How to Jump Start a Car

Jump starting a car means being able to start your car when the battery is dead. By following these simple steps, you can use the power from a working car battery to bring yours back to life.

  • Locate the battery of your car.
  • Park the running vehicle near your car so that the space between the two batteries is as small as possible.
  • Put on safety gear such as goggles and gloves if you have them. Inspect your jumper cables for cracks or obvious damage. If you find any, call a tow truck instead.
  • Unwind your jumper cables.
  • Connect one red clamp to the positive post of the dead batter, and the other red clamp to the positive post of the working battery.
  • Connect one black clamp to the negative post of the working battery and the other black clamp to a secure metal point under the hood of the car with the dead battery.
  • Start the working car and let it run for about 30 -60 seconds.
  • Try and start the non working vehicle; if it does not start try moving the clamps around and then let it charge for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the jumper cables in order making sure they do not touch.
  • Keep the engine of the car you just jump-started running for at least 20 minutes. If the car fails to start again after this, your battery is probably bad. Or you may have trouble with the charging system.

It’s always a good idea to have a high-quality set of jumper cables in your car. Even if you never have a problem with your battery, you may be able to help others.

The procedure above requires another car to be nearby. If you’re concerned that you might be stuck alone with a dead battery, you might want to check into a batter jump starter. These devices are charged by plugging them into the wall at home. They will hold a charge for several months and provide enough power for you to jump start your car once or twice. They are an excellent addition to any emergency supplies you carry in your trunk.

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