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I have a 2006 Yamaha Midnight silverado. After a long winter I recharged a stored battery that had completely depleted. I hate to admit this, but I recharged it and reversed polarity by connecting the cables backwards. When I put the battery in (not knowing polarity was reversed) I had a quick spark at the battery terminal. I then checked the battery with a volt meter and realized my mistake. I drained the battery and charged it, reversing the polarity back to normal, installed it and now I cant even turn on the headlight. All fuses are intact and now I am quite concerned about what damage I may have caused, or where to even start looking.

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  • bsecosh May 11, 2011

    Jim, Thanks very much for the guidance and advice. You were dead on and have saved me from my "senior moment" :) I had checked the fuses in the box but had never considered an inline. Thanks again and Best Regards! Brandt

  • bsecosh May 11, 2011

    Well I have to say that I am impressed by the quick response and accurate advice. Jim took me right to the problem and saved me from my "senior moment". Very much appreciated and I will be very happy to recommend FixYa to all. Best Regards ~ Brandt Secosh

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Check the positive battery wire and see if there is an inline fuse. Many manufacturers put an inline fuse (normally called a fusible link) in the system to protect against a dead short to ground of the battery. Reversing the battery would also cause the link to blow. Follow the battery line and using a test light or multimeter, check that you have voltage at the other end of the battery cable.

If you do, then something has burned out. I would suspect something like the generator or something like that.

Let me know what you find.

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