How To Jump-start Your Car

jump-start your car

The pandemic has reduced the number of Americans on the road, which often leaves their cars parked for days or even weeks. As a car sits idle, its batteries tend to drain. This is especially true for relatively new vehicles with various electronic systems that consume energy even when the car is parked. As a consequence, many vehicle owners have needed to jump-start your car.

In fact, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there has been a 10% rise in jump-start service calls in the year 2020, with a striking 56% increase for jump-starts at residences.

Since cars have complex mechanisms, there are many risks associated when you jump-start your car. And even though it is a simple affair, you must be cautious while doing it. Attempting to jump-start a damaged or frozen battery could cause significant damage to the vehicle and, worse, individuals around the car.

If you must know how to jump a car battery independently, we recommend following the owner’s manual to the letter. These manuals spell out step-by-step instructions on the proper way to jump-start the car. And if you’re looking for a trustworthy jump-start for your car, there are dealerships like The Car Factory that can help you out if you are in the Florida or Miami area. Just call 786-406-6234 to get in touch with us!

How to jump-start your car

First, you must remember that jumper cables usually have a set of clamps, one marked red for positive and the other black for negative. And battery terminals are typically marked with a + for the positive terminal and a – for the negative. You might need to wipe off some grime to see if your battery is dirty.

Here are some common steps to follow to jump-start your car.

1.         Position the car you will use for jump-starting right next to the one with the dead battery. Ensure that the cables are reaching comfortably, but also that the vehicles are not touching one another.

2.         Turn off the ignition on both cars.

ignition on both cars

3.         First, clamp one end of the positive cable to the dead battery’s positive clamp.

4.         Now, have a helper connect the other end of that cable to the other battery’s positive clamp.

5.         Next, connect the negative cable to the negative terminal on the good battery.

6.         Finally, connect the other end of the negative cable to the ground on the vehicle with the dead battery. This can be the engine block or another metal surface away from the battery. Be careful not to touch the two ends of the cable together while doing this.

vehicle with the dead battery

7.         Start the rescue car that is providing the electricity.

8.         Start the car with the weaker battery. If it doesn’t start, check your connections and tighten or clean as needed.

9.         If it does start, let the problem car run for at least 20 minutes to allow the battery to recharge before shutting it off.

10.       If it still doesn’t start, there may be another problem. Call a local service station for help.

Call a local service

11.       Disconnect the cables in reverse order.

To avoid being stranded, you should be diligent about servicing and replacing your car’s battery. If you live in a warmer climate, it is recommended to have the battery load tested annually after two years old; and four if you live in colder weather.

But it’s always best to ask a professional for help if you are not entirely sure about the procedure. At the Car Factory, all our certified mechanics make sure that everything in your car is in perfect working condition, so book your visit today!

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