dead battery.
The battery should be on the right hand side of the car, in the engine compartment, remember when you jump start it to hook up the jumper cables like this; negative jumper cable to negative battery terminal on your car, then positive jumper cable to positive terminal on your car, then, put the other positive jumper cable to the car that's jumper car and last connect the other negative jumper cable to the jumer cars engine block, and that should help you.
You should have a positive + boost connection right behind your passenger headlight under hood, attached to rad support. Labeled too. Squeeze cap & lift off to expose cable end & bolts, clamp positive there. Your negative should be same side, further back & labeled in yellow too, neg connection, up near where front shock/strut mounted. Clamp negative- to that big nut.