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Jump-starting a car

FIRST, READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING — BATTERIES PRODUCE EXPLOSIVE GASES.

These instructions are designed to minimize the explosion hazard while jump-starting a car. Keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away from batteries at all times.

  • Both batteries should be of the same voltage (6, 12, etc.).
  • When jump-starting, always wear proper eye protection and never lean over the battery.
  • Do not jump start a damaged battery; inspect both batteries before connecting booster cables.
  • Be sure vent caps are tight and level.
  • Be sure that the vehicles are not touching and that both ignition switches are in the “OFF” position.
  • Turn off all electrical equipment (radio, defroster, windshield wipers, lights, etc.).

The following steps should be followed exactly:

  1. Connect positive (+) booster cable to positive (+) terminal of discharged battery.
  2. Connect other end of positive (+) cable to positive (+) terminal of assisting battery.
  3. Connect negative (-) cable to negative (-) terminal of assisting battery.
  4. MAKE FINAL CONNECTION OF NEGATIVE (-) CABLE TO ENGINE BLOCK OF STALLED VEHICLE, AWAY FROM BATTERY AND CARBURETOR.
  5. Be sure that cables are clear of fan blades, belts and other moving parts of both engines.
  6. Start vehicle and remove cables in REVERSE order of connections.