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Jump Start Chevrolet Dead Battery

This guide provides instructions on how to jump-start a Chevrolet vehicle.

 Jump Start Chevrolet Dead Battery
ESTIMATED TIME 15 min
DIY COST
DIFFICULTY Hard

 

Symptoms

Typical symptoms of a dead Chevrolet battery include:

  • Engine won't start
  • The engine struggles to turn over
  • You hear a click when you try to start your Chevy

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Remove the metal key from the key fob and use it to unlock the driver's door.unlock drivers door

     

  2. Remove the key from the ignition of both cars. To avoid electrical problems, turn off the ignition. diy instructions on how to jump start
  3. 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.

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  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal. instruction on how to jump start Chevrolet  with dead battery

  5. Connect the other red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the car with a good battery.  Connect the black clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the car with a good battery. jump start dead battery

     

  6. Lastly, connect the other black clamps to a strut tower bolt, ground point, or engine block of the car with a dead battery. 
  7. Start the car with a good battery and let it idle. 
  8. Start the engine. If the car doesn't start the first time, check the clamps to make sure they are making good contact.Chevrolet  Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche etc. JUMP START

If your Chevrolet refuses to start, let the jumper cables be connected for at least ten minutes and try again.

When you start your Chevy, there is a high chance that a warning message will show on the Driver Information Center (DIC). Keep your Chevrolet running for at least thirty minutes or more 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.

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Notes

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes

 

  • Charge the battery fully then test it with a battery tester. For more help follow this guide. Check the battery date sticker on the top or side of battery. Most car batteries last between three to five years.
  • During charging and jump-starting, explosive gases can escape from the battery. There is a risk of an explosion. Particularly avoid fire, open flames, creating sparks, and smoking. Ensure there is sufficient ventilation while charging and jump-starting. Do not lean over a battery.
  • Make sure that the positive terminal of a connected battery does not come into contact with vehicle parts. Never place metal objects or tools on a battery. It is important that you observe the described order of the battery terminals when connecting and disconnecting a battery. 
  • When jump-starting, make sure that the battery poles with identical polarity are connected. It is particularly important to observe the described order when connecting and disconnecting the jumper cables. Never connect or disconnect the battery terminals while the engine is running
  • Make sure the jumper cables are not damaged or wires are exposed. 
  • The jumper cables should not contact the parts that can move when the engine is running, such as the V-belt pulley or the fan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get into the trunk, if you have a dead battery

  • Use the emergency key blade found inside your key fob to manually unlock the trunk. 

How to charge a dead battery

  • By trickle charging a dead battery, you have a better chance of bringing the battery back to life. Otherwise, your battery may no longer hold a proper charge. 
  • Use the OEM 12 Volt Battery Charger or even the cheaper Black+Decker BBM3B 12V Battery Charger Maintainer, which works just as well.
  • It will take at least 24 hours to bring a completely dead battery back to life. You are only providing 2 Amperes to the battery, which is a slow charge but ensures no damage is caused to the battery cells. 

My car battery keeps dying

  • If your battery keeps on dying or is not holding a proper charge, it could be due to any of the following:  
    • Battery age / old battery
    • Corroded or loose battery connections
    • Parasitic current drains in the electrical system.