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Old 03-24-2008, 08:00 PM
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stupid question?

i am sure this is probably the dumbest question on here, but i have to ask. i have been cleaning/redoing my car after letting it sit for about a year and having a squirrel make a home in it. i pretty much ripped apart my car inside dash, panels, etc. anyway i put my dash back in last week, plug in all the main connectors and today i tried to put a battery in to see what wires are what for the lights and stereo. as soon as i connected it the battery fuse blew. All the wires in the car are good and are not exposed. (main reason why i took the car a part) The only logical explanation that i can think of is i f*cked up and put the positive on first.

so the stupid question is, could that be the reason why it blew? if not could i get some possible explanations?

i feel like an idiot asking this question but i just want to be certain
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:19 PM
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The only logical explanation that i can think of is i f*cked up and put the positive on first.

so the stupid question is, could that be the reason why it blew? if not could i get some possible explanations?
Usually, when you hook the terminals wrong, it's bound to blow a fuse...so perhaps?

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Old 03-24-2008, 08:31 PM
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That's true... however... you are SUPPOSED to put the positive on first =). You always hook hot first, and then the ground...
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DC electricity won't flow until you hook up the ground... so if it's hooked up first, it flows as soon as you bring the terminal close enough for an arc to jump
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sounds like some thing is grounding out some were in the dash man.
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That's why if you've ever jump started a car, and accidentally hooked up the ground first, an arc jumps when you bring the positive terminal to the battery...

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That's true... however... you are SUPPOSED to put the positive on first =). You always hook hot first, and then the ground...
now that i think about it that is the right way. idk where the hell my head is at today, maybe i had the neg on first. i hope that is the reason i'll try again tomorrow. hopefully my head is with me then. thanx
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sounds like some thing is grounding out some were in the dash man.
i really hope not all the wires in the dash looked good. i haven't done anything with the electrical yet, just made sure they were not chewed up or cut/exposed from the previous owner
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sounds like you pinched a wire into grounding. Its common to accidentally pinch a wire putting in a dash. Which fuse blew? pull up the wiring diagram for it in the manual, and trouble shoot that circuit, figure out what caused excessive amperage to flow through the circuit, its most likely a short to ground, meaning its before the load(light, resistor, motor, anything like that) in the circuit. You cant have a short to ground on the ground side of the circuit, so start on the hot side.
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apparently i had the negative touchin b4 puttin on the pos . i picked up a fuse today and instead of using my battery out of my other car i used the one that i had in it and just jumped it. Started up no problem . now i just have to clean the iacv to fix the idle and put some new plugs and wires (lil backfire at high rpms). i forgot how nice the car sounded at least until the idle jumping kicked in.

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