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Old 08-04-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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can i jump start a v8 van with my bonneville? my work van has a dieing battery and im waiting for my work to buy it a new battery untill that time i have to work on saturday morning and im pretty sure its gonna be dead so i wanna jump start it with my bonne. will it work?
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can i jump start a v8 van with my bonneville? my work van has a dieing battery and im waiting for my work to buy it a new battery untill that time i have to work on saturday morning and im pretty sure its gonna be dead so i wanna jump start it with my bonne. will it work?
more than likely yes
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Yes - unless the van is some strange vehicle that'* not 12 volts.
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Yes - unless the van is some strange vehicle that'* not 12 volts.
lol... well you never know.. if its a ford..
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nope its a 1998 chevy full size work van. 350 with 205,000 miles. still drive better then other van in the fleet with less miles. mine the oldest van the company owns.
i asked cuz i would think a bigger motor would over draw a smaller motor.
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naw...i once ressurected an 88 T-bird that hadnt run in over 5 years with my 90 Electra'* LN3...so i dont think you should have any sort of problem!
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naw...i once ressurected an 88 T-bird that hadnt run in over 5 years with my 90 Electra'* LN3...so i dont think you should have any sort of problem!
one of my friend had a civic and jumped a V8 with it..no problem for the ol' 3800 to do it.
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I'm no electrician, but is it even dependent on the comparative sizes of the motors?

I would think it has more to do with the regulated voltage of your alternator and the charging rate it is able to supply to the dead battery while still maintaining charge to your system. You could have a tiny motor, but if you had a good alternator you would have no worries.

Electrical guys, please correct me if I'm wrong.
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I'm no electrician, but is it even dependent on the comparative sizes of the motors?
Not really. Bigger displacement may require a little more current to turn it over, but that is usually washed by the bigger flywheel. Rest of the electrical system is about the same. I wouldn't hesitate giving a jumpstart to anyone, provided it wasn't one of those goofy british cars with screwy electricals (like Jaguars)
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It'* not about the voltage or motor size. It'* about the current in amps that your alternator produces. A motorcycle can jumpstart a big block if it charges long enough.

Let it idle-charge for about 5 minutes, then crank.

My 160 amp alternator will crank any car immediately, but a 105 amp alternator on an SE will have to charge first for a couple minutes.
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