Toyota 4Runner 1996-2002: How to Jump Start Battery

Knowing how to jump start your Toyota 4Runner is the difference between waiting for help and driving home. Read on to learn how to properly jump start your vehicle.

By Bassem Girgis - January 21, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota 4Runner (1996-2002).

The Toyota 4Runner's battery is not designed to live forever. Sometimes, the battery hits a stage where it can't hold a charge anymore, while other times, you could forget to turn off the interior light or something similar, which causes the battery to drain quickly. If you try to start your car and hear a clicking noise, that's your starter trying to crank your engine over, but there is no battery power to create a spark. Having jumper cables in your vehicle is a wise decision, regardless of the age of the car. This article will show you how to properly jump start your Toyota 4Runner.

Materials Needed

  • Jumper cable
  • Helping vehicle

Step 1 – Park vehicles front to front

Park the assisting vehicle in front of the dead vehicle, in a front-to-front manner. Pop the hood open on both vehicles, leaving the assisting vehicle's engine on. If you can't park face-to-face, be sure to angle the cars where the batteries are close to each other so the cable can reach.

Park vehicles close so the jumper cable can reach
Figure 1. Park vehicles close so the jumper cable can reach.

Step 2 – Jump the car

Connect the positive red cable to the working vehicle's positive battery terminal, then connect the other end of the positive cable to the dead vehicle's positive battery terminal. Then, connect the negative black cable to anything metal in the working car, such as a bolt or a battery bracket, and connect the other end of the negative cable to something similar on the dead car. Let it charge for a few minutes.

Connect positive to both cars, then negative
Figure 2. Connect positive to both cars, then negative.

Step 3 – Start the car

After you've waited for a few minutes, go into the dead vehicle and start it. If it sounds like it's trying to start but it dies out, then you may need to let it charge for a few more minutes. Once it starts, remove the negative cable in the reverse order, from the freshly-started vehicle, then the working vehicle. Then remove the positive cables.

Toyota 4Runner engine bay
Figure 3. Disconnect cable in reverse order.

Pro Tip

Be sure to drive the car around. The more your drive, the more the battery will charge.

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