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My battery needed to be replaced so I tried to do it myself. I accidently put it in backwards. Hooking up the positive terminal to the negative terminal etc..

It caused my 100amp main fuse in the engine fuse box to pop. I got a new fuse replaced it and hooked up the battery correctly.

Everything seemed fine except the battery indicator was staying on. I ignored it and continued to drive the vehicle.

The next day when driving down the road I suddenly lost all power and I had to pull to the side of the road. I couldn´t start the car.

What happen? Did I ruin the battery? Did I screw up my alternator? Is my electrical system totally screwed? Could it be a simple fuse?

I own a 95 Ford Escort LX.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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The best way to answer your questions is YES. You could have done all of the above, one of the above, or a combonation. I´m betting it is most likely the Alternator, or another fuse. I´d check all the fuses first, then check the output of the alternator. I´d also take the battery back to where you bought it and get them to test it too.
I took the battery to get tested. It´s ok. I put the battery back in and noticed when I start the car and remove the positive terminal the car shuts down.

I checked all the fuses that I can see and they all look good.

Does the alternator have a fuse? If so, where is it located?

I just called a place and they have an alternator for $40. I might attempt to replace it.
Welp, I got a free alternator from the junk yard and had it installed for $50.

All is good now.

Next time I´ll just pay to have a new battery put in.
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