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Old 05-13-2003, 05:29 PM
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How to jump-start a car using a battery charger's jump-start capability.

Dear friends:

My battery charger has a 100 Ampere jump start feature. In the past, whenever I wanted to jump-start my gasoline cars using this capability of my battery charger, I just connected the + and -
cables from the battery charger to the discharged battery's electrodes WITHOUT disconnecting the battery cables from the battery's electrodes. However, Haynes manual for 240D says that I have to completely remove the battery cables from the battery's electrodes first and then connect the cables from a battery charger to the battery cables in order to jump-start a car using a battery charger. Otherwise, it will cause damage to a car's electrical system.

So which is the best and safest way to jump-start a car using a battery charger's jump-start capability?

For a diesel car with glow plugs (e.g. a 240D), will jump-starting a car using a battery charger (with 100 A jump-start capability) cause damage to the glow plugs' inner heating elements?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Eric
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Old 05-13-2003, 05:42 PM
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well... I don't have a deisel engine but, here's what I have done over the past winter when the battery would drain on the 190e: Don't remove battery terminals, hook batt tender cable up to + terminal then hook - up to engine block. Then plug in charger. Usually I'd set it on high for just a minute or two then unplug the beast take off the leads to batt/engine and try to fire it up. Never took too long hasn't had any deleterious effect on the car so far, but don't know about the diesel question you posed.

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Old 05-13-2003, 05:45 PM
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your owner's manual for the car should cover this though, doesn't it?
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