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Battery backwards battery was placed in the car backwards before i purchased it. Car will start when jumped at the starter... what could be wrong... also what is the peice that connects to the alternator from the battery?

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  • michael_s438 May 28, 2009

    thank you... ill try that as soon as i get off

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It sounds like the fused link wire going to the starter is burnt look for a purple wire going to the start solenoid and trace it to the bad part it will pull apart when you pull on the wire

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