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Old 11-17-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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1988 mustang problem

Hey guys so i just picked up a 1988 mustang 5.0 and the guy i got it from just put a new battery in the day i got it and he put the terminals on wrong he put the positive on the negative and the negative on the positive and the car wouldn't start i had to bump start it. do you think there is any major damage done to it? and the car was running rough it wouldn't idle it would just shut off. any tips??
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Check for a fuse able link its pretty much designed for what happened its a giant inline fuse
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:52 AM   #3
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Yes fuses should protect it.check tps for idle problems
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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Oh boy...could of burnt a ground or even messed up a cell in battery...luckily it didn't go BOOM...
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Who puts the terminals on backwards anyways????someone wasn't paying attention.he isn't your mechanic is he?jk
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whats TPS?
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Throttle position sensor...it's lol black sensor on top of the throttle body...
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Old 11-18-2013, 12:09 AM   #8
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for sure ill check that out thanks
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:26 PM   #9
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You could also check out your maf sensor if its not your TPS... (Maf=mass air flow ) Try to pull the gaz before it shut off on idle and if it dont shut off while doing this, it's probably your maf sensor. If its not one of those, its definitly your ground.
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Op has an 88 with speed density not a maf...
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:00 PM   #11
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Lol my bad I should have read the topic haha but it's pretty much the same, isnt it?
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