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How to Jumpstart a 1998-2010 Volkswagen Beetle

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This video shows you how to jump start a dead battery in your 2008 Volkswagen Beetle. If you get into your Beetle, turn the key, and your car doesn't start (you may hear nothing or a clicking sound from the engine bay), you have a dead battery and need a jump-start. Check to see if you left your headlights or an interior light on and turn the switch off. Assuming that you have a pair of jumper cables, a pair of safety glasses and a friend to give you a jumpstart, the video above will show you where to connect the cables (and in what order!) for your Beetle. Once you are finished reviving a dead car battery in your Beetle, make sure you drive it for at least 5 minutes before turning it off so your battery isn't dead the next time.

So what's up with the safety glasses? There is a small possibility of a battery exploding during the charging process if you don't connect the cables properly (causing a spark) and there is a bunch of hydrogen gas around the battery (car batteries emit hydrogen gas when they discharge) - this is much more of an issue with cars that haven't been driven for a long time than if you drive your Beetle regularly and simply forgot to turn your lights off.

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Step by Step Instructions for your Volkswagen Beetle

  1. Open and prop the hood of your 2008 Volkswagen Beetle.
  2. Locate the battery and remove the cover off the positive cable.
  3. Find an unpainted metal surface in the engine to use as a ground.
  4. Position the working car close enough to the dead car so that the jumper cables reach both vehicles.
  5. Put both vehicle in park, make sure all lights are off, and all doors are closed.
  6. Attach the red clamp to the dead car's positive terminal first. The order in which these cables are attached is very important.
  7. Second, attach the red clamp the working car's positive terminal.
  8. Attach the black clamp to the working car's negative terminal.
  9. And finally, attach the black clamp to the ground position in the dead car's engine.
  10. After giving your 2008 Volkswagen Beetle a few minutes to charge, try starting it.
  11. If successful, remove the terminals in reverse order.
  12. Remove the black clamp from the dead car's ground position.
  13. Remove the black clamp from the working car's negative terminal.
  14. Remove the red clamp from the working car's positive terminal.
  15. Remove the red clamp from the dead car's positive terminal.
  16. Once everything is working, figure out what caused the problem in the first place. A common cause is leaving the lights on, in which case there is nothing to worry about. If it is an old battery however, it should probably be replaced. Other more complicated causes should be reviewed by a mechanic.
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