How to jump start Chevrolet vehicles

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to jump-start a Chevrolet vehicle. 


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


Turn off the ignition

Remove key from the ignition. Modern cars are very sensitive to voltage and Chevrolet are 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.

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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.


Locate Terminals

Locate the terminals where you can jump start your Chevrolet in the engine bay. The positive will have a red cap with the + symbol on top. 

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Connect Positive

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. 

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Connect Negative Cable

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 (-).

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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.

The red clamp goes on the red battery terminal. The black clamp goes on the negative battery terminal of the helper car. Start the helper car and let it idle for a couple of minutes.

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.

If your Chevrolet refuses to start, let the jumper cables connected for at least 10 minutes and try again.

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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 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. 


By YOUCANIC on Jul 4, 2019


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