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Engine won't start, headlights go on, radio off, dashboard lights off, ignition doesn't turn. Replaced 100 amp fuse for alternator (from another vehicle). I should add that dad did a reverse polarity (placed cable wires wrong ends opp/neg and neg/opp) blew out alt. fuse, hence replacement of 100 amp fuse.

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  • iky_v Jan 30, 2010

    After dad blew out alt. fuse, replaced fuse and it started. Ran the car for a few weeks, drove over speed bumps (not fast, but bumpy speed bump). Turned car off, when tried to restart it, battery light came on/flashed. When I turned car off and tried to restart it, car doesn't turn/click.

  • iky_v Feb 01, 2010

    Miracles happen! lol, called my mechanic friend who got my car started in the first incident when my dad reversed the polarity by hooking up the neg/cables to pos/battery and visa versa. He told me to check the 100 amp fuse, it may have blown again or the fact that we used a used fuse. He told me to try and buy a new one, I took the fuse out and put it back to see if car would start, it did! I went immediately to auto shop, however, now the blinkers didn't work, the gages (mph, rpms) weren't even moving but stuck on 0. No brake lights, nothing, however it drove. Got to the auto store (generic) they didn't have the correct part, went back to idling car, tried to put it in reverse... oops! Stuck in park! Things were looking worse for wear! I walked back in and bought the 100 amp fuse that the worker in the shop discouraged me not to buy, I bought it anyway, put it in my car and everything was working fine. I do plan to buy the correct amp fuse for my car (closed end as opposed to open end). However, I didn't blow the ecu or other thank God. It's so amazing how cars work, I think I graduated from "broke-chanic" to slightly less "broke-chanic". It is worth it if you don't know anything about cars, to watch someone else who IS a mechanic fix your car, that way you have an idea of what to check or look for. Thanks for you help though!

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You've learned a valuable lesson; never let your dad touch your car!

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Dont scream but i think you might have blown the ecu to shreads, sorry!

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  • jeremy powell Feb 02, 2010

    lucky m8 that fuse saved your car!!!!!!!!!!

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