How to Properly Jumpstart a Car Battery

Jump starting a car

Knowing the proper way to jumpstart a car is one of the most essential skills to learn as a car owner. Are you wondering how to jumpstart a car? Simmons Nissan has you covered! Even if you’ve never suffered from a dead or dying battery while away from home, knowing how to jumpstart a car is still a valuable skill every driver around Pilot Mountain,NC and Mount Airy should have. Learn how to properly jumpstart a car below!

Step-by-Step Instructions for Jumpstarting a Car Battery

If AAA or a jumpstart car service is out of the question, you can revive a dead battery with the help of another vehicle. Before you begin, of course, you’ll need a durable set of jumper cables. You don’t need to spend an excessive amount of money, but because of the safety risks during the process, you’ll want to ensure that you purchase from a reputable brand. In addition to sturdy cables, you will need another vehicle to which you can connect. Once these are available, follow these steps:

  1. Park the car with the live battery in front of your vehicle, so the two are facing each other. It’s important to make sure both cars are turned off and the brakes are engaged.
  2. Locate the battery in each respective vehicle after opening the hoods. The terminals on the batteries may have to be exposed by removing their plastic protective caps.
  3. Establish which terminals are which by looking for the positive (+) and negative (-) signs on the battery. Clean them if necessary to ensure you have a good connection.
  4. Attach the red clamp to the dead battery’s positive terminal.
  5. Connect the second red clamp to the positive terminal of the live battery in the other vehicle.
  6. Attach the black clamp to the negative terminal on the live battery.
  7. The fourth and final clamp needs to be attached to the car’s unpainted frame to ground the current.
  8. After checking to confirm everything is attached properly, start the car with the live battery. Let the engine run for approximately 30 seconds.
  9. Start the car with the dead battery.
  10. Carefully remove each of the clamps, and close the car hoods.
  11. Do not turn your car off. Let the previously dead vehicle run for 10-15 minutes, so the alternator has a chance to recharge the battery. If you shut it off too soon, then the vehicle may require another jump.
  12. If your car won’t jumpstart, then there might be a more serious issue, and it’s best to call a tow truck to take you to our North Wilkesboro, NC-area service center.

Additional Car Battery Tips to Consider

  • Keeping up with routine maintenance on your vehicle to reduce the likelihood that you will have to jumpstart your car’s battery.
  • If you jump your vehicle’s battery and allow it to recharge, but it still won’t start later on, then your battery may need to be replaced.
  • If the interior lights, radio, and other electrical systems work, but the engine doesn’t turn over, you could have a bad fuse, a faulty starter, a poor ignition switch or another problem.

Contact the service center at Simmons Nissan if your vehicle is in need of an inspection.

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