How to Jump Start a Car

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Things You'll Need

Jumper Cables

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How to Jump Start Your Car

What’s involved in jump starting a car, and when would I need to do this?


Your car’s battery plays a central role in ensuring the overall functionality of your cars electrical system. As such, periodic inspection and maintenance of the battery will help extend it’s natural life. Cold weather is the primary contributor to loss of battery life.
To jump start your car, you will need a pair of jumper cables and a vehicle with a functioning battery.


Things You'll Need

Jumper Cables

Step-By-Step How to Jump Start a Car

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Additional Tips:
  1. If your car refuses to start after a few jump attempts, it may be due to battery corrosion, or a problem with your fuses, alternator, ignition switch or starter connection. Or the battery may be too dead to charge, and may need to be replaced.
1
Park the functioning car in front of your dead vehicle, so the 2 are parked nose-to-nose.

Ensure the 2 vehicles area proximately 18 inches apart. For both vehicles, make sure:

  • They are in park
  • The engines are turned off
  • The emergency brakes area activated

2
Clamp the red end of the jumper cable to the dead batteries positive terminal, and the other end to the functioning cars positive terminal
3
Clamp the end of the black cable to the working batteries negative terminal, and the other end to a metal section such as a bracket or bolt a foot away from the battery
4
Start the functioning car, and let it run for 1 to 2 minutes while revving the engine slightly
5
Now, attempt to restart the engine of the vehicle with the dead battery

It may take a couple of attempts, but don’t try to start it more than 3 or 4 times in a row, as this could damage your car’s electrical system

6
Once your vehicle starts, disconnect the cables in the reverse order you connected them.

Don’t let the clamps touch

7
Now drive your car to let it charge to full capacity so it will start again next time

A short drive may not be enough, so you might want to leave car parked and idling for a while with the lights off

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How to Jump Start Your Car

What’s involved in jump starting a car, and when would I need to do this?


Your car’s battery plays a central role in ensuring the overall functionality of your cars electrical system. As such, periodic inspection and maintenance of the battery will help extend it’s natural life. Cold weather is the primary contributor to loss of battery life.
To jump start your car, you will need a pair of jumper cables and a vehicle with a functioning battery.