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How to Jump Start a Car

Every car owner will face the universal problem of having to jump start their car at some point, but it’s not as simple as just connecting jumper cables to random components in your car.

You may find a person who is kind enough to offer assistance, but does their battery offer as much voltage as your own?  What are some of the most important tips for jump starting your car?


Do you know how to jump start your car?

Own Jumper Cables

This is a minimal investment that will save you from excessive stress. It won’t do any good to say that you planned on buying jumper cables when you are stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery, and you also don’t want to have to rely on the person giving your car a jump to own a set of cables. Prepare for the worst now and you will be happy later.

Parked Cars and Battery Connections

Your first step is to park where the jumper cables can reach both cars, and then you want to put the car in park or neutral and shut off the engine. Open the hoods, and attach the red clip to a positive terminal on your car. Then, attach the other red clip to the positive terminal on the other car. You then attach a black clip to a negative terminal on the other car’s negative terminal, and you attach the free black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car. Make sure the spot you attach the clip to is not near your battery.

Start The Vehicle

After the clips are properly placed, start the vehicle. If it doesn’t start, double check to make sure that all of the cables are connected properly. Have the owner of the other vehicle run his or her car for five minutes, and then you can try to start your car again. If the jump start does work, it is imperative that you do not shut off the engine. Drive around for 15 to 20 minutes to recharge the battery. If the battery still has issues holding a charge, you will need to work with a trusted mechanic to get it replaced.

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