Want to know how to jumpstart a car? If you want to learn self-sufficiency and not have to rely on anyone else with your car problems, this how-to is for you. Learn how to use jumper cables and jumpstart your car in a sticky situation.
How to Jumpstart a Car Safely
Have you ever had that experience when you parked your car and when you got back, you see that you left your headlights on? Well you must know what may come next, your car just won't start! It's not the best experience especially when you have dead battery. I've been a driver for years and there will come a time when your car's battery will fail you. What I normally do before was call the tow or ask for someone else to help me out. But I then decided that I shouldn't always ask for help when the solution can be so easy.
I realized that being a woman should not stop me, or anyone, from learning automotive skills. You can never tell when you can use an added skill of self-reliance. So if you're ready to learn something new, check out this easy tutorial on how to jump a car.
What you'll need to jumpstart a car:
- jumper cables
- the dead car
- a working car
Get the two cars close enough together so you can connect the jumper cables without a problem.
TIP: Always have your jumper cables in your trunk. You'll never know when you need them.
Open the hood of both cars but before doing anything, make sure that they are both turned off.
Start with the red cables first, they are your positive cables. You'd want to clamp the red cable [positive cable] to the battery's positive terminal of your dead car first.
Then clamp the other red cable to the battery's positive terminal of the good car.
TIP: Need to know which is the positive and negative on your car battery? Normally there would be a positive (+) and negative (-) sign on top of the battery but in some cases that it doesn't, there are still a few indicators you can check. Normally the positive will have something red on it and the negative, something black. If you still don't see any of these signs, remember that the negative cable usually runs where it touches the body and the positive cable runs along the outside of the engine. So if in doubt, just follow where the cable leads.
Now that you have the red jumper cables attached, let's move on to the black cables. Put the black cable [the negative cable] to the negative terminal of the good car's battery.
(+) connects to (+)
(-) connects to (-)
You may think that the next thing to do is clamp the other black cable to the negative terminal of the dead car's battery but think again. This may cause a spark and an explosion or accident so please don't do that.
What you should do is find a good ground to connect the black cable, a clean unpainted metal surface on the car's hood, the car's engine block or the top of your alternator.
Now that you have everything attached, it's time to jump start the car. Start the good car and allow it to run for 2-3 minutes. What you're doing with this is charging the battery of the dead car.
After a bit of waiting you can now turn the ignition of the dead car and it should start. Congratulations, you're almost home free.
TIP: In the event that the dead car still doesn't start, raise the idle of the good car. This will allow the alternator to run better and charge the dead battery more.
Now that you have your car running, the last thing to do is to disconnect everything. You'll be doing it in a reverse order. So start with the black cable from the dead car then the good car. Then remove the red cable from the good car followed by the dead car earlier.
Drive around the jumped car for at least 30 minutes. This will give the battery time to recharge itself.
And that's how you jump a car battery. If you don't want to go through that whole process, be sure to always check you headlights but in case you experience this and you didn't leave your headlights on, have a professional check your battery.
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