Question: Why Don’T You Connect The Negative When Jumping A Car?

Why does my battery spark when I try to jump it?

Dead batteries draw large current at first when you begin to charge them, this is one reason why you see sparks when you connect jumper cables to a dead battery..

Why do you not connect the negative terminal of dead battery?

Why can’t you connect the black jumper cable to the dead battery’s negative (–) terminal? … This is so you can avoid sparks from occurring near the battery where flammable hydrogen gas may be present, resulting in a possible explosion.

What happens if you connect the negative terminal first?

The negative cable is connected to the body/chassis of the car. … If you connect the negative first, then the positive, if you happen to touch the wrench to something metal while it is touching the positive terminal, that’s a short – because the chassis is already connected to the negative battery terminal.

What should you not do when jumping a car?

The “Don’ts” when jumpstarting a carNever lean over the battery of either car.Do not smoke when jumpstarting a car.Never jumpstart a battery if the fluids are frozen. This could lead to an explosion.If the battery is cracked or leaking do not jumpstart the car. It could lead to an explosion.

What happens if you connect positive to negative on a battery?

Connecting the positive terminal of each battery to the negative terminal of the other battery will result in a huge surge of electrical current between the two batteries. … The heat can melt internal and external battery parts, while the pressure from the hydrogen gas can crack the battery casing.

Where do you connect the negative jumper cables?

The negative (black) cable should have one end attached to the negative terminal of the dead battery, and one end grounded. The safest order to attach the jumper cables is as follows: Attach one red jumper cable clamp to the positive terminal on the dead battery.