There’s nothing worse than turning the key in your car’s ignition only to hear a series of clicks, indicating that your battery is dead. In situations like these, knowing how to jump start your car can save the day (and potentially hundreds of dollars on a tow truck).
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to jump start a car:
Step 1: Check the condition of the batteries and terminals
Before attempting to jump start your car, inspect the condition of the batteries and terminals. Look for cracks or leaks in the battery casing and make sure the terminals are clean and free of corrosion. If you notice any damage, do not attempt to jump start the car as it may be unsafe.
Step 2: Position the cars
Park the car with the good battery next to the car with the dead battery. Make sure the cars are not touching each other.
Step 3: Connect the jumper cables
Attach the red jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. Then, attach the other end of the red cable to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery. Next, attach the black jumper cable to the negative (-) terminal of the good battery. Finally, attach the other end of the black cable to an unpainted metal surface on the engine block of the car with the dead battery. This will ground the circuit and prevent any sparks from occurring.
Step 4: Start the good car
Start the car with the good battery and let it idle for a few minutes.
Step 5: Attempt to start the dead car
Try to start the car with the dead battery. If the car starts, let it run for a few minutes to recharge the battery. If it does not start, wait a few more minutes and try again.
Step 6: Disconnect the jumper cables
Once the dead car has been started, remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were attached, starting with the black cable attached to the engine block.
Step 7: Let the car run
Let the car run for at least 20 minutes to recharge the battery before turning it off.
Remember, jump starting a car is only a temporary solution. If your battery continues to die, it may be time to invest in a new one. Additionally, if your battery is over three years old, it may be time to replace it as well.
By following these simple steps, you can safely and effectively jump start your car and get back on the road in no time.