The positive and negative posts were touched at same time by a tool while wire off of terminal.

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Asked by Sep 13, 2015 at 02:53 PM about the 1994 Toyota Corolla DX Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The positive and negative terminals were touched at same time by a tool which made a spark.  The wire was off of the positive post because I was changing the terminal.  Now I hear the starter whine when I start the car.  Please explain what all I might have damaged.

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Starter Solenoid. Just saying..Not a big deal. Starter probably been there guite some time..

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starter whine AND not turning over the engine??

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You say it is the starter solenoid? Is the starter solenoid going out now? I will never do that again because I lost focus due to a new stubborn terminal and having to do some tapping to get in on so I used a somewhat long tool laid flat and it touched the two terminals. This is a new starter (put in by a mechanic, not by me) thank you for the quick answer.

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yes, the car starts okay so far. thanks for your quick answer

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This is a new starter so I am disappointed that it already makes a noise.

Yeah. Is it a remanufactured one or a new one?

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I do not know. Mechanic installed it about 2 months ago as well as an alternator. Would that make a difference? I can see the alternator and it is shiny and and looks new but I cannot see the starter.

No. Does it wine after it starts?

The alt. Just keeps the battery charged.

You'll be OK. Just gotta be careful u know. Learn by doing.. Bet u won't do that again..lol.. That's a good old car by the way.. Have a nice afternoon..

The sound can also just go away. You'll be fine though. Don't stress..;)

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It does whine for a second or so after it starts.

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thank you, and I will try not to stress. I will NOT do that again.

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If you touched both battery posts with a tool and the positive cable was not connected I fail to see how anything could have been damaged.

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