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Jump-starting a car: connecting black to the engine block

The question says mechanical connections and grounding wires are rarely designed for the high amperage The ground cable goes directly (and only) to the frame in this picture Image from Quora So ...
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Jump-starting a car: connecting black to the engine block

Compare the circuits formed by the two alternatives: positive jumper cable - positive recipient battery terminal - starter relay - starter windings - engine block - chassis - battery ground cable - ...
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Jump-starting a car: connecting black to the engine block

If you examine your car or any other vehicle, try tracing battery ground cables. Most, if not all, battery ground connects to the chassis nearby, Chassis has a ground cable to engine block. From your ...
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2014 Dodge Dart Starting Issue

There is a bad connection at the battery. By connecting the jump cable, you are disturbing the connection and making it connect better. Remove both connectors from the battery and clean all the ...
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Jeep won't start

It sounds like your ignition switch is either broken or it has come loose from its mount. If it is simply loose: Put the key in and turn it in the opposite direction, counterclockwise. Wiggle and ...
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Jump-starting a car: connecting black to the engine block

The question was "Do automotive manufacturers plan for this sort of jump start as part of their requirements?" And the answer is: yes. Every car I've ever owned has a section about jump ...
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Why Your Lawn Mower Won’t Start After Winter?

The most common cause is probably that the carburetor is clogged up with gunk. This doesn't allow fuel to flow into the engine and it won't run. The reason the gunk gets there is caused most readily ...
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RPMs at 0 while driving. Can't re-start car without 45 min cooldown but then runs normal for 30 min

It is most likely a faulty crankshaft position sensor. This sensor tracks your engine r.p.m. That's why your tach goes to 0. On many cars when they fail while running the computer remembers where the ...
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Chainsaw runs differently every day

It seems the main issue here was in fact a fuel leak. The way the saw was stored (hanging vertically from the handle), it would leak gas into the carburetor through the fuel bowl needle if the tank ...
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Why does my 2000 ford ranger start when I push the clutch to the floor I just need my key on on and it starts with the clutch

Had same problem 2007 Ford Ranger V6 vulcan engine. Mine was a bad ignition switch. Moveable electrical contacts move in every switch positon-Acc, Off, Lock, run and start. Different years I know, but ...
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Jump-starting a car: connecting black to the engine block

On many vehicles, where the battery is not in the engine compartment, specific jump start terminals are provided; so you don't have to dig around under the rear seat or in the boot [trunk]. This is ...
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95 Integra LS starting difficulty

That starter looks like a smaller version of the one in my Land Rover Discover 2. I have previously replaced the contact in the starter solenoid with replacement kit I purchased through Ebay. The ...
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Does pulling a recoil rope when small engine is rotating cause any damage?

No damage and no worries. Maybe you live where there's not much snow? Snowblowers use the same kind of pull starter mechanism and their manuals usually recommend that before you shut down the ...
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Troubleshooting Slow Start on 2009 Civic Si

You need to check the cables to the starter and ground. Look to see if there are any bulges in them. It could be that there is corrosion in the cables which would act like a big resistor inside the ...
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No START No PRNDL LIGHT after forcing shifter cable into drive

Since you forced your shifter, it sounds like you broke it. More than likely you'll need to get it replaced. At a minimum, you'll need to take it to a mechanic and have them diagnose it. EDIT: Because ...
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2012 Nissan Armada not starting

This sounds to me like a problem with the ignition starter switch. It's the piece which attaches to the lock cylinder (the part the key goes into) and tells the vehicle to actually start the engine. ...
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08 Honda Accord Odd Issue with Starting

Sounds like a neutral safety switch problem to me. There's a switch that only lets the starter operate if the transmission is in either Park or Neutral. Sometimes a failing switch will present itself ...
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95 Integra LS Starter Control Wiring

I believe the starter cut relay is another name for the neutral safety switch. It is a switch to prevent you from starting your car when it is in gear without the clutch pedal depressed (if manual ...
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Screech on startup (manual)

The characteristics you describe point to a failed throw-out bearing. Between the clutch pedal and the clutch release mechanism is a bearing which transfers your foot pressure to the mechanism. When ...
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Help Needed! My vehicle (2015 Nissan Sentra) is not starting after Brake Job. - DIY

It sounds like you have run down your battery. You hear a click but there's no crank and the dash lights go out when you try and start, that's a classic low voltage situation. Either your battery is ...
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Ford Fiesta 06 diesel 1.4 new battery but car will only start if I bump start. What will cause this iv done a voltage output test on the alternator

Step 1: Clean battery posts and terminals. They may look clean but may not be. Step 2: Have parasitic draw test done. You either have insufficient amps getting past your battery terminals, or ...
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LS1 pops, doesn't start

The problem was the cheap unbranded eBay crankshaft position sensor. I just bought one branded "Spectra" for 60 AUD, half the price of an OEM. It weighs twice as much, fits better, and the ...
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Mower won't start

First thing to check is whether you are getting a spark at the spark plug. Remove the spark plug and hold it against the engine with the HT lead still connected to it. Keep it away from the spark ...
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Starting using a deep-cycle battery

A deep-cycle battery is one which, for the same weight and cost, can't run the same short-circuit current as a starter battery. It's got less plate area and more volume. If it can run enough current ...
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