Jump Starting a Battery
Posted: August 31, 2012
When farmers work alone, they might be tempted to try bypass starting, but this is a dangerous activity that could result in serious injury or death. Because it’s important that jump starting be done properly, the National Safety Council recommends the following procedures:
- Position another vehicle or battery booster pack near the disabled vehicle. Be sure both batteries are of the same voltage.
- Turn off the ignition of the vehicles, and set the parking brakes. Place automatic transmissions in “Park” and standard transmissions in “Neutral.”
- Wear safety glasses and gloves while attaching cables.
Unless given different directions in the owner’s manual, use the booster cables in this order:
- Clamp/connect one end of the positive (+) booster cable to the positive (+) post of the dead battery.
- Connect the other end of the same cable to the same marked post (+) of the booster battery.
- Connect the second, negative (-) booster cable to the other post of the booster battery.
- Make the final negative (-) booster cable connection on the engine block of the stalled vehicle away from the battery.
- Start the booster vehicle, and let it run for a few minutes. Then attempt to start the disabled vehicle.
- Remove the cables in the reverse order of connection, being very careful not to let the booster cable clamps touch each other. Also avoid the engine fans. Electric fans may run without the engine being on.