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Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?

Most of the advice I've seen for jump starting cars instructs to connect the black wire to a bare piece of metal on the car with the dead battery. However, I've always just hooked up both poles to the ...
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Is it possible to harm your car by giving someone a boost?

This post explains why it's a potential hazard to clip to the negative post on the dead battery when giving a boost. But I've also been told that I could damage the electronics in my own car if I give ...
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Why does my 2013 Honda Fit's horn sound when I am jump starting my car?

I had to jump start my car recently, and couldn't get the horn to turn off for a long time. I'm still not sure what actually caused it to stop. The horn sounded on and off continuously from the moment ...
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The car won't start, not even click, but everything else works fine in the car

The car has powerful new battery (1 week old). I drove the car and after 4 hours, the car will not start, not even click when you try to start the car? All the lights are ok and they are not dim. What ...
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Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?

Guides to jumping a car with a dead battery commonly advise that the cable from the negative terminal of the good battery be connected to the chassis of the stalled car rather than to the negative ...
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When Jumping a Battery Why Red FIrst

So, it's fairly popular consensus online that it's red clips to red posts, then black clips to frames, but why red first? One site mentions sparks, but you'll still get a spark when connecting black ...
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Does a jump starter with lower amperage than your car battery work?

I have a 3.0 litre V6 Diesel Jaguar XJ which has a 850amp battery. A fair number of people on this 400amp Amazon jump starter say it started their 3.0 litre cars fine. ...
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How do I determine what type of jumper cable I should carry?

I recently bought a used car, and it didn't come with any jumper cables, so I'm going to buy some. I briefly looked around at a store and online, and there seems to be a wide variety of prices and ...
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Is it necessary to have the good car's engine running when jumpstarting

When jump-starting a vehicle, one first connects the positive and negative terminals between the two cars: positive to positive and negative (good battery) to a bolt head on the vehicle with the dead ...
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2007 honda cr-v dead battery, electrical fuses blown

Honda CR-V 2007 I parked this car on Friday. It would not start on Sunday and the cd changer changed a bunch every time I tried and a few other dash lights came on. It was cold during the 2 days ...
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Using a car with an inaccessible negative battery terminal to jump start

When trying to jump start my Volvo XC-60, I came across a very unexpected problem. I tried to use our 2nd vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape, as the assisting car to jump start mine. But when I looked at ...
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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How do I know if a jump starter is suitable for my car?

My car (a Toyota Avensis 2001 Diesel 2.0L) often lays idle for long periods. During these periods the battery runs down and it is unable to start. I recognise that the car should be driven more often ...
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What could cause a 2001 Toyota Echo not to start (constant clicking)?

I have a 2001 Toyota Echo that is not starting. The eclectrical seems to be fine (lights, console, everything boots up), but when trying to start there's just a constant clicking, no turn over. Doing ...
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How to access negative battery terminal in 04 Pontiac Montana

So my hand is all scuffed up from trying to get to the (-) terminal for jumper cables to jump my Ford Focus with the defective trunk latch which apparently has been draining my battery. The fuse box ...
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee battery issues

Nearing 200,000 miles on this car, so it's beginning to have issues here and there. The most recent being that it dies when not being driven. This car was driven on a daily basis until I went to ...
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can starting a battery dead car cause damage to anything?

I just imported car from japan, I had to drive 1000km from shipping port to get it home. Problem is Battery turned out to be plain dead. I stopped once at the fuel station and couldn't get it back ...
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Do jump starts with a place for full-size car battery exist?

I have an old battery left from the old car and I need a jump starter kit. It seems all jump starters have integrated motorcycle battery inside. I curious whether jump starters with a place for a car ...
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My 2000 Chevy impala won't start

At first when I tried to start it the lights came on and the check engine light came on but no start. Now I get no reaction at all. Need help
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Sound made in Ford Focus when plugged in

I had a dead battery this morning and plugged in my '03 Focus for the first time to charge up enough to get the dang thing out of the garage. I was a little bit worried when I plugged it in because I ...