One job that needs to be completed on the scene of an extrication is securing the power source. A simple task that even the newest probie should have no issue completing. However, I have to ask, do you know where the battery is? Now some of you will say it’s either in under the hood or in the trunk. That’s a safe assumption. Just remember that automakers position the battery in different locations in vehicles based on weight distribution, cost of running cables, and sometimes, batteries are put the only place they fit. Took a quick look at the battery locations of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the first two images and the E-Class in the the third. Just to clarify, we are only talking about the standard 12 volt car battery, not hybrid batteries.
High-end cars like Mercedes-Benz and even domestic brands like Lincoln and Cadillac cover up most of the engine compartments with plastic covers. The automakers view it as an “under the hood beautification”. Check out the engine compartment of a 2009 Cadillac CTS-V in the image below.