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You try to crank the car with the battery hooked up backwards?

How about after you fixed it?

Posted on Jan 01, 2013

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    jimmymcguire Jan 01, 2013

    No I never try it before or after I notice it wuz backwards I just notice one of my relays was blowed

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SOURCE: 2005 cobalt, battery hooked up backwards

I think the relay switches are under the hood near the winshield, Also there possibly is some fuses in the glovebox as well.

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The good news is that if your ignition switch was turned to the "off" position when this happened, the fix may be simpler and cheaper than you think. This car has one or more "fusible links" in its primary wiring. They may look like a thick piece of wire, but they act as super-fuses in the the case of large-scale power shorts and the like. Fusible links are typically in-line, so you won't see them in either your under-hood or under-dash fuse boxes. If you're lucky, you blew a fusible link right off the bat, saving the rest of your electrical system from serious harm.
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