Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Bronco Info: 78 Bronco 400/C6/NP205, 9" rear, Dana 44 front
Electrical - no start, please help
I have a no start issue. When I put my battery back in so I can start it, my mind was on other things and I stupidly hooked the + cable to - terminal and - cable to + terminal. My starter relay smoked. It was hooked up for about 1 second.
I replaced the starter relay. Hooked things up properly and nothing, no start. I could here something click (starter solenoid I guess) immediately when I hooked up the battery. I am getting the "BRAKE" idiot light illuminating when I try to start, but nothing else. It's like the battery is totally dead.
So, I just took my battery to Autozone to have it checked for charge. It's a 2.5 year old Optima Redtop. The Autozne guy just looked at my receipt and handed me a brand new one. So, my battery is brand new.
I just hooked up my new battery (I even did it correctly this time!) and the exact same sequence of events and conditions above is happening. In other words, zero difference.
I'm scared here guys. What did I fry??? Do I need to also try a new voltage regulator? New starter maybe, seeing as the starter doesn't even try to turn the engine over???
Please help!!!! Thanks as always.
EDIT: I'll be reading through this in the meantime
That said, nothing just failed here, I caused the issue, so looking for help from that angle. I'm not good with electrical diag