10 Simple Steps to Jump Start a Car Battery
You’ve probably experienced a dead car battery before when trying to start your car. While it can be a major inconvenience, usually with a simple jump start, you can be on your way again. Here is how to jump start a battery the right way.
The only equipment you will need is a working car and a set of jumper cables.
1. Park the working car as close to the dead car as you can so that they face each other. Most automotive publications say that 18 inches apart is ideal.
2. Make sure both cars are in park and turned off. Open the hood of both cars and locate the battery and both terminals. Wipe off the terminals with a dry cloth if they look dirty.
3. Attach the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
4. Connect the red clamp to positive terminal of the working car.
5. Connect the black cable to the negative (-) terminal of the dead battery.
6. Attach the other black cable to an unpainted piece of metal on the working car, such as a shiny, clean nut.
7. Start the working car and let it run for a few minutes.
8. Try starting the dead car. If it doesn’t start, let it charge up for another minute or two. You can also try revving the engine of the working car.
9. When the dead car is working again, detach the cables in the reverse order, making sure none of the clamps touch until they are all removed.
10. Drive around for a little while to get a good charge on the battery.
If the jump start does not work, you may need a new battery, or your car may have other issues including bad fuses, battery corrosion, a faulty alternator, a bad starter connection, or something else.
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