Question about 1991 Jaguar XJ6
I deserve the idiot award. I was in a hurry and accidentally attached the wrong jumper cables (positive to negative, negative to positive) when trying to jump start my car (was using a portable jumper system). It sparked and smoked and I realize I screwed up. I took them off and waited a minute and then put them on the right way. The car tried to start up but didn't turn over. And then it just went completely dead. After a quick search online I am kicking myself as it seems I might have fried my whole electrical system. If I am lucky it is only a fried battery and some fried fuses. My question is, in this scenario what things should a person check after pulling a ******** move like this? And what can they do to assess how bad the damage is? Fuses? Alternator? ECU? I think the answer might help out others in the future too. I am going out to get another battery tonight and see if it will start or at least the dashboard lights come on.
Don't feel too bad, we've all done this or something similar a time or two. I did this once on another car and no major damage was caused. First, check the fuses to see if anything is out of order. I would take the old battery to have it tested at a parts store, as it may still be good. If it can be charged, charge it off the car and then try again to start the car. If that doesn't work, I would find a loaner or used battery to see if you can get the car started and then have the electrical system tested. If you check your owners manual or get a repair manual for the car, it should tell you where the main fuse block is and what to check.
Check for any melted or deformed wires at the battery cable ends and within the positive and negative wires' harnesses, at least as far down as you can see into the harnesses.
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
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