Hoping I can get some other people's experience. I've messed with Z31s before, but it's been a while.
So, my car died a couple of nights ago, and my dumb butt accidentally reversed the jumper cables on my already dead battery. (It was dark, and the
positive terminal had a black cover on it and the negative had a red cap on it.)
It started smoking pretty bad, and when I realized what I had done I mentally slapped myself. The only apparent damage I had done was melt the wire on
the fuseable link for the battery.
I changed it out with a spare. Connected the charger in the correct manner, and it started.
For all of a few seconds. So, my dad and my sister's boyfriend come out and start trying to tell me what to do, which pissed me off as I don't really
care much for my sister's boyfriend, and I didn't ask for any help especially not to be told what to do. So, I told both of them to bug off, and I let
it sit in his driveway.
So today, I waited until the weather was a little better and it was daylight and I start going back over it.
Here's what I found:
All of the fuses are good.
None of the cables are melted or damaged.
The battery will charge up to 13.5 V
The car will crank/turnover, fire up, and then die.
The battery doesn't hold a charge. It will completely flatline after three to four attempts to start.
I don't have any diagnostic tools, but I believe that it's most likely the alternator that got screwed up when I reversed the jumper cables.
Another thing I believe might be wrong is that the ECU got screwed up. I don't know for sure as both LEDs come on when the key is in the on position,
but I can't run any ECU self-checks since the car won't stay running.
I just want other people's inputs, because my dad is giving me a hard time about my car sitting in his driveway, and keeps trying to tell me that it's
just flooded and I won't let him or my sister's boyfriend touch it since they already started poking around on a car that they're not familiar with
and I caught them spraying a bunch
of starter fluid into my oiled air filter, and it wasn't even flooded.
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