Trouble starting truck

Tiny
SM67
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  • 1990 FORD F-150
I crossed over battery terminals by accident and the starter/celinoid started smoking and I removed the terminal asap. I replaced the starter/celinoid. Lights work but when turning the key to the starter nothing happens. Did the starter get burned out when I crossed the wires? Or did maybe the battery go bad?
Thanks for your help.
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Friday, June 3rd, 2011 AT 11:00 PM

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Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Check the fusible links, starter relay and starter motor
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Friday, June 3rd, 2011 AT 11:27 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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I do not know your truck very well...My heart lies with Jeep CJs and older Fords.

I am gonna throw some stuff, just to get things started.....No CJs broke at the present time!

Others may jump in and help!

I really doubt the starter itself was affected

Check "ALL" of your fuses, there may be some you don't know of, consult your owners manual.

Check Fusible Links......Lost?

I will send you a link about older Fords and Jeeps pay attention to what they (F.L.) are/ do and How I check them. They possibly could be in places other than at the solenoid.

I will continue to assist you the best I can, even If I have to find and drag another expert in! I may be able to send pics or diagrams, just keep detailed info, so that we will know whats been done, etc.

Do you have/ know how to use a digital voltmeter? If not I do have some homemade pics/ explanations on SOME methods of using it...Let's see how we stand, before "school" starts!

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1992-ford-ranger-wont-start

I'm also sorry I have been slack, there may also be How To's in our site....I just haven't explored around..Feel free!

Keep us informed, usually you will get more inputs than mine.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011 AT 11:43 PM

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