Jump Start Procedures

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: From our latest issue

Jump Start Procedures
By Edward D. Johnson
Editor’s Note: The following article is a more in-depth version of the November issue Tow Times Learning Center topic: Jump Start Procedures:

As vehicles have become more electronic, the risk of damage or injury during jump starts has become greater. Damage can happen to radios, computer modules, and wiring as well as other components such as GPS units and other items plugged into the vehicle by the driver or vehicle occupants. As the author of Johnson’s Guide for the Professional Tow Truck Operator, I have researched thousands of vehicles and found many different jump start procedures. It would be difficult or impossible for any tow truck operator to know the procedures for every vehicle on the road. The following process has been developed with the idea of having a universal procedure that would cover jump starting almost any vehicle in a safe manner that would not damage sensitive electronics.  This process applies to vehicles with 12-volt starting systems and to most hybrid vehicles.