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    Connected battery backwards on virage - help

    Just when I thought I already did the stupidest things in my life I had to top it. I have a 2000 polaris virage. I hooked the battery up backwards and didn't realize it until I heard a pop. Can someone give me an idea of the damage I probably inflicted and what it will take to fix it? I would love to hear that it is just a fuse. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Hmmm...

    You would not be the first person to incorrectly connect a battery

    Did the circuit breaker (Reset button) pop up?

    Have you now connected the battery correctly?

    You may need to replace the starter solenoid, if it has shorted internally.

    What state is it in now?

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    It's currently in storage. This happened last October, when I was winterizing it. I didn't realize it had a circuit breaker that I could reset. Where is that located? Sorry for my ignorance.

    Kent

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephus View Post
    It's currently in storage. This happened last October, when I was winterizing it. I didn't realize it had a circuit breaker that I could reset. Where is that located? Sorry for my ignorance.

    Kent
    Reset button is on the electrical box, should be visible from the outside.

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    Thanks. Now I remember seeing that.

    Assuming nothing happens after I reset the breaker. How can I test the solenoid? Can I just jump it to see if it turns over ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephus View Post
    ...Assuming nothing happens after I reset the breaker. How can I test the solenoid? Can I just jump it to see if it turns over ?
    Yes, you can jump the two heavy terminals.
    The engine should crank, and start.

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    Connected battery up backwards on virage - help

    I finally got the ski out of storage. I hit the reset on the electric box and connected the battery (did it right this time). Everything seems ok and it turns over. Now it just won't start. I'm wondering if I fried something when I hooked the battery up backwards.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Yes, you can jump the two heavy terminals.
    The engine should crank, and start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephus View Post
    ...it turns over. Now it just won't start.

    I'm wondering if I fried something when I hooked the battery up backwards...
    First check. Put your voltmeter on the battery posts, and crank the engine.

    The voltage while cranking the engine must be over 10.5 volts, or you will have no spark.

    There may still be other problems, but if the battery is not strong enough to deliver more than 10.5 volts, you will never get the engine to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    First check. Put your voltmeter on the battery posts, and crank the engine.

    The voltage while cranking the engine must be over 10.5 volts, or you will have no spark.

    There may still be other problems, but if the battery is not strong enough to deliver more than 10.5 volts, you will never get the engine to start.
    Thanks for picking up this thread again. The console has a volts reading that stays above 11.0 while cranking. Is this an accurate number? I fully charged the battery before putting it in.

    Kent

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephus View Post
    ...The console has a volts reading that stays above 11.0 while cranking. Is this an accurate number?...
    Unfortunately, you can not trust the built-in voltage display for diagnostic purposes.

    You need to use a real multi-meter, connected to the battery posts (as a first measurement location).

    Observe the voltage at the battery, then crank the engine, and watch the voltage drop. It should not go below about 10.6 volts, and should stay even higher if the battery is really healthy.

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