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Hidden Battery Jump Start - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,123
edited May 2015 in Porsche
imageHidden Battery Jump Start - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

I had to jump-start a stranded motorist with our 2015 Porsche Macan S, but I had to search around a bit before finding the battery's terminal posts.

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  • grijongrijon Posts: 147
    Great job, Dan, and a good post.
  • yellowbalyellowbal Posts: 234
    Could you also have the last ground connection be on the good car? There shouldn't be any battery gases, especially when the battery is in the trunk.
  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Posts: 863
    That's a good idea to have a specific place on the car to connect the ground connector. I'm not sure if its just me, but I can never seem to get a quality enough connection when selecting a ground and often just give up and connect it to the negative terminal.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited May 2015
    With all the electronics in new cars, I'm leery of giving anyone a jump. One little miscue can cost hundreds.
  • grijongrijon Posts: 147

    That's a good idea to have a specific place on the car to connect the ground connector. I'm not sure if its just me, but I can never seem to get a quality enough connection when selecting a ground and often just give up and connect it to the negative terminal.

    This is exactly how it is for me, too, LOL
  • miata52miata52 Posts: 114
    Same for me...after 2-3 attempts of trying to find some exposed metal somewhere to ground to I just put the darn thing onto the battery and call it a day. No fire yet...
  • s197gts197gt Posts: 486
    me... four. i give a brief try on metal and if it doesn't work i go to the negative post.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451
    Unpainted metal is what you need, and strut mount bolts at the top usually fit that bill. And you have to work them back an forth a little so the clamps get a good bite.

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  • craigo7craigo7 Posts: 51
    Every car I've had has a cast metal D-ring near the engine block, opposite of the battery. Not always easy to see, especially at night. It might be an attachment point for lifting the engine out, but it also makes a secure and safe ground clamp.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451
    That works, too. But those engine lifting eyes are becoming rarer as plastic engine covers become more common and the quest to shave weight marches on.

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