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Charged battery but will not turn over.

Noticed i had accidently put the pos on the neg and neg on pos, Brain dead move but after I did that and turned on key, noticed what i had done and corrected the terminals and then tried it again. Nothing lights up, is there a reset or did I burn up something? help.

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Should be a main fuse that needs to be replaced. look at the fuses and find the one that is cooked.

also check the battery with a meter and see what voltage its reading. if reading only 10-10.5 volts DC, then you ruined a cell in the battery and needs to be replaced.

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