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.

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