Jumpstart gone wrong
I was in a rush Monday morning with the wife hassling me (get my excuse in first) and like a complete muppet managed to attempt to jump start my car with the wrong terminals on the battery.
The reverse polarisation resulted in lots of sparks. Still not realising what I had done I started the donor car, there was lots of smoke and cheap ass jump leads I had literally went up in flames and fell to pieces.
So now I am trying to sort this mess out. I spoke to the guys at Alfa workshop who said that if I was lucky the leads may have given up first and to try and start it up again.
I attempted this and it looked promising. The alarm came on and the central locking started working, but when I tried to turn it over everything went dead and hasn't come back to life yet.
So today I tried to check the fuses. I found the fuse box in the boot to the left of the battery (real pain as I had to remove the carpet lining). Some posts mention a 150amp fuse! but I only found a 80a 60a as I recall and a couple others of lower rating. They all seemed fine, no blackening. Not sure if you can check a fuse visibly or if you need to use a multimeter?
The other large fuses in the engine bay looked fine also. I haven't gone through all the small fuses under the steering column yet, but plan to at the weekend.
My plan of action is the charge my battery indoors and see if the indicator seems okay and then possibly take the battery to Halfords to get it tested.
Then go through all the fuses again. A possibly try to test them with my multimeter.
Any other helpful suggestions? No trolling about how I have [probably] fried my ECU please