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Old 08-19-2010, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Wrong terminal on battery saw sparks

Just came back from working on the car with my friend. And long story short while temporarily reattaching the battery to test something; the red wire was attached to the ground and ground wire was attached to the other side and it sparked.

Then realized that the battery was connected incorrectly and attached it correctly. At first my car wouldn't start but then after shutting off the headlights the car started.

Was wondering if this might have damaged any part of my car, or if there is anything that I should keep my eyes out on. Every thing seems to be working, all the external lights (headlights, DRL, fogs, reverse, etc.) and the radio works. No CEL.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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There are relays and such that should protect polarity sensitive components. If everything works, then one has to assume that no harm was done. especially if sensitive systems like the ECU, stereo and ABS/airbag were not switched on (key turned to ACC or ON position)
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:47 PM   #3
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You should be just fine, just keep an eye on the car over the next couple days and check your fuses.

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take a multimeter and check all the fuses, sometimes those bastards are hard to see if blown, if their fine, then you should be ok. Hopefully you dont end up like that one guy up here that never figured it out
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Thanks guys for the input. I feel a bit relieved. Drove the car today everything seems to be okay. Haven't had a chance to check the the fuses yet.
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if everything works then there are no fuses blown. If you turned the key with the battery hooked up backwards, it's a different story and you should chk the fuses/relays for ABS, airbag, etc. all the stuff that you can't chk without smashing into something or almost breaking stuff.
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thanks for the help guys. i checked every fuse and everything seems fine. I got lucky this time.

Lesson learned. Didn't know how serious it was until I started reading up on the problem. Could have ended a lot worse.
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