Re: 97 Ranger, hooked the battery up backwards
"wß" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Could it be a fuse block, or is that under the dash? Or maybe a massive
> connector for the wire harness? Did it smoke when he hooked it up or
> when he tried to start it? I had an '89 Ranger and I don't recall a lot
> of complicated BS under the hood. If it smoked when he tried to start it
> he would have shorted the battery out thru the solenoid which would
> surely melt the solenoid contacts. Might have also burned up diodes in
> the alternator. What a mess....
It smoked immediately. He didn't get a chance to do anything. It all
happened in a few seconds.
> Not to hijack a thread or dis FORD but that reminds me of a story. I
> actully observed a '60's vintage VW microbus with the battery installed
> backwards, and running! The guy had bought a 6 to 12v convertor from the
> RS store I worked at and it was blowing fuses. After he fried the second
> one I went out in the parking lot to see what's up and observed a 6 volt
> battery with the positive side grounded. He had installed the new
> battery several weeks before and it had acted funny but was seemingly
> working fine. As I watched he removed the battery, turned it around and
> reinstalled it with neg ground. I told him to polorize the voltage
> regulator at the very least, some voodoo that was usually performed when
> you installed a new one, which he did. He proceeded to start the darn
> thing up. The generator light lit for a few minutes, went out and
> everything was fine! I have no clue why no damage was done, or the
> battery hadn't exploded! I suppose because it was a generator instead of
> an alternaor and an old type voltage regulator.
On an old vehicle once the generator is polarized backwards it doesn't care.
In the old days, Fords were positive ground and other cars were negative
ground. Putting a battery in backwards was an common thing.
PS: Thanks for stealing my thread:)