How to jump start a Cadillac

How to jump start a Cadillac

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to jump start a Cadillac. Applicable to models such as ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR. There are two ways to jump-start a Cadillac.

You can either use a helper car to jump-start a dead Cadillac battery or use a jump box. These instructions will help you jump-start a Cadillac using both these methods.


Typical symptoms of a dead Cadillac battery include:

  • Cadillac Won't Start,
  • Vehicle engine won't turn over,
  • Click when you try to start
  • Can't unlock the car or turn on the ignition

What you will need

How to jump start a Cadillac

Turn off the ignition

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

diy instructions on how to jump start


manually open cadillac door to jump start dead battery ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR

In case your driver's door is locked, use the emergency key to unlock the driver's door. 

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.

unlock cadillac hood


Locate Battery

1995-2020 Cadillac vehicle Jump Starting Instructions

Locate the terminals where you can jump start your Cadillac. First, check if there is a RED Positive Terminal as shown in the picture. If there is use this terminal to connect the positive. If you Cadillac doesn't have a dedicated positive terminal connect directly to the (1) battery.

Determine Jump Terminals

Here is the positive terminal. Here you will connect the red clamp from your jump box or jumper cables.

instruction on how to jump start Cadillac  with dead battery


Connect Neg. Jumper Cable

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 (black clamp).

how to jump start vehicle with jumper cables


Jump Start Cadillac

If you are using a jump box, you simply need to turn it on. If you are using a helper car, connect the jumper cables to the helper car. 


Start Engine

Start the engine. If the car won't start the first time, 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.

Cadillac ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR JUMP START




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