How to jump-start a car
It’s never a bad idea to have a pair of jumper cables in your car in case of an emergency. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic, we got you!
Before we begin, make sure to place both cars in Park. Turn off the ignition in both cars and make sure that the emergency brakes are on. Park the assisting car nose to nose with yours and then proceed by following the steps below:
- Connect one end of the red jumper cable to the positive side of the stalled battery (should be indicated by a “+”).
- Connect the other red clamp to the positive side on the working battery.
- Connect one end of the black jumper cable to the negative side on the good battery (should be indicated by a “-“).
- You might be tempted to connect the last black jumper cable to the negative terminal of the dead battery BUT, do not do this, there is a chance that you could cause a spark. Instead, connect the last black cable to a clean, unpainted metal surface of the disabled car’s hood. Somewhere along the frame of the car is good.
- Start the car that’s doing the jumping and allow it to run for 2-3 minutes before starting the dead car. (You’re charging up the dead car’s battery)
- Turn the ignition on the dead car, and the car should start.
- Make sure to remove cables in reverse order of how you connected them.
- Drive the car and let it run for at least 20 minutes.
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