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How To Jumpstart 1998-2005 VW Volkswagen Beetle

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How To Jumpstart 1998-2005 VW Volkswagen Beetle

Created on: 2014-09-17

This video will show you how to jumpstart a 98-05 VW Beetle with a charger or another vehicle's battery

  1. step 1 :Jump Starting the Vehicle
    • Unclip the battery cover
    • Lift up the battery cable
    • If necessary, connect the battery to a charger for 10 to 15 minutes
    • Connect the positive cable to the positive battery terminal
    • Connect the negative cable to the body of the vehicle
    • To jump from a working battery, connect the positive cable to the positive battery terminal of the working car
    • Connect the negative cable to the negative battery terminal of the working car
    • Start the vehicle

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We're going to jump start this 2003 Beetle. The biggest thing people are going to want to know is, Where is the battery?"� You squeeze these two clamps here, lift this up and there's your battery. This car has been sitting a while so it's pretty dead. We'll hook our cables up to it first with a good connection right on the positive host here. Hook it on. Make sure it's on there well. This is going to rest against it so make sure it stays. Then, with my negative cable, I'm going to here and put it on the body of the car. I'm going to put it on and then we're going to scratch into the paint a little bit to make sure it gets a good ground. We're using a battery charger here. This car is very dead so we're actually going to let the charger charge for probably 10 or 15 minutes then come back, put the charger on engine start and start it up. Obviously, if you're using cables, red to the positive, black to the negative. Hook them up the same way to the live car. If your battery is very dead, then you'll want to probably let the car run, charge the battery and the dead car for . sometimes you can do it for as long as 10 or 15 minutes or start it, try it right away and maybe it starts.

We let the vehicle charge and I actually tested it out. With the negative cable hooked up to the frame, it basically just wasn't getting enough volts and amps through. There's all kinds of warnings all over everything. It's on the battery. It's on here. Don't hook up your positive to the positive cable, your negative to the negative cable. They always want your negative somewhere else. It's just not working in this case. The reason they want you to do that is they want you to avoid sparks because batteries can give off gases and then if it sparks, you can actually blow up the battery.

We were basically forced to do this to get enough charge into the vehicle. If you have to do this, the biggest thing is make sure you have your hoods open, plenty of air going around and there's no ability for gases just to sit there and then as you're connecting it, make sure there's no power going through the cables so that you don't create a spark. We've been charging the car for actually a couple of hours now. Now we've got our system set on engine start so it should start up.

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  • Jumper Cables


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