Started wrong car while jumping. Any risk of damage?

Asked by Apr 22, 2017 at 11:56 PM about the 2002 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi all,

I was asked to jumpstart a car recently. We carefully hooked up the cables in the correct order. After
connecting the cables, the dead car's alarm started going off- a good sign. But then, we tried to turn on the
dead car FIRST, instead of the good car like we should have done. We realized this, tried it the regular way,
and now the dead car won't turn on or make any noise. We left the good car on for at least 10 minutes but
still no luck. We think it's because we tried turning on the wrong car first. Is this the case? Any thoughts? Do
you think any damage was done by turning on the wrong car?

2 Answers

Thank you very much for the quick reply. I will look into whether it is the security system- great idea. It is a 2002 Toyota Camry.

No you would not damage your vehicle or the other vehicle. It's just that there may be two of you needing to get a jump if the vehicle that's helping you isn't already running when you hook up the batteries for the jump to start your vehicle because you ended up draining the other person's battery due to that vehicle not running.

Your Answer

Camry

Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 2,259 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,900.

Postal Code:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    14,070
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,780
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    3,060
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
77 Great Deals out of 1,149 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Corolla
282 Great Deals out of 3,925 listings starting at $1,950
Used Honda Civic
369 Great Deals out of 4,028 listings starting at $1,250
Used Nissan Altima
128 Great Deals out of 1,411 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Avalon
5 Great Deals out of 138 listings starting at $6,495
Used Toyota RAV4
55 Great Deals out of 3,294 listings starting at $1,891
Used Hyundai Sonata
52 Great Deals out of 1,454 listings starting at $1,800
Used Nissan Maxima
39 Great Deals out of 376 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Highlander
24 Great Deals out of 842 listings starting at $4,950
Used Honda CR-V
65 Great Deals out of 2,694 listings starting at $100
Used Toyota 4Runner
6 Great Deals out of 547 listings starting at $2,254
Used Toyota Tacoma
51 Great Deals out of 1,135 listings starting at $7,950
Used Chevrolet Malibu
119 Great Deals out of 1,859 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Prius
9 Great Deals out of 128 listings starting at $1,790

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry For Sale
796 listings starting at $26,390
2017 Toyota Camry For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 203 listings starting at $17,395
2016 Toyota Camry For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 214 listings starting at $14,990
2015 Toyota Camry For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 161 listings starting at $13,225
2014 Toyota Camry For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 260 listings starting at $11,288

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.