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I accidentally hooked up jumper cables backwards when I was trying to jump start my 97 Ford Escort. Needless to say, it was not good. It started to spark and caught on fire. I was eventually able to get it disconnected without harming myself, but it burned a pretty nice hole in the battery. I replaced the batter and the terminals in hopes that I could get it back up and running. This was not successful. I also replaced the main fuse, but this did not solve the problem. The car doesn't do anythin

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 17-01-2022

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I bet you saw some dramatic sparks when you hooked the jumpers up backwards!\015\012
\015\012The good news is that if your ignition switch was turned to the "off" position when this happened, the fix may be simpler and cheaper than you think. This car has one or more "fusible links" in its primary wiring. They may look like a thick piece of wire, but they act as super-fuses in the the case of large-scale power shorts and the like. Fusible links are typically in-line, so you won't see them in either your under-hood or under-dash fuse boxes. If you're lucky, you blew a fusible link right off the bat, saving the rest of your electrical system from serious harm.\015\012
\015\012If your ignition was turned to the "on" position when the battery was hooked up backwards, you have a more serious risk that you damaged your on-board computer. However, even if your computer were fried, your dome light, your hazard blinkers, and probably your headlights and turn signals (different circuit than the hazard lights, believe it or not, even though it's to the same bulbs) would continue to operate.\015\012
\015\012I'm going to recommend that you should check for one or more blown fusible links. Good luck!
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