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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:36 PM
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what would happen if you connected a car battery the wrong way
negative cable to positive terminal and positive cable to negative terminal?
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:37 PM
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1. Don't do it. The internets will come to a screeching halt.
Seriously, I think it is very dangerous to do that, but I can't remember why.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:40 PM
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2. Happened to my car...
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 06:42 PM by EOO
Thank GOD I took my car to an honest mechanic. He caught it before there were any serious problems.

I should have sued the car dealer (which I bought my car from) for such shoddy workmanship when I had the chance. The mechanic was telling me that my car could have exploded from the battery fluid that leaked all over the engine from it.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:42 PM
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3. Time, Space and Dimension would unravel.
:evilgrin:

Actually I have no idea, sorry. Blow the battery? I've wondered the same thing at times.
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:44 PM
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4. where are the mechanics tonight?
or the battery technicians?
or the electricians?
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RedstDem Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:50 PM
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5. I Did That To My VW Bug
It's Been A While, But I If I Remember Correctly, It Just Wouldn't Start. No Fuses Popped.

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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:52 PM
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6. interesting
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:53 PM
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7. I think I heard this on CarTalk recently
The battery may blow up.
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:55 PM
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8. Yeah... not a good thing
especially if you try to jump it. Booom! Had a friend that this happened to. Battery acid burns are not pretty.
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:57 PM
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11. would it function at all?
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:56 PM
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9. According to a reliable source,
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 06:58 PM by AirmensMom
it could hurt the voltage regulator.

Edit ... or the electronics. If the car runs w/no warning lights, it's probably OK ... assuming you got it connected correctly after you noticed the mistake.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:57 PM
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10. Your sexual preference will change.
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:58 PM
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12. that would take some getting used to
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:04 PM
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13. mmmm
Reversed polarity would cause the starter turn in the wrong direction?

180


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RedstDem Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:07 PM
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14. I Don't Think The Solenoid Would Engage
eom
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