How to Jump Start a Hybrid: A Step-by-Step Guide

December 15th, 2018 by

Charging battery car with electricity trough jumper cables
For all the new technology they bring, most hybrids incorporate a standard 12-volt car battery. This means a hybrid vehicle is susceptible to the same issues a gas powered car and you may find yourself needing to jump start your hybrid.

Find out how to jump-start your hybrid vehicle so you won’t be stranded on the streets of O'fallon below.

Steps to Jump Start a Hybrid

Jumping a hybrid is not that different from jumping a gas powered vehicle. Some simple adjustments to the standard jump start procedure will have you back on your way to Caseyville in no time.

  • Have the car with the good battery park facing the other vehicle, then make sure that vehicle is turned off. Check to make sure both parking brakes are engaged.
  • Open the hood and find the plastic fuse block cover. Remove the cover to expose the jump start terminal under it.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals and make sure they are free from any corrosion.
  • Clamp the positive lead of your jumper cables to the positive terminal of your hybrid. Then connect other positive lead to the corresponding terminal of the vehicle the car with the good battery.
  • Clamp the negative lead of your jumper cables to the negative terminal of the car delivering the jump.
  • For the final negative clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame away from any moving parts.
  • Start the vehicle providing the jump and let it run for five minutes. Check your hybrid for a “Ready” light to indicate it is charged.
  • Double check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle has a different indicator.

If you don’t have another vehicle available or lack the mechanical aptitude, you can also call a jumpstarting service like AAA.

Additional Battery Tips

If you have followed these steps and your vehicle still won’t start, you might need a new battery or there could be another issue. Some quick things to check, include:

  • If you only hear a clicking sound when you try a start your vehicle that could be an indication it is time for a new battery.
  • If the engine fails to turn over despite the electrical system turning on, there could be several issues. At that point, a visit to a service center in order to diagnose the problem. Some typical issues include the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse.

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If you need to replace your battery or have another issue with your hybrid, you can rely on the certified technicians at Auffenberg Dealer Group. Browse our service specials available today in O'Fallon.

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