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Hi my battery went flat on my car and the guy that jump started it put the neg 2 pos etc.. there was smoke and a spark. i tried driving but it kept losing power now it doesnt do anything, Do u have any idea of what happened?

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First check the level of water in the battery...if its totally dry, get a new battery and don't even mess with it. if its a maintenance free battery and more than three years old, replace the battery! try to replace with with nothing less than 600 cold chanking amps! i don't know where you live but if you live in a colder climate you'll need probably a 900 cca! first off, when a person jump starts your battery you are not supposed to hook up the negative to the dead battery..you find a good solid piece of metal on the engine to clip it on to.also when you have hooked it up correctly get in the good car and rev it to 2k for about two minutes to give the dead battery a charge then try to start the other car..if it doesnt start it my need a better engine ground. sounds to me though that just buying a new battery would solve all your problems!

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When jump starting a car the negative (NEG) leads must NOT go to the POS terminal.

It is always POS to POS and NEG to NEG or to an earthing point on the car.

If the leads are connected the wrong way round like you describe this will cause major problems with the electronics in the car. This can occur anywhere from the ignition system to frying the main computer (ECU) and effecting other component such as ABS, alternator etc....

If the leads were connected properly and the car started and runs poorly or fails to start afterwards then you should suspect a problem with either a bad battery failing to retain a charge or an alternator which is not supplying a charge.

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Hello there,

I believe the guy that jump started it mixed up the poles (positive with negative etc) and that caused the battery to die. Cant get any simpler than that (The smoke and spark caused verify that).
The car should be able to run for a bit with whats left from the charge initially but if the battery's gone dead it will stop completely at a point as it will not get any additional charge with the engine running (things will be worse if you had a/c running at the same time or lights that take a lot of electricity).

I have faced a similar problem with my own nissan, although not as bad as yours (spark and everything) but, I didnt leave the other car's engine running to charge the battery full and sometimes now it has difficulty when i hit the switch to start.

Overall, in my opinion get a new car battery. Very simple.

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