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Toyota Camry Jump Start Dead Battery

Step-by-step procedure on how to jump-start the battery on a 2012-2017 Toyota Camry XV50.

 Toyota Camry Jump Start Dead Battery
ESTIMATED TIME 5 - 10 mins

What you will need


  1. Unlock the vehicle; if the battery is dead. Use the metal key to unlock the car manually. See the step-by-step procedure on how to unlock the car manually.Unlocking the vehicle manually.


  2. Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard, go to the vehicle's front, unlock the hood latch and pull the hood up until the hood struts are in hold position.

    Sliding the tab to unlock the hood latch.


    Opened hood of the Toyota Camry 2012.
  3. Locate the battery on the driver's side of the engine compartment. Pull off the positive terminal cover. The Positive "+" terminal is the one with a red cover while the negative "-" terminal has a black cover.

    The Battery of the 2012 Toyota Camry.


  4. Check first if the terminals are loose. This could be the reason why the vehicle won't start. If the battery is completely dead, It is recommended to charge the battery for a while to prevent overworking the alternator.

    Check the terminals if loose


  5. Get the jumper cables or jump box.

    Getting the jumper cables.


  6. Connect the red jumper cable to the positive terminal of the battery.

    Connecting the red jumper cable to the positive terminal.


  7. Connect the black jumper cable to the ground terminal of the vehicle.The strut bolt is a good ground for doing this procedure.

    Connecting the black cable to the ground terminal of the vehicle


  8. Connect the other side of the jumper cables to the running vehicle. Make sure to connect the wires to the proper terminals.

    Dead battery


  9. Wait for a few minutes and let the battery charge.

  10. Start the vehicle. 


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  • 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.

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes


Toyota Camry Jump Start Dead Battery Step-by-step procedure on how to jump-start the battery on a 2012-2017 Toyota Camry XV50.