How to Jump Start a Car

auto repair chubbuck idahoYour car battery could die at any time, even in the most inconvenient places. In case of this type of emergency, don’t be dependent on a kind stranger to supply you with jumper cables or to know how to use them.

Because you never know when you’ll be called upon to jump start your own car or go to the aid of someone else, you need to be knowledgeable and prepared when an emergency occurs. . This simple step-by-step guide will help you learn how to jump start a car the correct way.

  • Conduct a quick safety check. Your safety is of the utmost importance. Push your car off the road and away from traffic. Keep small children away from the vehicle. Always keep in mind that you’ll be dealing with an electric shock, so be cautious. If possible, wear protective equipment. Always be aware of the metal clamps on the jumper cables. Refer to your vehicle manual and be familiar with its suggested protocol for jump starting your specific model. If you are unsure where to begin or have any questions, contact your Bargain Tire technician in Chubbock, Idaho.
  • Position both vehicles to be facing each other. Push or park your car and the assisting vehicle so they’re nose-to-nose. The two cars should be about a foot apart but never touching, with the engine turned off in the park or neutral position. Put the park brake on for each car as well to prevent them from moving during the process.
  • Locate your jumper cables. It’s always best to have your own set of jumper cables in your vehicle at all times. Take out your cables and set them on the ground, making sure the metal clamps don’t touch.
  • Raise the hoods of each car. The switch may be in a different spot depending on the vehicle, but it’s typically near the grill or inside on the driver’s side. Secure the hood in its open position.
  • Locate the car batteries. There are two batteries under the hood of a car and each has two terminals. Typically, one battery is red with a “+’ sign (positive) and the other is black with a “-” sign (negative).
  • On the dead battery: securely attach a red clamp to the positive terminal. Again, look for the battery that says “+” or “POS” for positive on top. Here’s a tip: this terminal is typically bigger than the negative one.
  • On the working battery: securely attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal.
  • On the working battery: securely attach one black clamp to the negative terminal.
  • On the dead battery: securely attach the other black clamp to an unpainted, clean metal surface away from the battery.

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  • Attempt to start the car with the dead battery. This may not work the first time. If not, turn on the engine of the functioning car for several minutes and rev the engine periodically. This should charge up the other car’s dead battery. Repeat this process a few times if necessary.

*If the dead battery still doesn’t charge after following the steps above, it may be past repair and needs replaced. In this case, contact your Bargain Tire shop in Chubbock for assistance.

  • Carefully remove the jumper cables. Start with the black, then the red. As always, make sure the clamps don’t touch.
  • Drive the car with the recharged battery. Letting the engine run and driving for about 15 minutes will allow the battery to completely recharge, preventing it from dying again when the engine is turned off.

Have questions or want a professional to walk you through the process? Call us at Bargain Tire in Chubbock, ID! We’re always happy to help. Also, you can check out this YouTube video for a helpful visual.

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