Can’t start your Chevrolet due to a dead battery? Learn how to fix it by following the procedures below.
This method will not only bring your Chevrolet battery back to life and allow you to start the engine but also ensure that the longevity of your battery is not impacted, which may be a fire risk. Do not leave the vehicle unattended.
What you will need
A 12 Volt Smart Trickle Charger is needed to charge the battery. Must supply at least 2A at 12 volts. A higher ampere rating is OK, but you want to charge the battery as slowly as possible to avoid causing damage to the cells.
- Park the Chevrolet and set the parking brake. Remove the key from the ignition or keep it away from the car if you have a proximity key.
- Open the hood of your Chevrolet by pulling the hood release under the dashboard. Once you hear the hood pop open, you can stop pulling on the cable. Move the front of the vehicle and lift the hood.
- Locate the battery. Some Chevrolet has a plastic cover on top of the battery. Remove the slips or screws that hold the cover in place.
- You can also use the POSITIVE jump-starting terminal to charge the battery. It is required to charge the battery from this post in newer Chevrolet vehicles.
- Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal (+).
- Use a 10mm wrench and disconnect the negative battery terminal.
- Connect the black clamp to the battery terminal’s negative (-) post.
- Use a 12-volt car battery charger to charge the main battery. Allow the battery to charge for a few hours. Monitor the vehicle for the first couple of hours, and do not leave the vehicle unattended. If the battery overheats during charging, disconnect the charger.
These instructions apply to Chevrolet vehicles such as
- City Express
- Trax, Equinox
Can I charge the battery by leaving the car running?
It is possible to jump-start your Chevrolet with a jump box or another car and let it run for 30 min or more. This method can have an impact on the life of the battery. Jump-starting a Chevy with a dead battery can trigger low-voltage fault codes in various modules.
We hope you find the “Chevrolet Charge Dead Battery” guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Chevy vehicle.
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