Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

JUMP STARTING A DEAD BATTERY

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Whenever a vehicle must be jump started, precautions must be followed in order to prevent the possibility of personal injury. Remember that batteries contain a small amount of explosive hydrogen gas which is a by-product of battery charging. Sparks should always be avoided when working around batteries, especially when attaching jumper cables. To minimize the possibility of accidental sparks, follow the procedure carefully.


WARNING
NEVER hook the batteries up in a series circuit or the entire electrical system may go up in smoke, including the starter!



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Fig. Fig. 1: Connect the jumper cables to the batteries and engine in the order shown

 
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