How to Jump-Start a Chevy Equinox

by Dwight Malone
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The Chevy Equinox is a four-door crossover SUV that was first produced for the 2005 model year. If you find yourself in a situation where you turn the key and nothing happens, odds are you have a dead battery. This can happen because the battery is old or you left the lights on when the car was off, which drained the battery. Cold weather also reduces your battery's power output. This can be magnified if your battery is already weak. Jump-starting your Equinox can provide the power needed to start the vehicle and get you on the road.

Step 1

Pull the vehicle that will be providing the jump-start close enough to your Equinox so the jumper cables will be able to reach both vehicles' batteries.

Step 2

Apply the parking brakes, turn off the ignitions, turn off all accessories and open the hoods on both vehicles.

Step 3

Locate the battery on the vehicle that is providing the jump. Depending on the year, make and model, it will be in various locations in the engine compartment. However, it usually is in one of the four corners under the hood. If you have trouble finding it, consult the vehicle's owner's manual.

Step 4

Locate the remote jump-starting system's positive terminal on your Equinox. To find it, remove the fuse box cover, which is located in the front left area of the engine compartment. The positive terminal is marked with a plus sign.

Step 5

Locate the remote jump-starting system's negative terminal. It is close to the engine oil dipstick and is marked with a negative sign.

Step 6

Connect one end of the positive jumper cable to the positive terminal on the battery of the car that is providing the jump. Connect the other end of the positive jumper cable to the positive terminal on your Equinox.

Step 7

Connect one end of the negative jumper cable to the negative terminal on the battery of the car that is providing the jump. Connect the other end to the negative terminal on your Equinox.

Step 8

Start the vehicle that is providing the jump and let it idle for a few minutes to charge the dead battery on the Equinox.

Step 9

Hit the unlock button on your keyless transmitter, which will disarm the theft-deterrent system on your Equinox.

Step 10

Start your Equinox. It may take multiple attempts to start the vehicle.

Step 11

Disconnect the negative jumper cable from the Equinox, then the negative cable from the vehicle that provided the jump.

Step 12

Disconnect the positive jumper cable from the vehicle that provided the jump and then disconnect the positive jumper cable from your Equinox.

Reattach the fuse box cover on your Equinox.

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