Jump starting (12V battery)
Connect cables in numerical order and disconnect in reverse order.
Jump starting can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Therefore, to avoid harm to yourself or damage to your vehicle or battery, follow these jump starting procedures. If in doubt, we strongly recommend that you have a competent technician or towing service jump start your vehicle.
Never attempt to check the electrolyte level of the battery as this may cause the battery to rupture or explode.
Do not attempt to jump start the vehicle if the discharged battery is frozen, as the battery may rupture or explode.
Do not charge or discharge the battery arbitrarily. It may lead to fault, electric shock or burns.
Do not damage the battery in such ways as to drop, deform, impact, out or spear with a sharp object. It may cause electrolyte leakage or fire.
Breakdown of the battery may lead to electrolyte leakage or flammable gas generation. Contact an authorized Kia dealer immediately.
If electrolyte leaks out, avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothes. In event of accident, flush with water and get medical help immediately.
Do not place the battery near open flame or incinerate. It may lead to fire or explosion.
Keep out of reach of children or animals.
Keep the battery away from moisture or liquid. Do not touch or use if liquids have been spilled on.
Do not connect the jumper cable from the negative terminal of the booster battery to the negative terminal of the discharged battery, directly. This can cause the discharged battery to overheat, crack, and degrade.
Connect the jumper cable from the negative terminal of the booster battery to the chassis ground in the motor room.
Sulfuric Acid Risk
Automobile batteries contain sulfuric acid. When jump starting your vehicle, be careful not to get sulfuric acid on yourself, your clothing, or on the vehicle. This acid is poisonous and highly corrosive.
Keep all flames or sparks away from the battery. The battery produces hydrogen gas which will explode if exposed to flame or sparks.
Make sure the booster battery is 12-volt and that its negative terminal is grounded.
If the booster battery is in another vehicle, do not allow the vehicles to come in contact.
Turn off all unnecessary electrical loads.
Connect the jumper cables in the exact sequence shown in the illustration. First connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive terminal of the discharged battery (1), then connect the other end to the positive terminal of the booster battery (2).
Proceed to connect one end of the other jumper cable to the negative terminal of the booster battery (3), then the other end to a solid, stationary, metallic point away from the battery (4).
Do not allow the jumper cables to contact anything except the correct battery terminals or the correct ground. Do not lean over the battery when making connections.
Start vehicle with the booster battery and let it run, then start the vehicle with the discharged battery.
If the cause of your battery discharging is not apparent, you should have your vehicle checked by an authorized Kia dealer.
Make sure to connect one end of the jumper cable to the negative terminal of the booster battery, and the other end to a metallic point, far away from the battery.