How to jump start a car?

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 05:08 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to jump start a car?

When we jump-start a car, do we connect the red clamp to the
positive terminal on the bad battery (the one needs to be
started) first or on the good battery (on the running car)
first?

I heard lastly we should connect the black clamp not to the
negative terminal on the bad battery but to somewhere under
the hood for safety reasons. But where exactly? I have a
picture of my Camry here with four spots marked. Which one
should be it?

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 05:16 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Bob" <Bob@careunit.com> wrote in message
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> When we jump-start a car, do we connect the red clamp to the
> positive terminal on the bad battery (the one needs to be
> started) first or on the good battery (on the running car)
> first?
>
> I heard lastly we should connect the black clamp not to the
> negative terminal on the bad battery but to somewhere under
> the hood for safety reasons. But where exactly? I have a
> picture of my Camry here with four spots marked. Which one
> should be it?
>


Check your owners manual. It will tell you which one to connect first. Also
tells you which wire to remove first if you are ever replacing the battery.


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Old 17 Jan 2005, 05:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 16:16:45 -0700, "Mark A"
<nobody@nowhere.com> wrote:

>"Bob" <Bob@careunit.com> wrote in message
>news:0h9ou0hui3t2bmcj6f3s6me053krge084q@4ax.com.. .
>> When we jump-start a car, do we connect the red clamp to the
>> positive terminal on the bad battery (the one needs to be
>> started) first or on the good battery (on the running car)
>> first?
>>
>> I heard lastly we should connect the black clamp not to the
>> negative terminal on the bad battery but to somewhere under
>> the hood for safety reasons. But where exactly? I have a
>> picture of my Camry here with four spots marked. Which one
>> should be it?
>>

>
>Check your owners manual. It will tell you which one to connect first. Also
>tells you which wire to remove first if you are ever replacing the battery.
>

Too bad I don't have it no more.
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 06:19 pm   #4 (permalink)
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> >Check your owners manual. It will tell you which one to connect first.
Also
> >tells you which wire to remove first if you are ever replacing the

battery.
> >

> Too bad I don't have it no more.


Well then list the model year of your Camry. It probably has not changed
over the years, but it is better to be safe. Not all cars have the same
electrical grounding system.


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Old 17 Jan 2005, 06:25 pm   #5 (permalink)
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You should not even try to jump start a newer car - if you don't fry the
electronics (big bucks) the battery could explode (ouch my eyes and skin not
to mention the paint!) Buy an inexpensive battery charger for $20.


"Bob" <Bob@careunit.com> wrote in message
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> When we jump-start a car, do we connect the red clamp to the
> positive terminal on the bad battery (the one needs to be
> started) first or on the good battery (on the running car)
> first?
>
> I heard lastly we should connect the black clamp not to the
> negative terminal on the bad battery but to somewhere under
> the hood for safety reasons. But where exactly? I have a
> picture of my Camry here with four spots marked. Which one
> should be it?
>
> http://www.geocities.com/web378/DSC01020a.jpg



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Old 17 Jan 2005, 07:46 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to jump start a car?

Bob, I copied your picture and re-located some actual points that are
solid grounds. Use these if you need to.

Someone else suggested that you should not "jump start" a car at all
due to the sensitive nature of the electronics in late model cars.
I don't agree with that necessarily, but HOW to do it is always
arguable, so I won't actually suggest i know the proper way,as someone
else invariably will argue my suggested procedure and it's just not
worth the hassle.

There is a good alternative though, that involves using one car to
charge the battery of another without jeopardizing either vehicle or
their respective electronics.

1) disconnect the battery that's dead. No need to remove it from the
car, just disconnect it.

2) Using Jumper cables, connect the positive and negative cables to
the "dead" battery at the posts.

3) connect the "+" cable to the running vehicle positive post.

4) connect the Negative cable to a good solid ground in the running
car. ( the reason to connect to something other than battery ground
post/cable, is simple. You are avoiding sparks from igniting the
battery gases................see?)

5) Let the running car charge the secondary connected battery for a 15
minute period or so (longer if desired or necessary), then disconnect
the running vehicle and basically the rest of the connections and
re-connect the battery that was originally disconnected and You should
have enough to start a car with, or at least crank it to troubleshoot.

Hope this helps. I was kinda tired writing this and may have missed
something, but I can assure you, the general idea is in ther in it's
glory.




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Old 17 Jan 2005, 07:48 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Sorry, I forgot the Picture Link.........

here it is

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 09:11 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 19:25:41 -0500, "Wolfgang"
<NOwolfgangdieterSPAM@cox.net> wrote:

>You should not even try to jump start a newer car - if you don't fry the
>electronics (big bucks) the battery could explode (ouch my eyes and skin not
>to mention the paint!) Buy an inexpensive battery charger for $20.
>
>

How is a battery charger used? That would be good when I
can't find another car to help me out.

Where to get one? Walmart?
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 09:12 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 17:19:09 -0700, "Mark A"
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>> >Check your owners manual. It will tell you which one to connect first.

>Also
>> >tells you which wire to remove first if you are ever replacing the

>battery.
>> >

>> Too bad I don't have it no more.

>
>Well then list the model year of your Camry. It probably has not changed
>over the years, but it is better to be safe. Not all cars have the same
>electrical grounding system.
>

It's 2000 Carmy CE.
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 09:31 pm   #10 (permalink)
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FACT: Each year, nearly 6,000 motorists suffer serious eye injuries or even
blindness because of improperly jump-starting a dead vehicle battery. All
vehicle batteries contain sulfuric acid and produce hydrogen and oxygen
gases. If the hydrogen gas comes into contact with a spark, the battery can
explode, sending pieces of the battery and acid flying. Pieces of the
battery can cut into the eye, while the sulfuric acid can severely burn the
delicate eye tissue.

"Bob" <Bob@careunit.com> wrote in message
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> When we jump-start a car, do we connect the red clamp to the
> positive terminal on the bad battery (the one needs to be
> started) first or on the good battery (on the running car)
> first?
>
> I heard lastly we should connect the black clamp not to the
> negative terminal on the bad battery but to somewhere under
> the hood for safety reasons. But where exactly? I have a
> picture of my Camry here with four spots marked. Which one
> should be it?
>
> http://www.geocities.com/web378/DSC01020a.jpg



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