11-01-2011, 04:53 PM
Is there a feed from the 12-Volt battery under the hood somewhere?
I see a ground but with the battery in the back end it could be a challenge to wire up accessories.
11-01-2011, 05:01 PM
There is a Ground terminal on the drivers side and a covered positive terminal close by. As I recall, these can be used to get a jump but to give a jump use the terminals on the battery in back. Refer to the manual.
11-01-2011, 06:00 PM
Thanks must have overlooked the covered positive lead.
I will look again!
11-01-2011, 06:49 PM
AZ, Re: Terminals underhood. See manual as there is even a picture in the jump starting section!
There is a Ground terminal on the drivers side and a covered positive terminal close by. As I recall, these can be used to give a jump but to receive a jump use the terminals on the battery in back. Refer to the manual.
If I understood your sentence then it is the opposite. Thought I should correct in case the above sticks in someones head and they don't open the manual.
"To jump start the Volt use the underhood remote positive (+) and negative (−) terminals."
To jump start another vehicle from the Volt "with a run‐down battery, jumper cables are connected directly to the positive (+) and negative (−) terminals on the 12‐volt battery in the rear cargo area." (I think in this case, there is a lot of draw when the other vehicle is controlling the load/start/key_turning. Heck it could be a big V8 even ... and what if in the winter!!)
11-01-2011, 07:25 PM
Yes, thanks for the correction, Scott. RTFM, haha.
11-01-2011, 07:28 PM
Just remember if you attach to these battery points that you fuse everything properly and use the proper gauge wire for your loads.
11-02-2011, 09:29 AM
You use strange words!
11-02-2011, 09:56 AM
Scott, this has been an issue from the beginning, "Would I ever use the Volt to jump start another vehicle?" I had an opportunity to need to answer this for myself this week. Something got left on (probably a GPS in my12V power tap) in my 2000 Jeep Cherokee. I got in the vehicle to run an errand more suitable to the Jeep than the Volt, turned the key and "nothing." So I got out and walked around the back, started to pass by the Volt and paused for a moment. I looked at he Volt, I looked at the Cherokee, realized I didn't have any other vehicle to use, I looked back at the Volt, and then I said, "Nah," went in the house, got the battery charger, hooked up the Jeep, and got in the Volt to run my errand.
Bottom line: for me, for now, don't want to use it to jump a different vehicle, even my own in a fairly controlled situation.
11-02-2011, 11:24 AM
Scott, this has been an issue from the beginning, "Would I ever use the Volt to jump start another vehicle?" <snip> Bottom line: for me, for now, don't want to use it to jump a different vehicle, even my own in a fairly controlled situation.
Hmm...I find this odd. It is just a 12v system in the Volt like another other car except in how the 12v battery is charge/maintained. The 12v battery can also get juice from the DC-to-DC 360v battery to keep the 12v system. That can be a lot of cranking from a dead SUV with a V8 in the winter. In a normal jump the source car usually is running the ICE and often with someone sitting on the pedal to send the RPMs up to 1500 or something so the alternator helps the 12v system (vs the 360v battery helping the 12v system in the Volt.)