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12 Tips on How to Jump Start a Vehicle

12 Tips on How to Jump Start a Vehicle

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”

“Once you have the cables handy and a friend has agreed to let you use a working automobile to charge your dead battery, here are the steps to take, according to Edmunds:

  1. Park the two cars close together, but make sure they don’t touch. Then, turn both cars off.
  2. 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.
  3. Connect the other end of the positive cable to the positive battery terminal on the vehicle providing the jump.
  4. Connect the negative cable (usually black) to the negative terminal on the vehicle providing the jump.
  5. 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).
  6. Start the “booster” vehicle and let the engine idle for a few minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Remove the other end of the negative cable from the battery of the vehicle providing the jump.
  11. Remove the positive cable from the battery of the vehicle providing the jump.
  12. Remove the positive cable from the previously disabled vehicle.” To read the entire article click here.

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