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    This may be common knowledge but it was news to me so thought I'd make sure here.

    So what happened was my gf drove us around to my parents house(in her 04 fiesta) and for some reason left the sidelights on her car, despite the fact it was broad daylight So after a couple of hours when it was time to go...uh oh, battery was flat so I went and asked my popz where his jumper leads where to jump start the car off his(07 Astra) to which he seemed horrified and began to lecture me that you can't use jump leads on modern cars nowadays as you'll blow the ecu and this applied to my vectra as well which was news to me as my previous car was old and jump started/was jump started more times than enough.

    So my question: Was the old man right or was he just being overprotective of his car?

    p.s. I had to push the car to the top of a hill and start it that way in case you were worried Was ****** knackered afterwards too
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    Just jump start it. Do it properly and you'll have no problems, same with anything.

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    All you're doing is feeding 12V through the battery, same as you would when starting cars normally...

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    http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...jumpleads.html

    Start the engine of the donor car and allow it to run for a minute then, with it still running, start the engine of the other car and leave both running at a fast idle for ten minutes. Do not remove the jump leads while the engines are running as this can cause serious damage to the electronics on either car.
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    He is almost right, you can jump start modern cars, just don't put the black terminal on the neg side of the bat, it should always clamp to the engine block.

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    Thanks for the responses, he just had me worried that any kind of spike in voltage could fry the ecu. good to know if I ever need a jump

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    i bought one of these

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...1&iozone=PDPz1

    and leave it in the boot

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra ste View Post
    http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...jumpleads.html

    Start the engine of the donor car and allow it to run for a minute then, with it still running, start the engine of the other car and leave both running at a fast idle for ten minutes. Do not remove the jump leads while the engines are running as this can cause serious damage to the electronics on either car.
    Thanks for posting the link, very helpful but after reading that I can't believe how lucky i've been as I was taught to hook up the black cable from the neg terminal on the donor car to the neg terminal of the flat battery :O Does it matter when jumping older cars? Cause for several months last year my brother had a bad battery and took his time when it came to getting a new one and in that space of time I must've jump started his car 10-15 times both of our cars at that time were pre-1999.

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    all i khow is that i had a friend who had a golf jump started it and damaged ecu
    650 pounds to replace
    this is why i bought one of these

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...1&iozone=PDPz1

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingers66 View Post
    He is almost right, you can jump start modern cars, just don't put the black terminal on the neg side of the bat, it should always clamp to the engine block.
    Any real reason for this? I've done a few jump starts for people and had no problem connecting to the negative terminal. What about cars with the battery elsewhere? Boot for example? Only thing I can think of is the greater distance between the engine and battery means there's less chance of the leads coming into contact and shorting out.

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