My battery was dead and my neighbor came over with his BIG charger/starter. I didn't watch him hook up the charger to the battery but he had done it backwards. When he hit the switch I heard a pop. After that everything was dead. What did we fry??? Alternator, voltage regulator, fusible link or something else?
Last edited by Tuna Trooper; Nov 5th, 09 at 03:17 AM.
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Unfortunately there is no way to tell but it's common to blow the diodes in the alternator. Any solid state device in the vehicle could have been damaged. You'll just have to get it going again and see what works and what doesn't.
68 Coupe, 350 w/ Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, cam, intake, 700R4, Dave's small body HEI
Thanks for the help guys. Still don't know what that "pop" was but installed new battery and all seems normal.
Next order of business: Install a cheap disconnect so the next time you need to charge the battery someone can't take out the stuff that got off lucky this time. Batteries will usually charge a little better disconnected from everything anyway.
Dart 400-AFR 195-224/224 HR-Powerjection III TB with F.A.S.T. Sportsman XFI
TKO 600-Moser 3.42-Detroit Truetrac
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'69 Camaro Beater-SFT 327-M20-Moser 4.10-sold
'02 Z/28 vert-stock-sold and totaled
I have that negative disconnect and its a very good item to have. With old elec. systems like ours, you never know when a wire will short out somewhere under the hood or under the dash and run down the battery. Everytime I turn of the engine, I unscrew that green bolt cap and now the system cannot discharge. Its also security at a motel if you are on a trip. Car wont start without it.
Click..is Jim..former owner of a 69RS-LM1 350/255 - 700r
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