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What is the proper order of removing or putting back the cable connections for the battery?
 

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Remove negative
Remove positive
Replace positive
Replace negative
 

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rangerbob said:
Remove negative
Remove positive
Replace positive
Replace negative
I thought you want to disconnect the power first then ground it before trying to re-connect the positive so the circuit is already grounded/looped? The way you have it would make it an early Fourth of July.

Remove positive (no power output to system)
Remove negative
Replace negative (complete ground so no chance of sparks)
Replace positive
 

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incorrect savanna, ranger bob is right, it is a safety thing. if you hit the body with your wrench on the positive while the negative connected you will arc-weld it to the body and possibly explode the battery.
 

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I connect jumper cables as follows:

Dead vehicle negative
Dead vehicle positive
Live vehicle negative
Live vehicle positive


Once you've jumped the vehicle - remove in reverse order.
 

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I believe it's
dead vehicle neg
dead vehicle pos
live vehicle pos
live vehicle neg
and don't use the neg. terminal on the battery ,use a vehicle ground, that way no sparks near the battery incase of hydr. gas so no big boom!
 

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I've had the live vehicle actually die and refuse to start if you connect the positive before the negative. This is why I connect the negative first.



The current returned through the ground and killed the live vehicle.
 

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The procedure is simple:

Connect the positive (+) clamp to the positive terminal of the healthy battery and the other positive clamp to the corresponding terminal of the dead battery.

Next, the negative (-), or ground, terminal on the good battery and, finally, the negative clamp to the engine block, frame or other grounded metal as far as possible from the battery. You want to avoid sparks in the vicinity of the explosive hydrogen gas that emits from the battery. Do not connect it to the ground terminal (negative).
 

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I'll keep doing it my way - thanks.
 

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I dont start the good car until all the cables are connected. I've even jumped a Civic off just my Optima Redtop with no ill effects on my starting ability.
 
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