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Had a dead short at pos. bat terminal.. it smoked thats how i found it... fixed it but now no spark and no fuel... what happened??? turns over.. lights are bright but nothin...HELP ME PLEASE

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In the power distribution center, black fuse box under the hood next to the battery, there is an "engine" fuse. Controls power from the battery to the computer and engine electrical systems. A battery short would very possibly blow this maxi fuse (30 amp?).

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