I installed the battery backwards and the van will not turn over
I installed an aftermarket battery and the poles were opposite the original battery and I hooked the positive to the necative and negative to positive. I checked all of the fuses and replaced the bad ones and it still will not turn over at all. Could it be the starter relay switch?
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Whenever you try to reset your vehicle's computer after any
repairs, disconnect the battery negative pole first and positive pole last. Wait 20 mins and reconnect your negative pole first and then the positive.
You may have to drive your car for at least 10 miles or more to see if it worked.
if the radio doesn't come on at all, I would start with checking the fuses for the radio, if the fuse in the car is good, sometimes radios have a fuse built into the radio, usually you have to pull the deck out to access it. check car fuse first, make sure its not blown.
make sure the radio doesnt display "code"
did you accidentally hook the battery terminals up backwards for a second when installing the battery, or when jump starting?
You have a wire going into your starter in the opposite side of the starter. There should be 2 poles where you connect wires. The only one that goes to one pole is the heavy gauge wire coming from your solenoid
Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly (Electrician since late 1960's)
Ground goes to the - pole. Hooking it up backwards can damage your alternator, wiring harnesses and fuse links. (Fuse link damage is a nightmare to sort out!) What you do by hooking up a battery backwards is turn your vehicle wiring harness into a giant heating element. (<-Very bad!) If you just changed the battery and then you hooked up the cables with the smoking cable result you certainly did connect the cables backwards. The ground cable... will connect to chassis and in most cases the engine body / transmission somewhere.
The positive cable will eventually connect to the starter. Follow the ground lead from the battery to the chassis or engine body connection. (metal to metal contact) Once your sure that is the ground cable; connect it to the - post of the battery AFTER connecting the positive post terminal.
If you have a newer audio system you will have lost your radio codes. We can not provide the codes for anti-theft reasons. Activation Codes must be from the car dealer or audio system retailer.
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It is best if you jack it up and remove the driver side front tire and then reove the mud shield. diconnect the wires connected to the battery poles..the negative and positive...slide out the battery and slide in the new one. Reconnect the wire clamps to the poles, screw on the mud shield and put on the tire.