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96 No Start, Backwards Jumper Cables
So I was helping my Dad fix his Honda Accord this afternoon. It sat for a few weeks, and needed a jump. As I went inside to wash, he hooked up the cables. Well he hooked up my truck first, correctly. Unfortunately, he got the cables backwards on the Honda. I got back just in time to see the spark. I was doing some other things on the Honda, and tried to start my truck about 2 hours later and no start. Just a click when you turn the key to the start position.
Here is what I have done.
1. Checked the batteries. 818 cca for one, 823 cca for the second, on an 850 cca rating.
2. Cleaned the terminals and posts. Used the wire brush cleaning tools to clean both.
3. Checked fuses under the hood behind the air cleaner box and driver's side under the dash. None blown.
I also noticed that when key is turned to the ON position before starting, the speedometer needle moves up from the stopper peg. When you try to start the truck, the needle moves back to the stopper peg. I don't know if this is normal or not. I never paid attention.
Any help in terms of direction on what to try next would be extremely helpful. I guess it could be coincidence, but it certainly doesn't seem like it.