Tag: jump-starting

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did the radio in my car die because i hooked up the cables backward
Oct 26, 2012

Today: A Case for Idiot-Proof Jumper Cables

Dear Car Talk

Jonathan was helping his coworker jump start her car, but he hooked up the cables the wrong way and now her radio is fried. Tom and Ray are full of hope for Jonathan--they hope he has good insurance, and they hope that the coworker he was helping out is cute, because this is going to cost him. 

jump-starting

Dec 01, 2009

Today: A most unusual and risky way to jump-start a car.

Dear Car Talk

We had a dead battery and called for a jump-start. The service agent could not jump-start the battery with his cables. He then proceeded to turn another battery over and lay it on top of my battery. Is this a...

jump-starting

Oct 01, 2008

Do jumper cables pose a risk to modern car electronics?

Dear Car Talk

My wife heard a report on a local radio station warning people not to use jumper cables on modern cars. The guy said they could cause "unstable voltage" and damage on-board computer operations. I own a 2005 Subaru and a 2007 Ford...

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Sep 01, 2008

Can a hybrid jump-start another car?

Dear Car Talk

Can you use a hybrid vehicle to jump-start another car? Recently when my girlfriend was visiting me in Cleveland from D.C., her car wouldn't start. The first thing I tried was jump-starting it from my hybrid. Before I knew...

hybrids jump-starting

Jul 01, 2007

Roni went to jump start a car... and the battery was AWOL. What's going on?

Dear Car Talk

The other night, I came out of a function that was 99 percent women and 1 percent men (a quilt show, to answer your question). In the parking lot, two women asked if I had jumper cables, since their rental Chevy wouldn't...

jump-starting

Jul 01, 2007

Find out why you might want to take a pass on one, new type of jumper cable.

Dear Car Talk

My wife, who must be obeyed, has brought home a device to replace her car's regular emergency-jumper cables (which are still in pristine condition). The device she purchased connects from her car's cigarette lighter to the cigarette lighter of a...

jump-starting

Apr 01, 2007

Is revving the engine a good idea during a jump-start? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

My boyfriend insists on revving the engine when he's performing a jump-start. He revs the good car when he starts it up, and then revs the bad car when he starts it up. Is there any reason for doing this...

jump-starting

Apr 01, 2002

Am I right to avoid battery chargers & jumpers that plug in to my car's cigarette lighter?

Dear Car Talk

I continue to see ads for battery chargers and battery jumpers that operate through cars' cigarette lighters instead of the battery terminals I have never tried one because I'm concerned that too many amps would be flowing through the lighter...

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Jan 01, 2002

Am I a jerk for refusing to jump-start another vehicle?

Dear Car Talk

Following the advice of my mechanic I recently refused to give someone a jump-start for fear of racking up another bill for a new alternator Was I a bad Samaritan or was I justified in leaving this guy stranded --...

batteries jump-starting

Dec 01, 2001

Using a 50 cent piece to hotwire a car?

Dear Car Talk

In the s and ' s I spent a fair amount of time in Ford V- s with my friend Herb Johnson When one of these Fords wouldn't start because of a low battery combined with a Minnesota winter morning...

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