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How to Jump Start a 2008 Chrysler Sebring

by Shay Mabry

When your Chrysler Sebring needs a jump start you can't just pop the hood and connect the jumper cables. The Sebring has a unique battery location and may confuse many owners. Once the battery is located, jumping the vehicle is performed like most vehicles.

Park the vehicle on level ground. Turn the steering wheel so that the tires are pointing to the right. Turn the engine off and engage the parking brake.

Locate the battery. The battery can be found near the driver's side front tire. It is mounted in front of the tire, in the fender well.

Remove the clips using a screwdriver. The access cover will pop off and the battery will be visible.

Park a vehicle with a good battery next to the Sebring. Be sure that the jumper cables can reach from the battery of one car to the other.

Open the hood of the vehicle with the good battery and secure it with the safety latch.

Locate the battery terminals on both vehicles. Each battery has two metal terminals. There is a positive (+) and a negative (-).

Connect the red positive (+) cable using the clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. Connect the red positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the "live" battery.

Connect the black negative (-) cable using the clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the live battery.

Establish a metal ground on the vehicle with a dead battery. Connect the black negative (-) cable to the engine block or another metal surface away from the battery.

Start the vehicle with the "live" battery. Wait a moment and start the Chrysler.

Remove the jumper cables from the vehicle. They should be removed in the reverse order that you put them on.

Place the access cover back over the battery of the Chrysler. Replace the clips to secure the cover.

Warning

  • If the vehicle does not start, you may need to replace the battery.

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