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Old 01-17-2003, 01:25 AM
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Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Kingston, Ont.
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car boosting and cabling

a friend left a message i belatedly received asking for a boost (i was not home) but got me thinking about how risky it is for me to boost another car, which in this case the car i would be boosting is a terrible heap of ***** that this guy is constantly having problems with, so is car boosting using cables completely safe if done right?, i.e., putting the right cable on the right post

i talked to the guy later and he said he got it going, but the person boosting it had to "rev" their engine to push more electrical power to his dead this correct, do you rev the engine to create more electricity...

i just get a bad vibe thinking about this...what is the "right" way to boost a car, precautions, certain boost situations to decline, etc.? advice?
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Old 01-17-2003, 04:49 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Victoria BC
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I think I read somewhere that you can void a new car warranty by boosting someone. I know that the local cab companies won't do it anymore. I once loaned my Passat to a friend who in turn boosted a BMW 325, unfortunatly they got it wrong, killed his dash instuments and my Battery.

As I side note, I see you are from Canada, have you seen the new booster cables from Canadian Tire, they are idiot proof, you cannot hook them up wrong, they have no colour codes, but some of gizmo in the middle that sorts out the current.
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