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Tried to jump with polarity accidentally reversed. Corrected

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Tried to jump with polarity accidentally reversed. Corrected it and continued. Car started but pressing gas pedal gives no increase in speed over 5mph.
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: It seems to start normally but the the engine won't rev and the car won't exceed 5mph.
JA: What is the model/year of your Pontiac?
Customer: 2010 Vibe
JA: Are you fixing your Vibe yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No, I'm not really a car person. Haven't tried anything yet. I can check fuses. This happened late last night in the driveway. For some reason the hazards were on and by the time we noticed, the battery was dead.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No, I don't have any more info. Thanks.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  Jared D replied 10 months ago.


There is an ETCS fuse that always blows whenever these vibes are jumped backwards. Give me a sec and I'll look up the location.

Expert:  Jared D replied 10 months ago.

Check the under hood fuse box for a fuse labeled ETCS- it should be a 10 amp.