1997 F-150 no electrical power. Shorted it out with a socket extension while changing plugs. Spark then smoke.

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  • AUTOMATIC
  • 232,000 MILES
My question:

I did the exact same thing today on my 1997 f-150. Got a spark then a pretty good puff of smoke. I hit the top fuse on the primary battery fuse wire feeding off the drivers side of the fuse. All while changing the rear plug on the passenger side. I hit it with my ratchet extension while it was attached to the plug. Solidly grounded it out. Any help on what you did to correct your situation would be greatly appreciated.

I FOUND THIS HERE ALREADY AND ASKED A QUESTION:
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So today I was changing spark plugs on my 98 f150 and I touch one of the wires connected to the primary battery fuse on accident with a tool and got a spark. Didn't think much of it but now I have no power to anything in my car. No lights no click nothing. It's like the battery is not even in the car. Everything was fine up until today. Battery has power and tried jump starting but wouldn't take. Ive check the majority of the fuses. All seem fine as well as swapped many relays Any ideas?
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Ckh1992
August 5, 2013.
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Please help if anyone knows where to begin. I did check both fuse boxes on the truck . All good. I am aware there are some major fuses to check now and that is where I lose it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have included a picture with the exact location that I shorted out the elctric with my socket extension. the other end was attached to the plug.

THANK YOU!

Ed Cox
Kershaw South Carolina
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GOT YOU A PARTIAL DIAGRAM OF YOUR RIG (IN THE VEHICLE SELECTION, THERE WERE 2 ENGINE CODES FOR YOUR TRUCK, I USED THE 1ST, SEE IF THIS DIAGRAM IS YOUR SET-UP)

IN THE LEFT CORNER, YOU WILL SEE THE BATTERY AND EVERYTHING ON DOWN THE LINE

FUSES/ FUSIBLE LINKS/ ETC MAY BE WHAT YOU "SMOKED"

DISCONNECT THE TRUCK BATTERY

YOU CAN SET A VOLTMETER TO "OHMS" AND TEST FOR CONTINUITY ON EITHER SIDE OF A SUSPECT ITEMS SUCH AS A FUSE

I MADE A FEW CRUDDY PICS A FEW YEARS BACK ATTEMPTING HOW TO EXPLAIN CONTINUITY TESTING, HOPE YOU CAN READ 'EM, MY CHOICE IN TEXT COLOR SORTA LACKED

CLICK ON MY DIAGRAM/ PICS BELOW

RETURN WITH GOOD NEWS

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Thank you so much for your prompt response! I truly appreciate that. I will be sure to use this information tomorrow. I truly have to say, this is an awesome place you have here for information. When I can afford it. You will have a donation from me!
Thank you,

Ed Cox

I had to help a very needy family today so funds are low.
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I HOPE WHAT I GOT YOU HELPS

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Most likely the 175 amp fuse is blown. One end of it is connected to one of the large terminals on the starter relay.
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Saturday, May 16th, 2015 AT 9:03 PM
Tiny
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Sorry CJ. Didn't mean to butt into your conversation.
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JUST FINE/ ANYTIME DOC!

EVERYBODY SHOULD HELP EVERYBODY,

I BELIEVE IN THE MORE INFO THE MERRIER, AT LEAST HAVING IT ON HAND IS MUCH BETTER THAN NOT HAVING IT AT ALL.

AND "ALWAYS" CORRECT "ME" IF I'M DEAD WRONG

NOT HAVING 1st HAND/ HANDS ON EXPERIENCE ON MUCH OF THIS NEW STUFF, I DO TRY TO THROW OUT ANY KIND OF INFO THAT MIGHT POSSIBLY AID IN THEIR FIX (I REALLY HATE TO SEE ANY [ESPECIALLY A DOMESTIC] VEHICLE GO UNANSWERED.

IT'S A SHAME

EVERYBODY DON'T WISE UP AND OWN A JEEP CJ

EZ TO TRULY LOVE/ MAINTAIN/ WILL LAST FOREVER!

THE WORLD WOULD BE A MORE PERFECT PLACE!

Ed Cox, INSURE YOU UPDATE US WITH SOME GOOD NEWS, TRUCK FIXED, PIC OF YOUR NEWLY ACQUIRED JEEP

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