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96 Taurus wagon, no speedo, dead radio

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Hello all... 

 

So, let me preface this by saying, I was a dingus. I was an idiot. I did this, and I knew better..  

 

So,  the other day my wife's car was dead(the Taurus) I went to jump it,  and,  with the cables covering the makings and the posts sprayed with the corrosion stuff, that's RED, I connected the positive to the negative and the negative to the head bolt tab. When that didn't work, I moved the ground to the battery (positive) and well,  smoke, sparks, etc. Now. Radio is dead(climate still works, manual controls) can't turn it on,  no clock etc. That I noticed right away, along with the abs light.  Fast forward to today(the next day) I notice the speedo isn't working. I hear the speedo goes through the radio fuse? Does it possibly go through the radio as well? I checked the fuses under the hood, all look fine. 

A new radio off eBay is 150 bucks. New factory old stock, in box. The radio was having problems before, ejecting tapes, so it kinda needed replacing anyway. I have the ax4n trans, did a fluid flush(pan drop)  a few weeks ago. I don't believe that to be the culprit. 

 

Any other ideas? 

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Check the fuses under the driver's dash in the GEM (or SJB). You may have blown some of those.

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16 hours ago, Angrod said:

Check the fuses under the driver's dash in the GEM (or SJB). You may have blown some of those.

Yep. That was it. 10 amp abs and 5 amp radio, blown. Man I'm thankful for fuses... 

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