Danger
Potentially Dangerous
Injury may result if this procedure is not followed properly. Use caution and follow all warnings.
Danger

Introduction

Is your car not starting? Is there a clicking noise when you turn your key in the ignition? If yes, then you have a dead battery. Follow the directions below in order to jump start your car!

Tools

Parts

No parts required.

Make sure that both cars are turned off.
  • Make sure that both cars are turned off.

  • Pop open the hood of the Insight by pulling the lever located here:

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Open the hood by reaching under the hood (in the front and center) and pulling the lever.
  • Open the hood by reaching under the hood (in the front and center) and pulling the lever.

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Lock open the hood by grabbing the rod and inserting it into the hole on the under side of the hood.
  • Lock open the hood by grabbing the rod and inserting it into the hole on the under side of the hood.

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Open the hood of the charged car, and lock it up into place (with rod if necessary).
  • Open the hood of the charged car, and lock it up into place (with rod if necessary).

    • Spring-action rod

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Grab your jumper cables.
  • Grab your jumper cables.

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Locate the battery in the dead-battery car and the charged-battery car.
  • Locate the battery in the dead-battery car and the charged-battery car.

  • The battery always has a big red plastic part that will indicate the positive terminal.

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WARNING! DO NOT LET THE LEADS TOUCH EACH OTHER OR ANY OTHER METAL!
  • WARNING! DO NOT LET THE LEADS TOUCH EACH OTHER OR ANY OTHER METAL!

  • Attach the RED lead to the charged car's battery where the positive (RED) terminal is.

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Attach the other RED lead to the positive (RED) terminal of the dead car's battery.
  • Attach the other RED lead to the positive (RED) terminal of the dead car's battery.

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Attach the BLACK lead to the charged car's battery where the negative terminal is.
  • Attach the BLACK lead to the charged car's battery where the negative terminal is.

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Attach the other BLACK lead to the grounding strap located here: Do not connect the black lead to any other part of the car. Do not connect the black lead to any other part of the car.
  • Attach the other BLACK lead to the grounding strap located here:

  • Do not connect the black lead to any other part of the car.

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Start the engine of the charged car and let the engine run for 1-2 minutes.
  • Start the engine of the charged car and let the engine run for 1-2 minutes.

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Start the engine of the dead car and let it run for 2-3 minutes.
  • Start the engine of the dead car and let it run for 2-3 minutes.

  • NOTE: If your Insight does not start at this point, let the battery charge for a few more minutes.

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After the Insight has successfully started and has been running for a few minutes, remove leads in reverse order from attachment.
  • After the Insight has successfully started and has been running for a few minutes, remove leads in reverse order from attachment.

  • WARNING: DO NOT LET THE LEADS TOUCH EACH OTHER OR ANY OTHER METAL!

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Drive the Insight for at least 30 minutes before turning it off again to ensure a full charge for your battery.
  • Drive the Insight for at least 30 minutes before turning it off again to ensure a full charge for your battery.

  • NOTE: You may also simply let the engine run for 30 minutes rather than driving.

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Conclusion

If your car still does not run after all of this, call a mechanic because you may have a bigger problem than a dead battery.

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Where should you clamp the black lead if using a portable jump starter and cable won't reach the grounding strap? Thanks!

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