Any notes or suggestions?
Any notes or suggestions?
Don't do it would be my thought. Call AAA.
I suggest reading the manual. The instructions are on pages 10-80 and 10-81 (Online manual, printing B).
Rusty is absolutely correct (read below). I did this too quickly, and didn't read carefully which section I was in.
Correct pages are10-82 - 10-84 for your question.
Last edited by MichaelH; 04-07-2011 at 07:17 PM.
I once tried to jump a vehicle with my Highlander Hybrid. Nothing happened [Note that it was warm outside and ICE wasn't running. Outcome might have been different if ICE had been on because it was cold outside] Having jumped many a vehicle in my old days back up North, I had much experience with this. When the other car won't start, you gun the engine to raise the voltage output of your alternator. This happens a lot. If a battery is dead enough, it seems like 12 volts just doesn't cut it. Since you can't gun the engine of an electric vehicle sitting at rest, your chances of success are significantly reduced. I don't have my Volt yet, but my past experience has taught me that the Volt might suffer the same issue as my Highlander Hybrid did. It may indeed have a 12v connection, but that doesn't mean you can get another car started with it.
And most embarrassing would be to offer up your Volt for a jump start and then find that your electric vehicle doesn't provide enough electricity to start another car. Frustrated people (with dead batteries) probably won't be left with a good impression and no amount of explanation will work at that point. I personally would avoid any chance at bad press and say, 'Sorry, my vehicle is too cutting edge to help resolve a problem inherently associated with antiquated technology.' Yeah, it may sound snobbish, but it would be better than having you try and fail- only to have a beat up old '69 Plymouth complete the jump start after you leave.
Last edited by flmark; 04-07-2011 at 06:04 PM.
Using my Volt to jump another vehicle ... will not happen ..... then again we don't do it often in South Florida.
Steve in Boca Raton #313
I have jumped a Highlander Hybrid with my Prius. Just be sure to use the correct terminals as outlined in the Owner's Manual. Old Man-u-al usually knows how to do things correctly. If I were to use the Volt, I'd probably connect to the 12-volt battery directly and leave the hood closed. But I won't be carrying jumper cables any time soon.
Today I got 37.2 miles in CD mode, then 1 mile in CS mode to get to the house. Now at a lifetime 1.2 gallons / 100 miles consumption of (mostly) imported liquid fuel.
The oners manual says you can and tels how to do it.
What most instructions don't tell you about jump starting, is that it helps to wait a miute or so for the battery in the car being jumped to absorb som energy so it can help start the car rather than be absorbing energy that you while you are trying to start. The most common problems are getting a good connection and having good jumper cables.
It was at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA where I was asked by a chef (who seemed to have had this problem before) for a jump start. With his car located perfectly next to the valet lot, it was easy to drive the back of the Volt in front of his car. We hooked his cables up to the battery connections under the rear hatch (never the hood area when starting another vehicle) and it worked perfectly. I remembered the manual and started the Volt before he attempted to start. (When the Volt is powered on, the 12 volt battery is being charged.)
The manual is very specific about what to turn off (everything) and the order the wires are supposed to be hooked up. Follow the instructions perfectly and you can help someone who has a rundown battery. If you don't follow the instructions and turn everything off, then repairs will not be covered by the warranty. Also, only attempt to jump start a 12 volt negative ground vehicle.
Earlier, I could not use the ChargePoint charge station at Fashion Island because I didn't have a ChargePoint card. How amusing to be asked to "charge" someone else's car later in the day!
Hi, Guys and Gals
I'm pretty sure some of you know, how it feels being suck waiting for a good soul to stop and give out a helping hand, or fork out cash for a tow truck to get a boost or even worse getting it towed. I like to be prepared or offer some assistance. I carry a Battery pack with me in the trunk, it helped out many times. it comes with a fool proof circuit that tells you which way the power is flowing. I don't have a Volt yet, waiting for it to arrive in my area.
I'm driving a 2000 Pontiac grand am and live in Toronto, Canada. ( Big upgrade).