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Touched metal with positive jumper cable now it wont start

I jumped another car touched the positive jumper cable to metal when removing it the car shut off and now wont start .......checked all fuses inside and out ...relay and inline fuse all seemed fne

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  • stuckonstupi Nov 13, 2008

    is there a way to find out which one for sure

  • stuckonstupi Nov 16, 2008

    some howit ended up being the oxygen sensor...........go figure .itsa hunk of junk but it takes me where i need to go its getting back home im having trouble with

  • stuckonstupi Nov 19, 2008

    im sorry was a sensor up by the husband said it was oxygen but my son said it was another i just for the life of me cant think of the name

  • tunderwood32 Jan 19, 2009

    tried to jump another car, as i was taking the cables off my car the red jumper touch a metal part in my Chevy equinox and now my car wont start. The cable sparked and caught flame for a sec both cars were off taking the cable off..dunno what wrong..HELP ANYONE??!?!?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    I made a very dumb mistake this afternoon with my 2004 Nissan parthfind......The battery is dead so I had to jump start the truck, and I hooked up the positive and negative backwards. The second that I touched the jumper cable to my truck sparks flew and smoke poured from the positive cable on my truck. After I made the mistake, I hooked up the cables the proper way, and there was no power at all to my truck. i checked all the fuse on my truck and all seems to be okay. What else do you think might be the problem.



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Chances are good u blew the ignition module, coil pack or ecm.

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  • Jean Leblanc Nov 14, 2008

    sadly enough not really, u will have to take it to a garage unless u change parts one by one until u find it, but that's pretty costly for nothing.

    If i had to take a guess, i would start with ignition module, but as i said, go to a garage, they have computers to check these things.

  • Jean Leblanc Nov 16, 2008

    glad i helped, what was the prob? and thanx for the rating!!

  • Jean Leblanc Nov 17, 2008

    hhhmmm, that is strange cause an oxygen sensor usually just causes ur MPG to go down the drain, meaning car sucks more gas. Well well, learn something new everyday. Thanx for getting back to me.

  • Jean Leblanc Nov 19, 2008

    lol,that's alright.Glad to know ur car works though.



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