Firstly does jumpstartng my mates car run mine down? I have rain seeping into my boot from a gap between the canvas roof & rear of car. Like the roof has shrunk. Do I need to replace canvas roof?

Asked by Jul 03, 2013 at 06:20 PM about the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8L Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2 Answers

21,285

Using jumper cables is for emergencies only- not for daily practice- every time you do it, you risk damaging your car and serious personal injury-to minimize the danger to yourself, ALWAYS connect the positive cable first- then the negative- this cuts down on the chance of a spark, which can create an explosion of battery acid- when the 2nd car starts, IMMEDIATELY disconnect the cables, starting with the negatives- when two engines are running and charging into each other, there is a chance of damaging diodes in the alternators

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
21,285

I stated the basics, but here's a coupla other tips for safe jumping- for even greater safety when connecting the cables (+ first - second) make the last negative connection not to the battery but to a piece of metal under the hood that will ground without being around the battery- even less chance of explosion- AND with the cables connected, turn OFF the engine in the car with the good battery, THEN try to start the dead car- people always think the car has to be running- NO- a good battery will start a car even if it's not in the car- this cuts down on the chance of two running alternators tryin' to blow each other out

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,540
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,470
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,170
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
258 Great Deals out of 11,308 listings starting at $2,500
Used Volkswagen Jetta
362 Great Deals out of 32,647 listings starting at $700
Used Jeep Wrangler
302 Great Deals out of 19,026 listings starting at $2,200
Used Honda Civic
525 Great Deals out of 80,276 listings starting at $558
Used Ford Mustang
308 Great Deals out of 45,194 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Accord
696 Great Deals out of 81,052 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen Golf
29 Great Deals out of 2,222 listings starting at $1,900
Used Volkswagen Passat
165 Great Deals out of 21,215 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla
731 Great Deals out of 74,070 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Focus
539 Great Deals out of 55,419 listings starting at $700
Used BMW 3 Series
1,123 Great Deals out of 35,633 listings starting at $900

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
2,179 listings starting at $15,915
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 513 listings starting at $12,784
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 1,016 listings starting at $9,957
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 711 listings starting at $7,900
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 910 listings starting at $7,495