Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Jump Starting Precautions

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  1. Be sure that both batteries are of the same voltage. Vehicles covered by this guide and most vehicles on the road today utilize a 12 volt charging system.
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  3. Be sure that both batteries are of the same polarity (have the same ground terminal-in most cases, this is the NEGATIVE terminal).
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  5. Be sure that the vehicles are not touching, since a short circuit could occur.
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  7. On serviceable batteries, be sure the vent cap holes are not obstructed.
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  9. Do not smoke or allow sparks anywhere near the batteries.
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  11. In cold weather, make sure the battery electrolyte is not frozen. This can occur more readily in a battery that has been in a state of discharge.
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  13. Do not allow electrolyte to contact your skin or clothing.
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