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wow... worst night of my life. need some midnight advice

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ok, after having my car broken into and everything ************ty happening. I just wanted to feel better and get some fast food (meh, better then storebrand food 24/7) so I go get my car and i go down the block and while my cd player is still stolen i look at the big black cable coming out (i think it's ground). I put it back into the giant hole and it hits metal, car stalls, ************, I must have grounded it. luckily some guys helped us jump our car, but to no avail, it didn't start. guy told me it was the starter or the alternator. no clue which. anyone have any ideas.... sigh. best of all, it's in a parking spot with street sweeping tomarrow at 9am ( or rather today at 9am.) sigh... why me.

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if you pushed a ground wire into the metal, it wouldnt do anything at all. it was probably a hot wire (i dont remember the colors off hand)

 

check the fuses under the dash. it's one of those...

 

i dont think the radio wires bother the fusible links... ive blown the fuses millions of times,:lol: but it never blew a link...

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i'll run out there and check, now the only problem is getting a fuse and replacing it before 9am today. do meter maids accept stories of cars not starting?

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by the way, i really love this forum, it's like the informational side of my father without all the yelling about irresponsibility. really appreciate it

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Um..... no it doesn't quite work that way. Find and replace ALL bad fuses and THEN try to start the car.... K?

 

Beyond that, perhaps a good book on electrical theory.....

 

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but you say i should steal another fust from a non-working component, so what do I do with the blown one? just switch them?

 

sorry if I may be unknowledged but if it makes you feel better you're teaching me life lessons here.

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1. Find a bad fuse

2. Find a good fuse of similar amp rating

3. swap the good fuse over to the bad socket

4. try to start car.

 

If it doesn't start, the good one your pulled may be required too, so try using a different "good" one.

 

Beyond that, it's difficult to really help you cause I can't see the fuse panel. Just cause some fuse powers the radio doesn't mean it also doesn't power something else that's required for the engine to run.

 

Does it even crank? If not you probably blew the fuseable link that supplies the starter solenoid - that circuit isn't fused at the panel anyway. If that's the case, you'll have to replace the link, or "jumper" it with a bit of wire. That would actually make sense because many "aftermarket" radio installations steal power from the ignition circuit under the dash - which is unfused. So if you grounded that bad boy - you roasted the link.

 

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the engine cranks but it doesn't start, i'll check them in the morning and hope to god that it works, otherwise i hope I can beg the meter maid out of a ticket.

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well, it was 4 from the left on the top row, I think it was horn alarm or something like that.... there were 2 spares in the box thankfully.... got it working and then went to bed.... thanks so much for the midnight help last night guys.

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