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In this guide, you will find instructions on how to jump-start a Cadillac. These instructions apply to various models, including CTS, SRX, Deville, XT4, Escalade, ATS, XT5, T6, etc. 

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What you will need


  1. Remove the emergency key from the keyfob and use it to unlock the driver's door. The keyhole in the driver's door may be covered. Pry the cover off to unlock the door. 

    manually open cadillac door to jump start dead battery ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR
  2. For now, remove the key from the ignition.  diy instructions on how to jump start

  3. Pull the hood release located under the dashboard. 

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  4. Go to the front of the vehicle. Slide your hand under the hood and push the hood release.unlock cadillac hood
  5. Lift the hood and ensure it stays open when applicable; uses the prop rod to keep the hood open. 
  6. Locate the battery in the engine bay. 
  7. Connect one of the red (positive +) jumper cables to the positive battery terminal or the jump-start terminal. instruction on how to jump start Cadillac  with dead battery
    Cadillac jump start terminal
    Jump Start Positive Terminal - To be used instead of battery +.
  8. Connect the other end of the red (+) clamp to the helper car's positive terminal. 
  9. Connect the black negative (-) clamp on the negative terminal of the helper car. 
  10. Lastly, connect the other black (negative -) clamp to the engine or a strut tower bolt. 
  11. Start the helper car and let it idle. Cadillac ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR JUMP START
  12. Try starting your Cadillac. If you have a Start/Stop button, push the button with the keyfob. 

If the car won't start, but you hear a click, check the clamps to make sure they are making good contact.

Let the jump box or helper car charge your dead battery for at least 10 minutes and try again.

Applicable to models such as the ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, and XLR. There are two ways to jump-start a Cadillac.


Typical symptoms of a dead Cadillac battery include:

  • Cadillac won't start or is completely dead.
  • Vehicle engine won't turn over,
  • You hear a click when you try to start the car.
  • Can't unlock the car or turn on the ignition