How to Jump-Start Your Dead Alfa Romeo Vehicle
Patented in 1903 by Clyde J. Coleman, the electric car starter was quick to gain popularity and become mass-produced by 1911.
Since that time, drivers around the globe have experienced the frustration of a dead car battery. But in the modern-day, having to jump-start an Alfa Romeo isn’t the strenuous process history has shown.
Over time —and in extreme climates — the ability to maintain power in a vehicle’s battery will begin to diminish. And, since Alfa Romeo makes high-quality vehicles built on its Italian heritage and a strong background in racing performance, jump-starting a battery in these vehicles can be a challenge for those who don’t know how to properly do it.
Steps to Jump-Starting a Dead Car Battery in an Alfa Romeo
The battery is a critical part of any vehicle’s ability to properly work, so it’s essential to have it checked regularly and replaced as needed. For a luxury vehicle like an Alfa Romeo, it’s even more essential.
From opening the doors to using the infotainment center, your vehicle relies on the battery to carry out many of its everyday tasks.
To jump-start a dead battery in your Alfa Romeo you will need a vehicle with a well-functioning battery, or a portable battery booster pack.
The cables will typically have terminals on both ends that can be identified by the colored sheaths: red for positive (+) and black for negative (-).
Please note, while using a portable battery booster pack, it’s imperative to follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and precautions.
1. Locate Battery Terminals
The remote posts to jump-start the battery in your Alfa Romeo can be found inside the engine compartment. The battery itself is in the fender well in the trunk.
The negative terminal is positioned next to the passenger side hood lock. The positive terminal post can be accessed by removing the cover and opening the protective flap.
2. Prepare to Jump-Start
Ensure the car is parked and the ignition is in STOP mode with the parking brake engaged.
If using another vehicle to jump-start the battery, make sure the vehicle is within the reach of the jumper cables. Apply the electric park brake, ensure the ignition is in STOP mode, and the parking brake is engaged.
3. Cable Connection
Connect the positive (+) end of the jumper cable to the positive (+) post of the vehicle with the discharged battery.
Then connect the opposite end of the positive (+) jumper cable to the positive (+) post of the booster battery.
Connect the negative (-) end of the jumper cable to the negative (-) post of the booster battery.
Finally, connect the opposite end of the negative (-) jumper cable to a ground section of the vehicle — preferably the chassis or an unpainted section of metal under the hood.
4. Start the Engine
Turn on the engine in the vehicle with the booster battery and let it idle for a few moments.
If you’re using a portable battery booster pack, wait a few seconds once the connection is complete.
After a few moments, get in the driver’s seat of the Alfa Romeo with the discharged battery. With your foot on the brake and key fob in hand, press the push-to-start button.
The battery should regain a charge and the engine should come to life.
5. Cable Disconnection
With your Alfa Romeo now running, remove the connection cables in reverse order from how they were connected.
Disconnect the negative (-) jumper cable from the engine (-) ground of the Alfa Romeo with the previously discharged battery.
Disconnect the negative (-) end of the jumper cable from the negative (-) post of the booster battery.
Disconnect the opposite end of the positive (+) jumper cable from the positive (+) post of the booster vehicle.
Finally, disconnect the positive (+) end of the jumper cable from the positive (+) post of the Alfa Romeo with the previously discharged battery.
Alfa Romeo Battery Replacement
Whether your Alfa Romeo frequently needs a jump start or the battery hasn’t been replaced recently, you should have the battery and charging system inspected at your local Alfa Romeo dealer.
The battery in these unique vehicles should be inspected every six months to ensure it is functioning properly. Extreme conditions like heat and freezing temperatures could diminish the life of the battery as well, making the inspection an essential component.
From getting replacement batteries to the installation of those batteries, the service department at Alfa Romeo of Albany takes pride in its work with these Italian luxury vehicles, and will work its hardest to help keep your Alfa Romeo running like new.
Our trained technicians can provide quick, convenient, quality service for all Alfa Romeo vehicles in our state-of-the-art service center. Contact the service department today and find out what we can do you for you.