<VV> Need advice - battery hooked up backwards; what damage likely took place?

Harry Yarnell harryyarnell at verizon.net
Fri Aug 16 11:54:43 EDT 2013

He may have blown one or more diodes in the alternator (if equiped). Starter
shouldn't be affected.
I'm assuming this is a Corvair...

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Subject: <VV> Need advice - battery hooked up backwards; what damage likely
took place?

A club member bought a new battery - and mistakenly hooked it up reverse
polarity.  He said it was obviously wrong (sparking like mad) - I don't
think he got to the point of trying to start it yet.  After correcting the
error he has lights, horn, etc. but the starter won't engage.
My guess is he likely damaged the alternator and/or regulator - anybody
What about the starter - if he didn't try engaging it I doubt he damaged it
- again looking for expert advice.
Anything else likely damaged?
Andy K
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