We all dread hearing the click of the ignition as we turn the key and nothing happens. If you find yourself stuck with a dead car battery, knowing your options can help you avoid costly towing expenses. Here we cover the basics of jumping a car so you can bounce back from a dead battery.
Jumper cables are the first place to start when jumping a battery. They are often found for $20 or less and are an excellent backup tool to keep on hand that you can use to start your car or someone else’s car if their battery has died. Next, find someone who is willing to help you jump your car, and have them park about 18″ away from the front of your car. Turn both cars off.
Next comes the jumper cables. Remember to be extremely cautious around live jumper cables, not touching them to yourself or to the other cables, as they can be dangerous to you and damaging to your car if used improperly.
- Attach one end of the red positive cable to the red positive terminal of the dead battery.
- Attach the other end of the positive cable to the red positive terminal of the good battery.
- Attach one end of the black negative cable to the negative terminal of the good battery.
- Attach the other end of the negative cable to another metal part of the dead car that is not part of the car battery. This will ensure no sparks are created.
- Start the working car and let it run for 5 minutes while gently pushing the accelerator for 1 minute. Try to start the dead car. If the dead car won’t start after 4 tries, call a tow truck.
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