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To jump-start a battery

1. Connect the positive cable clamp (red) to the good battery's positive post (or power point if one is provided).

2. Connect the other positive cable clamp to the dead battery's positive post or power point.

3. Connect the negative cable clamp (black) to the good battery's negative terminal.

4. Connect the other negative clamp to a good ground--the alternator bracket, for example-- on the dead car's engine. (Do not connect it directly to the battery!)

5. With the running engine at high idle (about 1,200 r.p.m.) let the weak battery charge about five minutes.

6. Start the disabled car.

7. Remove the cable clamps in the exact reverse order of installation

Source: Bob Weber

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