Although some might think this article is primarily for the ladies in the audience, it’s not! It’s for all those persons, whether male or female, that don’t know how to correctly (and safely) use jumper cables to kickstart a dead battery.
Knowing how to properly jump start a car is one of the most important things to know as a driver (along with how to change a tire). It is inconvenient to be unable to jump your car on your own, but even worse to attempt to do so and misfire. Doing a “jump” the wrong way can even lead to injury. So, for the sake of safety and starting your car, here are some quick directions on how to jump your car.
Step 1: The Jumper Cables
The essential part of this exercise! If you don’t already carry a set of jumper cables in your car, it would be an extremely good investment. Better to have your own ready to go, than to rely on a Good Samaritan possibly having one to lend you.
Step 2: A Helpful Assistant
Another essential piece. You need another vehicle to transfer some battery power from, therefore, utilize a Good Samaritan to help you or call up a friend or relative.
Step 3: Positioning
Once you have your cables and a friend’s vehicle to jump from, line up both of your vehicles as best as you can. It is mostly grill to grill. However, depending on the battery’s location, even side to side, or grill to back bumper can be utilized.
Step 4: Place both cars in park and apply parking brakes
Step 5: This is the important part! Attach one of the red clamps of the jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal on the good battery. Attach the opposite end to the other car’s positive terminal. Make sure that the clamps are securely attached, and handle them carefully.
Step 6: Attach one of the black clamps of the jumper cable to the good battery’s negative (-) terminal. And, instead of attaching the other black clamp to the opposing negative terminal, attach it to another surface near the dead battery that is unpainted metal. For example, a shiny, clean nut or a metal strut that holds the hood open. This will make sure that the jump is safe and doesn’t send sparks flying.
Step 7: Start ignition of the working car, let run in idle, and then attempt to start the engine of the dead car. Perform this a few times if needed, but the result should be the dead car’s engine turning over and running!
Step 8: Remove all clamps carefully from the batteries and don’t let the clamp ends touch each other. Leave your car running for 15-20 minutes to recharge your battery some. Then as soon as you can, get that battery changed.
And that is all. Very simple. But always keep safety first if ever you need to jump a battery. We know that everyone’s got somewhere to be and are often in a hurry to get there, but when it comes to your car’s battery, take the time you need to start it safely.
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