Emergency startingEmergency starting  - For emergencies - Mitsubishi Carisma Owner's Manual - Mitsubishi Carisma

If the engine cannot be started because the battery is weak or dead, the battery from another vehicle can be used with jumper cables to start the engine.

WARNING

To start the engine by use of jumper cables from another vehicle, perform the correct procedures according to the instruction manual. Incorrect procedures could result in a fire or explosion or damage to the vehicles.

1. Get the vehicles close enough so the jumper cables can reach, but be sure the vehicles are not touching each other. If they are, it could cause a ground connection you do not want. The vehicle will not start, and the bad grounding could damage the electrical systems.

CAUTION

Check the other vehicle. It must have a 12-volt battery.

If the other system isn’t 12-volt, shorting can damage both vehicles.

2. You could be injured if the vehicles roll. Set the parking brake firmly on each vehicle. Put an automatic transmission in “P” (PARK) or a manual transmission in “N” (Neutral). Turn off the ignition switch.

WARNING

Turn off the ignition on both vehicles beforehand. Use care to make sure that the cables or your clothes do not get caught by the fan or drive belt. Personal injury could result.

NOTE

Turn off all lamps, heater and other electrical loads. This will avoid sparks and help save both batteries.

3. Make sure battery electrolyte is at the proper level. Refer to “Battery” on page 9–7.

WARNING

If electrolyte fluid is not visible, or appears to be frozen, do not attempt jump starting!

A battery might rupture or explode if the temperature is below the freezing point or if it is not filled to the proper level.

4. Connect one end of one jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the discharged

4. Connect one end of one jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the discharged battery, and the other end to the positive (+) terminal of the booster battery.
5. Connect one end of the other jumper cable to the negative (-) terminal of the booster battery, and the other end to the engine block of the vehicle with the discharged battery at the point farthest from the battery.

NOTE

Remove the cover before connecting the jumper cable to the positive terminal of the battery.

WARNING

WARNING

(1) Be sure to observe the connecting sequence of 1 - 2 - 3 - 4.
(2) Make sure that the connection 4 is made to the appointed position (shown in the illustration). If the connection is made directly to the negative side of the battery, the flammable gases generated from the battery might catch fire and explode.
(3) When connecting the jumper cable, do not connect the positive (+) cable to the negative (-) terminal. Otherwise sparks may cause explosion of the battery.

(4) When connecting the jumper cable to the (-) terminal especially in the 1800

(4) When connecting the jumper cable to the (-) terminal especially in the 1800 models, do not touch other parts with your hands, as the engine compartment is hot and burns could result.

CAUTION

CAUTION

(1) Use care not to get the jumper cable caught in the cooling fan or other rotating part in the engine compartment.
(2) Use the proper cables suitable for the battery size. Otherwise heat damage to the cables could result.
(3) Check the jumper cables for damage and corrosion before use.

6. Start the engine in the vehicle which has the booster battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.

CAUTION

Keep the engine of the vehicle giving assistance running.

7. After the engine is started, disconnect the cables in the reverse order.

WARNING

(1) Charging the battery while it is installed in the vehicle might cause the battery to catch fire and explode. Or damage to the vehicle could result. If it has to be charged in that condition for unavoidable reasons, disconnect the vehicle side negative (-) terminal connected to the battery.
(2) Keep sparks, cigarettes and flames away from the battery because the battery may produce an explosion.
(3) Use adequate ventilation when charging or using the battery in an enclosed space.
(4) Remove all the caps before charging the battery.
(5) Electrolyte is corrosive diluted sulphuric acid. If electrolyte (battery acid) comes into contact with your hands, eyes, clothes and the painted surface of your vehicle, it should be thoroughly flushed with water. If electrolyte gets in your eyes, flush them with water immediately and thoroughly, and get prompt medical attention.

CAUTION

(1) Do not attempt to start the engine by pulling or pushing the vehicle. It could damage your vehicle.
(2) Always wear protective eye goggles when working near the battery.
(3) Keep the battery out of the reach of children.

NOTE

On a vehicle with an anti-lock brake system, if the vehicle is put in motion without fully charging the battery it might cause the loss of the smooth engine operation and the antilock brake warning lamp to illuminate. Refer to “Anti-lock brake system (ABS)” on page 5–28.

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