Attempted remote start install. Ignition doesn't work. Need help!
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    Angry Attempted remote start install. Ignition doesn't work. Need help!

    I was attempting to install a remote start system in my 99 Odyssey. I disconnected the battery and went to work inside the van. As soon as I went to strip the constant power to the ignition switch(white wire) it sparked (and short circuited I assume). When I looked in the engine bay the battery cable had moved and made contact with the battery. Now the ignition switch does not work at all. The rest of the power in the van works, headlights, interior lights, power locks, etc. But anything that is controlled by the ignition, radio, A/C, dashboard, etc does not turn on.

    Is there a fuse that could have possibly blown that would be causing this or is my ignition switch fried? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Did you check the bigger fuses in the underhood fuse box? The ignition switch is a 40 amp fuse iirc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjody View Post
    Did you check the bigger fuses in the underhood fuse box? The ignition switch is a 40 amp fuse iirc.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I rechecked the fuse box under the hood and I found a blown 50 amp fuse. Hopefully that's all it is.

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    I'm not sure how you could have had any kind of spark if the battery was disconnected (unless there is a capacitor in the system somewhere). Once you replace the fuse, try turning the ignition to the on position and off again to drain any residual power. I was wondering how you are going to bypass the immobilizer?
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    ^^^ he said the battery cable made contact with the post
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    which battery cable you had removed? Had you removed the positive cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sontakke View Post
    which battery cable you had removed? Had you removed the positive cable?
    Doesn't really matter, once one of the cables touches, the circuit is live again. Always wise to cover the open terminal, I use a piece of rubber hose.
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    I am suspecting that OP removed the positive cable and if he did, then he is not following best practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sontakke View Post
    I am suspecting that OP removed the positive cable and if he did, then he is not following best practice.
    True enough. Easy to pull the ground and tuck it behind something or zip tie it out of the way.
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    Thanks for the help guys. Everything is up and running. I replaced the fuse and the rest of the install went well.

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