Changed starter and now car has no power from battery.
While changing the starter I forgot to disconnect the battery. When I disconnected the possitive on the coil My wrench hit ametal and caused a spark. After installing the starter I tried to start the car and had not juice for anything. No lights, radio or or any power whatsoever. What could I look for?
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When disconnecting your battery you need to hook up an alternative power supply . Vehicles with the electronics there have now a days . Something's need to be relearned an some of the modules may not wake back up at all , unless hooked up to a factory scan tool . Battery Disconnect or Replacement Problems
It is assumed you disconnected the battery when the starter was changed. If so, see posted solutions related to battery replacement or battery being disconnected for a while. Usually after a few days of driving the computer will reset the idle.
Trouble Code Conditions:
Key on, and the TCM detected that it had been disconnected from the Battery Direct (B+) circuit or its Power Ground circuit. This DTC will also set during the scan tool Quick Battery Disconnect procedure. Note: Due to the integration of the PCM and TCM, the transmission part of the PCM has its own specific power and ground circuits.
Quick Learn procedure was performed with scan tool
TCM battery direct (B+) circuit is open or disconnected
hi from uk the fact you mention g/box has been changed would suggest that your probs with electrics would point to either an earth cable from battery to the body/chassis has not been refitted after g/box removal/refit or the lead that provides power for electrics which connects to the starter solenoid on the same connection as the positive + lead from battery is either loose or not connected ? with horn/wipers /lights not working these components get their earth from the cars body/chassis however is it possible that starter lead was disconnected b4 disconnecting the battery earth lead ??? thn accident of shorting to earth(spark ) which would blow the fuses for these components ? check em out ?
Under dash by your left knee is a 4"x4" box. It has a small wire lead with a button on the end. Turn ignition on and push button. Resets the alarm. THis will stop your lights from flashing. Have a great day.
REPLACE THE POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE.BESURE TO BUY SOME FLEXIBLE WIRE CONDUIT.PROTECT WIRE FROM RUBBING CAUSING SHORT.ALSO REPLACE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE.DUE TO YOUR CAR BEING PCM CONTROL BY DISCONNECTING NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE WILL CAUSE STARTING PROBLEMS AND STEERING PROBLEMS WITH NEWER CARS WITH ELECTRIC POWER STEERING.LET VOLKSWAGON DEALER REPLACE CABLES AND STARTER.
It is a good idea (recommended) to disconnect the battery when working on electrical components. If you disconnected the batter, make sure the battery cables are secure on the terminals (clean terminals if necessary) - apply a terminal grease to prevent corrosion and acid build up. Also, check the connection on the alternator - it's very possible this may have been disturbed or disconnected by accident during the installation of wires. Part of your message says "my car won't start, I changed my water..." did you change your water pump? There may be a crankshaft and/or camshaft sensor near the water pump. Make sure that these are plugged in and secure. Check your ignition fuse in the fuse box, the starter relay(under the hood) and the fusable link,next to or near the battery, or starter. Check all electrical connection that may prevent the vehicle from starting.