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I connected battery terminals backwards for a brief time and smoked the fused lead going to the power distribution center (fuse panel under hood). I have reterminated the wiring and cleaned it up but the following does not work: Radio Speedometer Temp Gauge fuel gauge radiator fan also, when plugging relay in to blower motor it constantly runs. Everything else works, we need this van for transporting our wheelchair bound son. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you, Joe Hawkins

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It sounds like you shorted out quite a few things. Unfortunately, it sounds like you'll have to trace all your wires to see where the shorts are. I believe that several of your wires have fused together

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Unfortunately, that is the single worst thing you can do to your electrical system. Fuses do not react fast enough to protect computer and control modules. This falls outside routine work that an average person can repair quickly. Therefore to get it done quickly and correctly I suggest you bring it either to a dealer or a reputable electrical specialty shop. Otherwise unless you get lucky, you will be fighting with this problem for months. If you want to try something, change the body control module, but I can't guarantee that will solve this.

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Sorry joe you have coooked it ,negative is always a smaller terminal that the positive ,hope you remember this in future ,Ithink it might need a new printed circuit for the speedo and a new radio ,then a new blower motor complete with the built in reostat thats electronic controlled ,rad fan ?? not sure about but i would look again at the wires because you may hyave left a feed or earth wire off when you repaired the feed wire

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