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I have a 1997 Subaru Legacy station wagon. My check engine light, and Battery icon light are on indicating an electrical problem. I've had to jump my car repeatedly in order to get it started. I purchased and installed a brand new battery from Auto zone. Although I was able to star the car the "lights" (engine and battery icon) are still on indicating that maybe the alternator is bad. Since my funds are low at this moment I'm unable to purchase and install an alternator and I have to use the car. So I decided to charge the battery in my home each night. I felt that in order to lessen the stress on the battery poles I would install a "battery terminal quick connect" to each of the battery poles. However now the car will not start. I looked at the connection that a friend of mine has in her 1995 subaru legacy station wagon and virtualy made the same connection and still there was no starting. Now I'm wondering that maybe the 1997 connections are different from the 1995 connection or maybe I've blown a fuse. Please provide a wiring diagram for the subaru if you have one available. Thank you, Pierpont

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On a battery there is a plus + and minus - plus is generally red and minus or negative is generally black. if you have hooked them up you will likely blow the main fuse. you mention it will not start... does it even turn over ? also autozone will scan the codes for free to let you know why those lights are on.
next and use a great deal of caution. when the motor is running you remove the positive cable. if the car keeps running... it's the battery... if it dies it's the alternator that has failed. do that outside with lots of ventilation and try not to create a spark. after you have unhooked the cable.. shut off the car and reconnect the cable.

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