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Battery died due to lights left on; when jumped, cables were hooked up backwards. After that was corrected, starter turned engine normally, but engine seemed to be getting no fire. Could the momentary cross connection have caused the engine not to start?

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The reversed cables probably destroyed the ignition module and possibly the BCM and any other electronic equipment also.

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You have the polarity of the battery backward somewhere. Did you replace the starter and hook it up backwards. Difficult but possible. Check your positive and negative on the battery itself.

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Sounds like the battery is dead or dying. Most batteries reach their EOL (End of Life) between 3-5 years. One very quick way to check the battery is to first turn on your headlights - then try to start the engine. If the lights go out = the battery is dead. If the lights only dim a bit = the battery is low (and may be near EOL). If the Lights stay bright and the Engine/starter engages = Normal/Battery is Good. 2nd best way is that if the car starts normally when jump-starting, then look at the battery/charging system. If the Battery is less than 3 years old and not charging properly, there could be multiple causes for this: Low acid level in battery, Bad or Corroded battery connection, Low Alternator output, Frayed/corroded battery cable etc. A Simple Check for the Alternator is once the car is running - (If you Jump-started then Remove the Jumper-Cables) - If the engine continues to run, then disconnect the Ground Cable from the Battery (Black or (-) side) - If the engine continues to run = Alternator is Good/working.
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jumping across the solenoid will spin the starter but will not engage the pinion in the ring gear. Have a load test done on the battery as I suspect that there is a bad cell and you are not getting a full charge. If the battery is faulty then there is always enough power to turn on dash lights but nothing left to run the high current solenoid and starter.

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I have a 98 gmc Jimmy my remote lock battery died so we were unlocking the truck with the key and driving well that lasted only 2 days and the truck died we got a jump to get it home got a new battery...


Getting spark? Power coming from the battery I think you meant to say, if I am correct. If it won't jump start, sounds like a cable from battery to vehicle is not connected. Igniton switch connection or fuse maybe. Check the daisy chaining of the negative battery cable for clean contacts. Also a starter relay could be bad. Just some more suggestions to add. Don't drive to far from home until repaired. Towing cost too much as you know by now.
Never did like remote locks, We as humans seem to be getting more and more depended on convienances that cause us more inconvienances. Could try a positive cable to starter to check if it will turn over the starter. Voltage regulator could cause battery not to charge while driving. When car dies, do lights work or they dim from engine sucking battery dry. Just some suggestions.

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Hi, I have a 2008 Pontiac G5 and I accidentally kept the lights on all day. Since I only have a positive (red) connection, I ground the negative connection to metal as well as the other car negative...


sounds like you are on the right track. Hook the jumper cables up to the dead car first. The red cable should go to the jumper terminal as you mentioned and a good place to hook up the black cable is the bolts on the strut tower.

then with the other car running hook up the red lead to the cars positive battery cable and then the negative to a good ground. Let the two cars sit for about 5 to ten minutes to give the dead battery a chance to charge.

Once the dead car is started let it idle with the lights turned off for at least 45 minute to an hour or drive it for the same amount of time with the light on (I assume you will be driving in the dark) or if its day time drive it for 30 to 40 minutes with the lights off. This should be enough time for the alternator to charge the dead battery.

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Simply a weak battery would be the first logical assumption, then lose wires, or cables, after the the solenoid on the starter. If you have jumper cables see if you can jump start it hook up the positive or red cables to both battery's first then the negative. Pay close attention not to touch them together and not to hook them up backwards on one and correctly on the other you will damage your wiring system, battery, etc. Hope this helps.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly (Electrician since late 1960's)

Ground goes to the - pole. Hooking it up backwards can damage your alternator, wiring harnesses and fuse links. (Fuse link damage is a nightmare to sort out!) What you do by hooking up a battery backwards is turn your vehicle wiring harness into a giant heating element. (<-Very bad!) If you just changed the battery and then you hooked up the cables with the smoking cable result you certainly did connect the cables backwards. The ground cable... will connect to chassis and in most cases the engine body / transmission somewhere.
The positive cable will eventually connect to the starter. Follow the ground lead from the battery to the chassis or engine body connection. (metal to metal contact) Once your sure that is the ground cable; connect it to the - post of the battery AFTER connecting the positive post terminal.
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You're describing a no rotation issue and not a no start issue correct? If you dont hear/feel the starter relay clicking, it eliminates everything in the circuit to that point meaning the ignition switch, Transmission Range Sensor (TRS) (you don't have a neutral start switch unless you have a rare manual transmission), ground input from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to the starter relay coil, and starter relay are good. Based on what you've said that leaves the primary battery cable from the battery to the starter, and the wire from the starter relay to the starter solenoid contact on the starter. Have you checked their continuity? One more voltage to check at contact 30 (input volts from battery to starter relay contacts) on the starter relay socket. Should see 12vdc all the time.

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