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Motormouth: When jump-starting a car, does it help to rev the engine?

Q: Recently in helping my elderly father-in-law start his Lincoln, I came upon a quandary. When jump-starting a vehicle, I know that decades ago it used to be useful to run the rpm up in the vehicle providing the jump, thereby providing a higher voltage from the generator. In modern vehicles with alternators I know increased rpm doesn't

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