Ford Explorer: Roadside Emergencies / Jump Starting the Vehicle

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Roadside Emergencies / Jump Starting the Vehicle

WARNING: Batteries normally produce explosive gases which can cause personal injury. Therefore, do not allow flames, sparks or lighted substances to come near the battery. When working near the battery, always shield your face and protect your eyes. Always provide correct ventilation.

WARNING: Keep batteries out of reach of children. Batteries contain sulfuric acid. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Shield your eyes when working near the battery to protect against possible splashing of acid solution. In case of acid contact with skin or eyes, flush immediately with water for a minimum of 15 minutes and get prompt medical attention. If acid is swallowed, call a physician immediately.

WARNING: Use only adequately sized cables with insulated clamps.

Preparing Your Vehicle

Do not attempt to push-start your automatic transmission vehicle.

Note: Attempting to push-start a vehicle with an automatic transmission may cause transmission damage.

Note: Use only a 12-volt supply to start your vehicle.

Note: Do not disconnect the battery of the disabled vehicle as this could damage the vehicle electrical system.

Park the booster vehicle close to the hood of the disabled vehicle, making sure the two vehicles do not touch.

Locating the Jump Starting Connection Points

  1. Open the hood. See Opening and Closing the Hood.
  2. Remove the access cover.
  3. Remove the red protective cover from the positive lead jump connection point.
  4. Locate the negative jump connection point on the rear mounting bolt for the cross brace, as shown.

Connecting the Jumper Cables

WARNING: If the engine is running while the hood is open, stay clear of moving engine components. Failure to follow this warning could result in serious personal injury or death.

WARNING: Do not connect the end of the second cable to the negative (-) terminal of the battery to be jumped. A spark may cause an explosion of the gases that surround the battery.

Note: In the illustration, the bottom vehicle represents the booster vehicle.

  1. Connect the positive (+) jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the discharged battery.
  2. Connect the other end of the positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the booster vehicle battery
  3. Connect the negative (-) cable to the negative (-) terminal of the booster vehicle battery.
  4. Make the final connection of the negative (-) cable to an exposed metal part of the stalled vehicle's engine, away from the battery and the fuel injection system, or connect the negative (-) cable to a ground connection point if available.

Jump Starting

  1. Start the engine of the booster vehicle and rev the engine moderately, or press the accelerator gently to keep your engine speed between 2000 and 3000 RPM, as shown in your tachometer.
  2. Start the engine of the disabled vehicle.
  3. Once the disabled vehicle has been started, run both vehicle engines for an additional three minutes before disconnecting the jumper cables.

Removing the Jumper Cables

Remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were connected.

  1. Remove the negative (-) jumper cable from the disabled vehicle.
  2. Remove the jumper cable on the negative (-) terminal of the booster vehicle battery.
  3. Remove the jumper cable from the positive (+) terminal of the booster vehicle battery.
  4. Remove the jumper cable from the positive (+) terminal of the disabled vehicle battery.
  5. Allow the engine to idle for at least one minute.

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