Can a hybrid car be used as a donor to jump-start another vehicle?

My old Honda Civic’s battery died & I wanted to jump-start it using my Toyota RAV4 as the donor car.

BHPian j0sh1rish recently shared this with other enthusiasts.


I am currently in the US. I have 2 cars – a new Toyota RAV4, and an old Honda Civic.

My old car’s battery discharged due to a light staying ON. I have cables to jump-start, but I wasn’t able to find instructions on how to use the hybrid car as a donor car to jump start. (I tried looking online/manuals, but wasn’t able to find clear instructions). Ultimately, I resorted to using a battery pack to jump-start.

Does anyone have experience with this? Any help is appreciated.

With hybrids coming to India, this information could be useful for members.

Here’s what BHPian bhardwhu had to say about the matter:

I own an Accord Hybrid and recently when I needed to jump-start, I used the jumper cables and used the regular battery under the hood to connect and the car came to life in a second. It was just like any other regular car. Hope that helps.

Here’s what BHPian Indian2003 had to say about the matter:

Just make sure you connect to the correct poles. Connect + to + on the plus poles of both car batteries first.

Then the minus on the donor car battery. Finally connect the other end to a good earth point on the car with the flat battery. This is to prevent sparks on the battery that could ignite the gasses.

Let the donor car run on a fast idle and start the car.

Here’s what BHPian nandrive had to say about the matter:

Watch this video. @13:50 – I wouldn’t take the risk.

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