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How To Jumpstart A Car
According to skill No. 98, you should hook up the cables in the exact configuration explained in the question, never allowing the two clamps to touch. The second black clamp goes on a metal engine part connected to the battery—this is because the second negative connection inevitably produces a spark, and you want that spark to occur some distance away from the flammable hydrogen present in either battery. After letting the live car idle for 10 minutes, jumpstart the dead battery and remove the clamps in reverse order.
A) The dead battery’s negative terminal B) The nearest red clamp C) Nothing D) Any metal part connected to the dead battery’s engine
Your final score is: 1200 out of 1500
And the scary part is that I once did have a subscription to Popular Mechanics.
Courtesy of Jordana over at Curmudgeonry.