Do you need to jump start a vehicle?
Are you unsure about how to do it?
If you have a dead car battery, then you can use a pair of jumper cables and another vehicle to do a jump start. On the other hand, if you are using a pair of jumper cables, you need to be sure that other vehicle’s battery at least has as much voltage as your does. Also be sure that you have hooked the cables up right.
Important Point: If either one of the vehicles uses an electronic ignition system or an alternative fuel, then jumper cables might result in damage.
Follow each of these easy steps if you need to jump start a vehicle where you live:
Be sure that your car has a set of jumper cables stored somewhere. If you do not have them, then you need to find someone that does have them who can give you a hand.
Both of the vehicles should be in neutral positions with their ignitions shut off. Also apply the parking brakes.
Attach one red clip to the protruding positive terminal of your battery. It’s the one that should have POS/+ labeled on it. It should also be bigger than the contrasting negative terminal.
The next step is to attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other vehicle.
Now, attach one black clip to the negative terminal of the other battery.
Then, attach the other black clip to part of the metal surface on your car, preferably one that isn’t close to your battery.
Now you should start the other car, and its engine needs to just run for a bit.
Try to start your car. If it won’t go, check your cables for proper connections. Let the other car’s engine run a bit more before trying again. If it won’t start this time, then your vehicle’s battery might be past the point of repair. On the other hand, if it does work and you can start your car, don’t shut your engine off. Your vehicle battery has to recharge, so you need to drive around for at least 15 minutes.
If you wind up with the same issue the next time you try starting your vehicle, then you should probably get your battery replaced.