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By YOUCANIC on May 28, 2019

How to jump start an Acura with dead battery

In this guide, you will find instruction on how to unlock the car and jump start an Acura that has a dead battery. 


Typical symptoms of a dead ACURA battery include:

  • ACURA won't Start,
  • Acura engine won't turn over,
  • Only hear a click when you try to start
  • Can't unlock the car

What you will need


Unlock driver's door

If your Acura battery is dead, you won't be able to unlock the doors with the key fob. Remove the emergency metal key from the key fob and unlock the driver's door. 

how to unlock acura to jump start it

Do not insert key in ignition yet

Do not insert key in ignition. Modern cars are very sensitive to voltage drips, and ACURA model is no exception. To avoid electrical problems, start by removing the key from the ignition. Remove the key from the helper car as well, if you are using another car to jump start your Acura.

 diy instructions on how to jump start

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.

ACURA model chassis jump start instructions

Determine the positive terminal

Here is the positive terminal on the battery. On this terminal, you will connect the red clamp from your jump box or the red clamp of the jumper cables.

instruction on how to jump start ACURA model with dead battery


Connect the negative terminal

Connect the negative to the frame of the vehicle. A strut tower bolt works well for this pupose.

jump start acura battery

You want to avoid connecting to the negative terminal whenever possible. Connecting to the negative can cause sparks and has the potential to cause a fire. 

Start engine

If you  are jump starting your Acura with a jump box then it is time to start the engine. If the engine doesn't start, but only click, check the connections. 


Jump starting Acura with another car

Connect the jumper cables to the helper car.

  1. Red clamp goes on the red battery terminal of your car and helper car. 
  2. Black clamp goes on the negative battery terminal of the helper car.
  3. Next, connect the black clamp to the frame or strut tower bolts of your car. 
  4. Start the helper car and let it idle for a couple of minutes.
  5. Start the Acura with dead battery. 


How to charge an Acura battery

The preferred method to start an Acura is to bring the battery to fully charged status using a trickle battery charger. This ensures the car battery is fully charged. It also avoid unnecessary warning lights or potential problems that arise when you jump start a car.

Charging an Acura battery with a trickle charger can take from 4 to 24 hours. You need a charger that provides anywhere from 2 amperes to 12 amperes at 12 volts. 

The instructions on this page will help owners of Acura CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend, MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX, TSX, VIGOR, ZDX jump start their car.


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