Jump Start

Old 07-30-2018, 09:23 AM
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Jump Start

I noticed some comments on another forum frequented by Billman, that using "battery packs" to help start the car can lead to a rectifier failure. Symptoms include flickering dash lights. Couple hundred dollar fix.

What happens if you just do a straight jump start (12V) ? Will that blow out the rectifier or does the "off" voltage of some of those gimmicky battery packs pose the real problem?
I have never jumped my S and it almost makes me want to push start the thing if I ever need to.

So, anyone jumped their car and had issues?

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Old 07-30-2018, 06:43 PM
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I was always under the impression that push-starting doesn't work with modern, fuel-injected vehicles. Maybe I'm wrong?

Regardless, it can't be good for the driveline. I replace my battery every 4-5 years and hopefully I'll never need to worry about this.
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Old 05-26-2019, 02:51 PM
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I push or drop (roll) start mine all the time. Hurts nothing but the starter motors feelings.
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