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Connecting a Slave Battery Using Jumper Cables

WARNING: If the slave battery has recently been charged and is gassing, cover the vent plugs or covers with a damp cloth to reduce the risk of explosion should arcing occur when connecting the jumper cables.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.

CAUTIONS:

A discharged battery condition may have been caused by an electrical short circuit.

If this condition exists there will be an apparently live circuit on the vehicle even when all normal circuits are switched off.

This can cause arcing when the jumper cables are connected.

While it is not recommended that the vehicle is jump started, it is recognized that this may occasionally be the only practical way to mobilize a vehicle. In such an instance, the discharged battery must be recharged immediately after jump starting to avoid permanent damage.

  • Always make sure that the jumper cables are adequate for the task. Heavy duty cables must be used.
  • Always make sure that the slave battery is of the same voltage as the vehicle battery. The batteries must be connected in parallel.
  • Always make sure that switched electric circuits are switched off before connecting jumper cables. This reduces the risk of arcing occurring when the final connection is made.
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