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First jump start experience...

I had to jump start another Jeep yesterday (a WK) and had mixed results. The other jeep would turn over a little but give up and not start with my end of the cables connected to the posts in the engine area. I have pretty thick cables and have not had an issue jump starting others before. So I tried going straight to the battery - a little cumbersome but easy enough- and that did the trick right away, first try.

Wonder if the engine bay posts (labeled with a little jumper cable diagram, as in place positive cable here and so on) are meant more for the "jumpee" rather than the "jumper"?
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:18 PM
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Re: First jump start experience...

How did you open battery cover under the seat? I tried but it wouldn't open and I didn't want to apply too much force.
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Re: First jump start experience...

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I had to jump start another Jeep yesterday (a WK) and had mixed results. The other jeep would turn over a little but give up and not start with my end of the cables connected to the posts in the engine area. I have pretty thick cables and have not had an issue jump starting others before. So I tried going straight to the battery - a little cumbersome but easy enough- and that did the trick right away, first try.

Wonder if the engine bay posts (labeled with a little jumper cable diagram, as in place positive cable here and so on) are meant more for the "jumpee" rather than the "jumper"?
nope, it'll work there too, the posts are for everything just like the battery would be there.
i know you guys are not used to battery location but since 1996 i've had always had it either in the trunk or under rear seat, always with terminals in the engine bay, all worked the same and meant to work the same, there's no "jumpee" as you put it..
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:21 PM
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Re: First jump start experience...

Seems a bit odd as the wiring looks pretty robust up to the engine bay posts. It should be drawing at or near full battery power? Maybe the dead vehicle needed a bit more juice and the actual battery hookup was fourth or fifth cumulative try?

I was skeptical at first of the passenger seat battery compartment, but overall, it looks really well done.
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Re: First jump start experience...

I jumped a WK the first week I had mine. No problems other than the connections are on opposite sides from one another.
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Re: First jump start experience...

Hmmm....sounds like his battery was just real dead, and the fifth time trying to jump start was the charm. Probably just coincidence that it worked when i went direct to the battery.

Joe, the battery cover let's go with a little bit of effort (and a "pop") but it seems to go back in ok.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:38 PM
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Re: First jump start experience...

If the battery is really dead, you need to let it charge a bit before you try to jump start it. Doesn't have anything to do with the posts or their location.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:28 PM
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I was skeptical at first of the passenger seat battery compartment, but overall, it looks really well done.
Moosehead did you get your jeep? If so id love to see a pic with those mopar wheels on.
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