Do you know what to do if your car battery dies? In the case that there’s no tow-truck service in the area, here are steps on how to jump start your vehicle.
According to an article at blog.allstate.com, “How to Charge Your Dead Battery”
- Park the two cars close together, but make sure they don’t touch. Then, turn both cars off.
- Connect the positive jumper cable (usually red) to the positive terminal on the “dead” battery. (Typically, the positive battery terminal is marked with a plus sign, while the negative is marked with a minus.) Make sure the positive cable does not touch anything metal except for the battery terminal.
- Connect the other end of the positive cable to the positive battery terminal on the vehicle providing the jump.
- Connect the negative cable (usually black) to the negative terminal on the vehicle providing the jump.
- Connect the other end of the negative cable to an exposed metal part of the vehicle with the dead battery. (Unpainted components like brackets, bolts, etc., provide the best ground).
- Start the “booster” vehicle and let the engine idle for a few minutes.
- Start the disabled vehicle. If it doesn’t start, you may need to check the cable connections, according to Consumer Reports. If the battery is a few years old or has been dead for a a few weeks, you may consider revving the engine a bit to speed up the charging process, says Edmunds. If that doesn’t work, there may be some other problem with the car, and you’ll need a mechanic’s help.
- If the car with the dead battery starts up, let it run with the cables attached to both cars for at least 20 minutes, Consumer Reports suggests.
- Remove the black (negative) cable from the ground on the previously disabled vehicle (vehicle is still running). Following the reverse order of the connecting process can help prevent sparking.
- Remove the other end of the negative cable from the battery of the vehicle providing the jump.
- Remove the positive cable from the battery of the vehicle providing the jump.
- Remove the positive cable from the previously disabled vehicle.” To read the entire article click here.