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Connected battery cables backwards new battery had poles on opposite sides Is there a fuse on my 2004 meanstreak 1600 that has blown from the reverse polarity. I have no power to anything now

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You will probably have to check all fuses to be sure.
Some circuit boards might have been damaged, so you will need t check a lot of circuits. A tough job even for an electronics person.
But check all fuses first.
Hope this helps.

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You may have blown more than 1 fusible link. There are several Black powerboxes under the hood. Check if you have power going to these Powerboxes and go from there. It is difficult to check the relays but you can check whether they are getting the power to work.

Also, if you have good Insurance coverage you may be able to make a claim for this under Comprehensive. I had an A/C short out the wiring under my dash and Insurance covered it all. If this was done at a Shop, then their Liability should cover it.

One of your main electric wires comes from the Alternator. It is easy to get to, you could take it to Autozone or similar for a test. I would worry about the smaller items that would be damaged before a fuse would blow. This would include the onboard computer, stereo amplifier, Electric components in the transmission, and so forth.

I do not know of any reset buttons, but you can look in the Powerboxes and see if any relays have them.

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