The Classic Collector
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Northern California
Originally posted by Petrovich
And fer christ's sake, put that cat back in there. A gallon of synthetic oil can give you 5 times more hp than a straight pipe ever will. And it won't kill any kittens in the process.
Originally Posted by davidmayernik
proper procedure for jump-starting a car is to:
turn both cars off.
apply the red clamp to the negative post on the car that needs to be jumped.
apply other red clamp to the negative post on the jumper.
then, the black clamp on the "jumpee", and then the other black clamp on the jumper.
wait a few seconds...
start the jumper.
wait a few seconds...
start the jumpee. if the car does not start within 3 seconds of cranking, release the key, wait 3 seconds, then try again. if you dont have it by, say, 5 attempts, call a tow-truck.
keep in mind that while a battery is charging, or (i've heard) when the car is running. its releasing hydrogen into the atmosphere. wanna know what happens when hydrogen ignites? Click Here!
do not attempt to attach the cables while either car is running. make sure that all clamps have good contact with the terminals before starting any vehicle. make sure the clamps are not in contact with each other, or any other metal.
this is how i was taught, and i've never done wrong by it.
as for the sparks, they could be igniting some sort of build-up, or possibly out-gassing hydrogen. having seen what happens when a car battery explodes, let me congratulate you on being alive. hope that answers all your questions.
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