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We installed a new battery on my car and accidentally

Hello, we installed a...

Hello, we installed a new battery on my car and accidentally installed it the wrong way (reversed the poles)

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you tested the battery with a voltmeter? And can you see if it's leaking or not?

The battery is brand new and is not leaking. When I turn the key in the ignition, the lights on the dashboard come on but the car doesn't start

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Mazda?

Mazda 3 2012

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Mazda2 yourself? What have you tried so far?

It's a mazda 3

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Yes we are trying to fix it ourself rather than call a tow company to being it to a garage for something simple.

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Which engine do you have in this please?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago

Dohc 16v - 4 cylinder

Thank you.

Normally when you install the battery backwards you will blow the main fusible link. This is a large fuse on the positive battery cable. Check and see if its blown. This should look like a very large regular fuse. If not, then it will be a clear topped fuse bolted to the cable. Check that one first and let me know.

There may be other blown fuses, but this is where we need to start.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago

Okay I found it and I think you are right. It looks blown!

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