Join the digital community of the Los Altos Town Crier. I've seen people connect the black to a ground like the hood latch. We bought new cables, and then we were able to start her car. That could fry the starter relay, though Why is connecting the jumper cables in this way so important? Always start by connecting the positive cable first.
Do not proceed if there are leaks or cracks.
Jumper cable mistake may be costly
Opinion Americans are enabling China's war on religion. Connecting the jumper cables backward or installing a new battery the wrong way is never fun. Kevinpb made a comment. All logos are registered trademarks of their official owners. At minimum, inspect the alternator and all wires going to it. Jumper cables are not designed to carry the huge surge of electrical current, and will quickly heat up to very high temperatures.