Jumping a Dead Car Battery

jumper cablesFew situations are more frustrating as a car owner than turning your key in the ignition and nothing happens. The slow attempt of your ignition to turn over often signals a dead car battery, so knowing how to troubleshoot this common issue can help you avoid costly towing expenses. Here we walk through the simple basics of jumping a car battery.

To start, find a friend or a Good Samaritan to help you jump your car. You or the other person need jumper cables: these are important emergency tools that should be kept in your car at all times, and they often cost around $20. Park the working car about 18″ from the dead car’s engine, and turn the working car off. Now it’s time to utilize the cables, but be sure to use extreme caution, as live cables can be dangerous to people and ruinous to cars.

  • Attach one end of the red, positive cable to the positive terminal of the dead car battery.
  • Attach the other end of the positive cable to the positive of the working car battery.
  • Attach one end of the black, negative cable to the negative terminal of the working car battery.
  • Attach the other end of the negative cable to another metal part of the dead car: this piece shouldn’t be painted, greasy, or attached to the battery.

Start the working car and let it run for 5 minutes. For 1 minute, gently push the accelerator of the working car to charge up the battery of the other car. Try starting the dead car, but if it doesn’t start, try no more than 4 times.

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