How to jump start Chevrolet vehicles

How to jump start Chevrolet vehicles

Updated Thursday Apr 19, 2018

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to jump-start a Chevrolet vehicle. There are two ways to jump-start a Chevrolet. You can use another car to jump-start a dead Chevrolet battery or use a jump box. In this guide, you will find instructions on how to jump-start a Chevrolet using both these methods.


Typical symptoms of a dead Chevrolet battery include:

  • Chevrolet Won't Start,
  • Vehicle engine won't turn over,
  • Click when you try to start

What you will need



Step 1: Turn off the ignition

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Remove key from the ignition. Modern cars are very sensitive to voltage and Chevrolet is no exception. To avoid electrical problems, start by removing the key from the ignition.

If you are not able to unlock the doors with the remote, remove the metal key from the key fob and use it to unlock the driver's door.

Step 2: Open Hood

Open the hood. Locate the hood release underneath the dash. Pull the lever until you hear the hood pop open. Next, you need to release the hood safety latch at the front of the hood.

Step 3: Locate Battery

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Locate the terinals where you can jump start your Chevrolet .

Step 4: Determine Jump Terminals

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When jump-starting a Chevrolet use the jump starting terminal if your car has one. This would be the dedicated positive post with a red cap on top, as shown in the picture. If there is a jump starting terminal you should use battery positive post. Connect the red clamp from your jumper cables or jump starter to the positive (+) terminal. 

Step 5: Connect Neg. Jumper Cable

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Next, you need to connect the negative jumper cable (black clamp). Here is one place where you can connect to the negative terminal. A bolt on the strut tower or any bare metal can also be used to connect the negative cable (-).

Step 6: Jump Start your Chevrolet

Now you are almost ready to jump-start your car. If you are using a jump box, you simply need to make sure it is turned on. The other option is to jump start your Chevrolet with the help of another car.

Connect the jumper cables to the helper car. Red clamp goes on the red battery termnial. Black clamp goe son the negative battery terminal of the helper car. Start the helper car and let it idle for a couple of minutes.

Step 6: Start Engine

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Start the engine. If the car won't start the first time, check the clamps to make sure they are making good contact. If your Chevrolet refuses to start, let the jumper cables connected for at least 10 minutes and try again.

When you start your Chevrolet there is a high chance that one of the following messages will show on the Driver Information Center (DIC). Keep your Chevrolet running for at least 30 minutes or more in order to reset these warning messages. 

Battery Saver Active 

If this message displays the vehicle turns off some features such as heated seats and power features to allow the battery to charge. 

Low Battery 

A low battery warning may display on the instrument cluster when you first start the car. 



Important notes to keep in mind when jump starting a car. 

  • If the car doesn't start or you hear a click, it means the clamps are not making good contact. Or the battery is so discharged, that it needs more juice. Check the clamps to make sure they are making good contact. 
  • When a helper car is being used, let the helper car charge your car battery for at least 15 minutes. Stay close to the vehicle and monitor the dead battery. If the dead battery starts to feel too hot, disconnect the jumper cables immediately. 
  • Once you get your car started do not turn it off right away. Drive it for let it idle for at least 30 minutes or more. If you turn the car off right away, it may need a jump start again. 
  • If your car battery is over 7 years old, it may need to be replaced. Especially if it is no longer holding a charge. 
  • Low voltage due to a dead battery can set various fault codes in modern vehicles. For exmaple, the airbag light may stay on after you jump start the car.