BEGINNER GUIDE TO JUMP-STARTING YOUR CAR
You’re trying to start your car and it just won’t start. We’ve all been there. In most cases, the reason your car won't start is for a simple reason such as a dead battery. If you don’t have the time or the budget to purchase a new battery right away, jump-starting your car is a temporary solution to get you where you need to be.
Why did my battery engine die?
Here are a few reasons your battery engine may have died.
- You left the headlights or interior lights on for a long period of time
- Your battery is reaching its typical life expectancy and its time to buy a new one
- The temperature is either extremely hot or cold.
- There is a malfunction in your car’s charging system
Before you attempt to jump-start a battery, make sure your car is in Park or Neutral before getting started. Remember to take safety precautions so you do not run the risk of electrical shock. Really cold weather can freeze your battery so use caution when attempting to jump-start your car in these whether conditions. If you are unable to jump-start it successfully, you may need to have an experienced mechanic check it to determine what is wrong.
What do I need to jump-start my car?
- Another car with a good battery
- A jumper cable to connect them
- A pair of gloves
- A pair of safety glasses
How do I jump-start my car?
1. Park both vehicles front end to front end, with some space between the two cars.
2. Make sure the vehicles are in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars.
3. Pop the hoods of both cars open and make sure they are secure.
4. Take out your jumper cables. Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal (+) of your battery.
5. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal (+) of the car with the good battery.
6. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal (-) on the car with the good battery.
7. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.
8. Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
9. Try to start your vehicle.
If your vehicle won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and wait a couple more minutes then try to start the car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may need to be replaced.
If the jump works and your car starts, don’t shut off your engine! Drive around for at least 20 minutes to recharge your battery. If the car won’t start the next time you use it, the battery isn’t holding a charge and needs to be replaced.
How should I remove the jumper cables from the vehicles?
Once you are done jump-starting your car, you should disconnect the jumper cables in this order:
1. Remove the negative cable from your car
2. Remove the negative cable from the car with the good battery.
3. Remove the positive cable from the car with the good battery.
4. Positive the positive cable from your car last.