Started wrong car while jumping. Any risk of damage?

Asked by Apr 22, 2017 at 11:56 PM about the 2002 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi all,

I was asked to jumpstart a car recently. We carefully hooked up the cables in the correct order. After
connecting the cables, the dead car's alarm started going off- a good sign. But then, we tried to turn on the
dead car FIRST, instead of the good car like we should have done. We realized this, tried it the regular way,
and now the dead car won't turn on or make any noise. We left the good car on for at least 10 minutes but
still no luck. We think it's because we tried turning on the wrong car first. Is this the case? Any thoughts? Do
you think any damage was done by turning on the wrong car?

2 Answers

Thank you very much for the quick reply. I will look into whether it is the security system- great idea. It is a 2002 Toyota Camry.

No you would not damage your vehicle or the other vehicle. It's just that there may be two of you needing to get a jump if the vehicle that's helping you isn't already running when you hook up the batteries for the jump to start your vehicle because you ended up draining the other person's battery due to that vehicle not running.

Your Answer

Camry

Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 81,453 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,395.

ZIP:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    13,630
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,680
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    3,030
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,043 Great Deals out of 58,767 listings starting at $1,099
Used Toyota Corolla
796 Great Deals out of 54,506 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Civic
766 Great Deals out of 69,789 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Altima
1,001 Great Deals out of 78,292 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Avalon
237 Great Deals out of 16,888 listings starting at $1,499
Used Toyota RAV4
724 Great Deals out of 46,294 listings starting at $1,195
Used Hyundai Sonata
724 Great Deals out of 50,707 listings starting at $500
Used Toyota Highlander
475 Great Deals out of 30,827 listings starting at $2,900
Used Nissan Maxima
267 Great Deals out of 22,963 listings starting at $1,499
Used Honda CR-V
785 Great Deals out of 56,780 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota Tacoma
599 Great Deals out of 44,633 listings starting at $1,790
Used Toyota Prius
296 Great Deals out of 16,138 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Malibu
982 Great Deals out of 65,992 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota 4Runner
277 Great Deals out of 23,187 listings starting at $2,300

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry For Sale
42,570 listings starting at $20,828
2017 Toyota Camry For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 4,551 listings starting at $13,495
2016 Toyota Camry For Sale
111 Great Deals out of 6,016 listings starting at $9,995
2015 Toyota Camry For Sale
129 Great Deals out of 5,237 listings starting at $9,995
2014 Toyota Camry For Sale
241 Great Deals out of 6,790 listings starting at $7,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.