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Old 09-16-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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Jump Starting Another Car from '12 Focus?

Hello all,

Maybe I had a total brain relapse, but for the life of me I could not figure out how to access the negative terminal of my Focus's battery to jump start a friends car. The positive terminal is in easy reach, but what I thought was the negative terminal was under the windshield in an unreachable place. Anyone know if you can jump start from a 2012 Focus???


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Old 09-16-2011, 12:00 PM   #2
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Connect positive cable to positive terminal, negative cable to solid ground connection anywhere on the vehicle. A portion of the frame that is unpainted, or where the vehicle's electrical components attach their ground connections would be good spots.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:20 PM   #3
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I usually connect the negative to an exposed bolt head near the battery or other unpainted metal surface.
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Instructions are in your owners manual
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:17 PM   #5
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Ah you beat me to it...lol.

But yeah, they are. :)
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Ah you beat me to it...lol.

But yeah, they are. :)
The instructions pertain to situations where the Focus needs to be boosted. But what about providing boosts from the Focus. The instructions state the negative lead of the booster cable should connect to the negative terminal of the assisting vehicle. Hard to do on 2012 Focus - what's the best way to access the battery; there seems to be room to move the battery forward (towards front of hood).
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:51 AM   #7
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I thought there was some post sticking out on the body near the battery im gonna go check
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #8
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I thought there was some post sticking out on the body near the battery im gonna go check
The main body ground bracket hangs from the LF strut tower behind the main engine fuse box and in front and to the left of the battery (on the right when standing directly in front of the car looking under the hood).
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The instructions pertain to situations where the Focus needs to be boosted. But what about providing boosts from the Focus. The instructions state the negative lead of the booster cable should connect to the negative terminal of the assisting vehicle. Hard to do on 2012 Focus - what's the best way to access the battery; there seems to be room to move the battery forward (towards front of hood).
The positive is what's juicing the other car, so the negative placement will be the same regardless of if you are jumping the other car or being jumped. It's just grounding the connection. I've done this before using the manual specified location and jumped the other vehicle just fine. :)
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The main body ground bracket hangs from the LF strut tower behind the main engine fuse box and in front and to the left of the battery (on the right when standing directly in front of the car looking under the hood).
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