How do I Jump-Start a Mercedes C280 Model Year 1999?

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How do I Jump-Start a Mercedes C280 Model Year 1999?
Inspect the jump leads before using them for cracks or exposed wire. (closeup of jump leads image by Katrina Miller from

Jump-starting a 1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 can be tricky, as the battery is located not in the engine compartment but in the boot. The battery also has a cover that needs to be removed. Whenever a jumper box is not available, jump-starting your C280 with an assist from a second car is another option. Either way, jump-starting your engine is a fairly simple process that won't take much time.

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  1. 1

    Park the second car as close as possible to the boot of the Mercedes. Open the boot to access the battery.

  2. 2

    Turn off the engine of the second car. Take the cover off the Mercedes battery.

  3. 3

    Lift the bonnet of the second car and prop it open. Place the clamp of the red jump lead over the positive terminal on each battery. The positive terminal is designated by the "+" symbol. Place the clamp of the black jump lead over the negative terminal on each battery.The negative terminal is designated by the "-" symbol.

  4. 4

    Start the second car and allow it to idle. Attempt to start the Mercedes. The car will start once the battery is charged.

  5. 5

    Take the jump leads off both vehicles. Do not allow any of the clamps to touch.

  6. 6

    Replace the cover on the Mercedes battery and close the boot. Allow the car to idle for at least 10 to 15 minutes to ensure the Mercedes battery has a full charge.

  7. 7

    Close the bonnet of the second car and turn off the engine.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a jumper box instead of another car if one is available.
  • Do not allow the cars to touch while jump-starting.
  • Ensure the jump leads do not touch while any of the clamps are touching the battery. This can result in sparks and possible electrical shocks.

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