A Quick And Easy Guide To Jumpstarting A Car Battery


You get into your car, put your key into the ignition and turn it forward. Your car doesn’t start. This can be an extremely frustrating experience, especially if you don’t have the resources or the knowledge to get your vehicle started.


In the event of a dead battery, jumpstarting your vehicle doesn’t have to be challenging. With a few essentials and a little bit of know-how, you can start your vehicle in no time!


Jumper Cables


You can get cheap jumper cable sets almost anywhere. These are a necessity for any driver, from the novice the experienced folks. It’s better to invest in longer cables so there is enough slack to reach the vehicle of a good Samaritan. Thicker-gauge cables are also beneficial, as they are more durable and can help establish a better connection.


How To Use Jumper Cables


First and foremost, don’t let the red and black clamps touch. If the clamps touch on either side when they are hot, it could cause a short in one of the vehicles and create potentially harmful sparks. So don’t let them touch.


Step 1: Make sure the vehicle with the good battery is parked as close as possible to the one with the dead battery. Open the hoods of both vehicles.


Step 2: Locate each vehicle’s battery and remove any plastic hoods that may be on top of the battery or battery posts. Identity which post is the positive post and which one is the negative post. They may be color coded to match the cables.


Step 3: To establish the proper connection, connect one end of the red, or positive, clamp to the positive post on the dead battery. Then connect the other red clamp on the opposite side of the cable to the positive post of the good battery.


Step 4: Next, connect the black clamp to the negative post of the good battery. With the last black clamp, you’ll want to attach it to an unpainted metal surface on your car this isn’t located near the battery. An unpainted engine bolt, a metal piece of the vehicle’s frame, or a metal strut that holds the hood open work as safe places to place the last black clamp. This creates a safer jumpstarting environment.


Step 5: Start the engine of the vehicle with then good battery. Then try to start the vehicle with the bad battery. If the vehicle starts, problem solved. If it doesn’t, it could be another issue like a bad starter


One More Thing: If you successfully start your vehicle, don’t turn it off! Drive it around for 15 minutes or until you reach your destination, whichever is longer, to give your battery enough time to recharge.


An Alternative Solution


Portable power packs exist, which provide power to jumpstart vehicles with dead batteries. This can be extremely beneficial in scenarios where there is no other vehicle around to give your jump. Make sure you keep your power pack charged, as most need to be recharged after a single jump.


Even if you have a portable power pack, it's no substitute for jumper cables. You should still keep a set of jumper cables handy in the event that your power pack doesn’t work or other situation.


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