How to Jump Start an Other Vehicles

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

When you have to jump start a Truck other whether it be a large trailer, a moving Truck other or even just a large SUV or pickup Truck other the process is slightly different. You generally won't have much success jump starting a large Truck other using a small compact car because the Truck other is less powerful. If you keep the right tools on you at all times and know the logical steps for getting your Truck other started back up in case of a drained Truck other this very common automobile annoyance won't be too much trouble for you in the future.

Under The Hood:

 How to Jump Start an ATV

Park the donor ATV (the one that will be used for power) next to the non-running ATV. Turn the Donor ATV's engine off.

Remove the seats of both ATVs. Pull up on the lever between the seat cushion and the body of the ATV, then pull the seat cushion up. Set the seat to the side. Notice that the battery lies under where the seat was.

Pull back the plastic covers that protect the terminals on the batteries for both the donor and non-running ATVs.

Clamp the positive jumper cable connectors on the positive terminal (indicated by a plus-sign) of both the donor and non-running ATV batteries.

Clamp the negative jumper cable connectors on the negative terminal (indicated by a minus-sign) of the donor and non-running ATV batteries.

Turn the non-running ATV's ignition to the "On" position. Press and hold the "Start" button until the ATV is running.

Remove the negative jumper cables from both ATVs' batteries. Remove the positive jumper cables from both ATVs' batteries.

Pull the plastic protectors back over the battery terminals on both ATVs and replace the seats on both ATVs, making certain the seats click into place.

Items you will need

  • Jumper cables

  • Donor ATV

 How to Jump Start a Truck Battery

Ask someone with another large truck or van to give you a jump start; preferably a vehicle that is bigger than yours. This is because most trucks and vans have more powerful batteries as compared to cars.

Park the other truck facing and adjacent to your truck so that the two batteries are closest to each other. If you can't, most jumper cables are long enough to accommodate two trucks that are parked right next to each other.

Turn off the other truck and remove the keys from both trucks. Grab your jumper cables (with your rubber gloves on, if possible) and connect the positive (red) side of one of the connectors to the red side of your truck battery. Then connect the negative (black) side to the other side of the battery. The red and black sides of the battery are usually designated by color or with a positive or negative sign.

While assuring that you keep the other two connectors completely separated, bring them over to the other truck and do the same thing (red to red/positive side and black to black/negative side).

Have the other truck owner get in and start his truck up. Allow the truck to run for a few minutes, and then have the other truck owner rev the engine a few times.

Get in your truck and start it up.

Purchase a truck battery charger. Make sure that the product specifically states "truck" as some chargers don't come with enough power to give a truck a jump start. You can get these at your local auto parts store, at a trucking service station, or online. Remove the keys from the truck.

Connect the positive connection to the red side of your truck battery, then the negative side. Turn on the battery charger and allow it to charge up for a few minutes.

Ask a friend to hold the battery charger up so that it won't fall from its position. Get into the truck and start it up.


Items you will need

  • Jumper cables

  • Truck battery charger

  • Rubber gloves

 How to Jump Start a Semi

Put on your safety glasses or goggles.

Identify the starter terminals of your vehicle. If there is any dust or rust, ensure that is cleaned before connecting any cable.

Turn off all electrical utilities such as the radio or video player in your vehicle before you connect the cable to your vehicle. Make sure the vehicle ignition is off.

Connect the end of "+" (positive) of the cable to "+" (positive) terminal of semi truck's battery.

If using a second vehicle, attach the other "+" (positive) end of the cable, to the "+" (positive) terminal of the secondary battery. Then attach one end of "--"(negative) cable to "--"(negative) terminal of the secondary battery.

In the engine compartment of the semi, find a metal plate that is secure, not painted, and without rust; such as the engine manifold, compressor bracket of air conditioner, or alternator bracket. Connect the other end of the "--"(negative) cable to that metal plate of semi truck.

Start the battery charger, or second vehicle. Allow second vehicle or charger to run for two minutes.

Start the dead semi truck. It should start. If not, check the connections thoroughly and wait for two to three minutes and start semi truck again.

Disconnect the cables in the reverse order from which you placed them. Turn off charger or second vehicle.

Allow semi to run for 15-20 minutes to fully charge the battery.

Items you will need

  • Safety glasses

  • Battery charger with proper voltage and durable cables (noted below) OR

  • Jumper cables 15 to 20 feet long and a minimum of 2-gauge thickness

  • Second vehicle with a battery of equal voltage (most semis are 24 volt)

 How to Jump Start a Diesel Truck

Make sure all the power sources are off in the dead vehicle.

Attach the positive clamp of the jumper cable to the positive terminal on the battery of the running vehicle, then the negative clamp to the negative terminal on the battery of the running vehicle. Do the same for the second set of jumper cables on the opposite battery. If using a jump pack or battery charger, skip this step.

Place the positive clamp onto the positive battery terminal of one dead battery (there may be a red box or jump-start post behind the driver's-side battery on some diesel trucks you can clamp to) and the negative clamp to a non-moving ground connection, such as a frame rail or metal bolt head. Repeat this step for the second set of cables. If using a jump pack or battery charger, make sure both are in the "Off" position and attach the clamps in the same way to the battery on the driver's side, then switch the power to the "On" position.

Try to start the diesel truck. The results can mean different things. If the batteries are completely drained, you may have to allow them to charge up from the charging source--other truck, jump pack or battery charger. If the truck does not start with the jump pack, this option can be eliminated.

Rev the engine of the truck to 1,500 RPMs for a period of time or set the charger to 200 amps (or "start") and try to start the truck every 10 minutes or so. The time needed will depend on how dead the batteries are, how cold it is and the type of equipment you're using.

Unplug the negative clamp from the jump-started truck first, then unplug the positive cable. Unplug the clamps from the other vehicle in the same manner. Unplug one set of cables at a time and be sure to not allow the clamps to come into contact with one another. If using a jump pack or charger, turn the units to the "Off: position first and then unplug the clamps from the truck in the same manner.

Items you will need

  • Heavy duty jumper cables (two sets)

  • Dual-battery diesel truck or two single-battery vehicles

  • Heavy-duty jump-pack (optional)

  • Heavy-duty battery charger (optional)

 How to Jump Start a 1949 Farmall Cub Tractor

Place wheel chocks in front of and behind the tractor's rear wheels.

Turn the tractor's ignition key to the "On" position. Press the clutch inward and shift the transmission into the neutral position. Release the clutch and leave the transmission in neutral.

Place the red jumper-cable clamp onto the "Positive" stud of the 12-volt battery. Place the black jumper-cable clamp onto the "Negative" stud of the 12-volt battery.

Attach the red clamp on the other side of the jumper-cable to the "Positive" stud on the starter. The positive stud on the starter is the stud to which the 6-volt battery cable connects.

Slowly attach the black clamp on the other side of the jumper cable to the tractor's frame. Once the black jumper-cable makes contact with the frame, it will cause the starter to engage. Remove the jumper-cables from the tractor and the 12-volt battery after the starter cranks the engine.

Items you will need

  • Wheel chocks

  • Jumper cables

  • Battery, 12-volt

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