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My car has been sitting idle for about three months. where do i connect negative plug to jump start battery

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The air conditioner compressor is a good place. Where one of the mounting bolts goes through the compressor to bracket. Just in case; the a/c compressor is on right side of engine as you face the front of the car.

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